The model has now been fully designed in LEGO Digital Designer!
Overall, the model will consist of nearly 5,500 pieces and will feature a façade made up of transparent LEGO plates, with medium blue plates behind. The spiral pattern was surprisingly tricky to account for as it winds its way up the tower, and resulted in numerous half-stud offsets along the broad faces of the building. The windows directly behind each spiral step will feature tan highlights in an effort to differentiate these sections of façade from the rest of the glass. The balconies will also be covered in plenty of greenery and plants in the spirit of the overall design concept of continuing New York City’s Highline into the Skyline!
This image highlights much of the internal structure of the model. It is made up of four stacked modules which are connected with a central 2×2 technic beam. I chose to use pink during much of the design process as transparent elements can be difficult to see in LEGO Digital Designer. This decision also helped with the program’s performance overall.
A LEGO model of The Spiral will be build by Rocco Buttliere.
Every new piece starts with a sketch. As a trained architect, plan and section drawings always help me better visualize the dimensions and massing of the overall building. The next step is to start designing the model, which will likely be made up of numerous stacks of floor plates, each with different dimensions as the spiral pattern slowly diminishes the overall footprint. Stay tuned!
In the description of the building, BIG states:
Located at the intersection of the High Line and the newly developed Hudson Boulevard Park on Manhattan’s new western frontier, THE SPIRAL extends the green space of the former train tracks in a spiraling motion towards the sky – from High Line to the skyline. The 1,005 ft high-rise is a unique hybrid that intertwines a continuous green pathway with workspaces on every level. The chain of amenity spaces and terraces originates at THE SPIRAL’s main entrance on 34th street and Hudson Boulevard. The spiral wraps around the tower, which becomes gradually slimmer towards the top. This creates unique floor configurations that will cater to a diverse community of tenants making the building a lively place for businesses of different scales – giving tenants a stake in the buildings iconic skyline presence.
Inside, every terrace becomes a double height atrium with impressive views over Manhattan, offering a more informal setting for meetings, events and recreational activities. These spaces connect multiple levels in the building, offering an alternative to elevators to encourage physical activity and interaction amongst colleagues. THE SPIRAL sets a new standard for the contemporary workplace, where nature becomes an integrated part of the work environment while spatial features are continuously adaptable to the changing needs of the tenants and their organizations.
The stepping form of THE SPIRAL echoes the architecture of
New York City’s classic stepped setback skyscrapers and is the natural
evolutionary step in the Tishman Speyer portfolio. The silhouette of THE SPIRAL
resonates with the iconic architecture of Rockefeller Center while its modern
materials and detailing place it at the forefront of contemporary high-rise
design on a path to become a future classic on the Manhattan skyline.
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.