The YouTube video below presents the final model, comparing the LEGO version to the visualizations of the actual building. I am very satisfied with the end result.
Below are images with various angles and light. I particularly like the last image imitating the sunset with large shadows.
The professional images were shot at the studios of Trendshots.dk, who specialize in product images for webshops. The pictures below show the process. Each of the final pictures is composed of three images with varying focus and has been cleared of any background noise and clutter.
As can be seen on the picture above, the model sits on top of a turn table which allowed us to take a 360 degree image of the model. Click the image below to see the model turn.
The model is currently on display in the foyer of LEGO House in Billund alongside all the other buildings in the BIG Builders project. It can be seen in its own display case in the back of the picture.
I have built the 8-house. This is situated in Amager, Denmark, not so far from my home. I ikke to be able to visit the building in real life, when I build it in LEGO.
I had made some “trial and error” building of smaller sections of the building during autumn 2017, but the main work took place from February to April 2018. It was a challanging building to work with and It took some time to understand the building construction. But is has also been an educational process, and I am happy to have been a part of this project.
The model stands roughly 65 cm tall and consists of approximately 8,600 pieces. At 1:650 scale, it is consistent with all the models in my body of work.
As you can see, the façade of the model consists mostly of transparent elements. Behind this outer layer, the inside is almost completely made up of medium blue bricks and plates, which give the model its beautiful bluish color, as if it’s reflecting the sky.
Each of the six rooftop terraces created by the stacking setbacks of the building are sprinkled with green elements to represent trees and grass. This gives the model a very organic appearance and enhances the dynamic nature of the stacking effect.
Depending on where you view the model, you might be surprised that you’re still looking at the same building!
The seven stacked masses give the overall model a truly unique appearance, one that will certainly turn heads once the real building is completed in New York.
The model also features detailed landscaping at the street level
The greenery encircles the building and surrounds the open glazing of the lobby.
Also included in the model are the various satellite arrays within the parapet at rooftop level. A couple of these satellites make use of minifigure hockey mask visors for the curved dishes!
A final view of the model shows how all seven sections stack seamlessly together along a single 2×2 spine. This spine starts within the base of the model, and every section simply slides into place on top of one another, all the way to the top.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this project come to life as much as I’ve enjoyed designing and building it! I will be traveling to Billund to install the model in the LEGO House on Thursday, April 26 with the rest of the BIG Buildings Exhibition. I look forward to having it on display as well as seeing all the other incredible models that will be a part of this exhibition!
My model has now reached its full height of 89 cm, I am now more than half done. The terraces takes a long time to build, as not two are alike. I hope the building will be finished to 20. April, but I am still not sure, I have to work hard to reach the deadline.
The model of Two World Trade Center has now been fully designed! The next step will be to build this incredible skyscraper out of physical LEGO.
These renderings show the completed digital model. Although it may look simple from the outside, the model features numerous angles and façade techniques which require sideways construction. Overall, the entire model consists of more than 8,600 pieces, most of which are transparent 1×2 plates. One thing the renderings don’t show quite accurately, is the medium blue color which lies beneath the transparent façade. These medium blue elements will give the model a soft blue tint, similar to the actual reflection of the sky that the curtain wall façade will have when the building is completed.
Additionally, the model will feature greenery at street level as well as on each rooftop terrace as the skyscraper ascends to its full height.
Stay tuned for more updates as the model is physically built.
The waste-to-energy plant, Amager Resource Center, is located in an industrial area, that throughout the years, has turned into an extreme sport destination for thrill seekers. Different extreme sports activities take place in the raw industrial facilities such as cable wake boarding, go-kart racing, and rock climbing among others. The Amager Resource Center is the most significant landmark in the area and the building is in need of renewal. BIG propose a new breed of waste-to-energy plant, one that is economically, environmentally, and socially profitable. Instead of considering Amager Resource Center as an isolated object, we mobilize the architecture and intensify the relationship between the building and the city—expanding the existing activities in the area by turning the roof of the new Amager Resource Center into a ski slope for the citizens of Copenhagen.
The new plant establishes Amager Resource Center as an innovator on an urban scale, redefining the relationship between the waste plant and the city. It will be both iconic and integrated, a destination in itself, and a reflection on the progressive vision of the company.
Lasse Vestergård (a 22 years old LEGO fan from Denmark) have built the LEGO model in scale 1:200.
ARC is an Incinerator placed in Amager near to Copenhagen centrum. The roof of the building is an artificial ski slope, where it will be possible to ski all year round.
The geometry of the roofscape supports three slopes of different gradients. Besides the ski slope there will also be green forest areas like a real mountain, and a big climbing wall.
On the top of the slope, there will be a viewing plateau and a little café. The building is still under construction and will be finished in the end of 2018.
The walls of the building have a very characteristic net structure.
Lasse have used around 4000 LEGO Technic liftarms to build this net structure.
The design of 2 WTC is derived from its urban context at the meeting point between two very different neighborhoods: the Financial District with its modernist skyscrapers and TriBeCa with its lofts and roof gardens. The design combines the unique qualities of each, melding high-rise with lowrise and modern with historical. From the 9/11 Memorial, the building appears as a tall and slender tower just as its three neighboring towers, while the view from TriBeCa is of a series of stepped green terraces. The building is aligned along the axis of World Trade Center Master Planner Daniel Libeskind’s ‘Wedge of Light’ plaza to preserve the views to St. Paul’s Chapel from the Memorial park.
The model will be built by Rocco Buttliere:
Two World Trade Center is an 81-story skyscraper that is currently under construction in New York City. Its form is comprised of seven stacked masses which change shape as the building rises, each one cantilevered further away from the original footprint. This shifting profile resembles the lowrise building conditions throughout the local Tribeca neighborhood, while the solid profile facing the September 11th Memorial, serves as a solemn gesture to the legacy of the World Trade Center complex.
The first step in modeling this building was to carefully measure all the dimensions of each of the seven masses which will be stacked on top of one another. I drew several elevation and plan drawings in order to record these measurements and to refer back to while I design in LEGO Digital Designer. The model will be 1:650 scale, and so far, I have designed the second and third masses which you can see in the screenshots. The façade of the building will consist of thousands of trans-clear plates on the exterior, with medium blue plates and bricks on the interior. Putting the medium blue elements behind a layer of trans-clear plates will diffuse the blue color so it is less saturated and more accurate to the real-world appearance.
You may also notice a 2×2 hole through the middle of each of the masses. The location of this hole will allow for a continuous 2×2 beam made of technic elements to slide through the entire completed model, not only connecting all the masses together, but also providing a spine which will anchor the model to the base. It is important that the model be made of separate pieces in order to be transported easily, but it is also important that it be structurally sound when it is exhibited.