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Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago
Model completed in 2010
About this creation
This model is approximately 1/650th scale, similar to my other skyscrapers

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A continuation in my study of glass curtain walled skyscrapers. It's another Trump building, but this time there is more interesting curvature and color to explore. The model is coated in trans-clear "cheese" slopes and tiles. Beneath this layer is an additional layer of trans-clear plates. Finally underneath those are basic blue plates which give the model its blue tint. The extra layer of trans-clear plates helps diffuse the blue studs so they aren't overly visible.


The 92 floor Trump International Hotel & Tower is the tallest building completed in the United States since the Sears Tower in 1974. With its decorative spire, the building rises 1389ft and is the second tallest in Chicago. Originally it was slated to be the tallest building in the world with a height around 2000ft and 150 stories, but the plans were scaled back following September 11th. The lower floors include a parking garage and five star hotel. The upper floors are condominiums.


Designed by architect Adrian Smith, the tower is situated on the Chicago River, just west of Michigan Avenue. The height of the setbacks relates the building to its neighbors. The first setback is the height of the cornice of the Wrigley Building to the east, while the second relates to Marina City to the West. The final setback is the height of the IBM Building across the street. Originally the building plan form was a pure parallelogram, but Smith radiused the opposing corners in response to feedback from architectural critics. From some angles the tower appears slim and elegant, while from others, broad shouldered and imposing.

My favorite detail is the subtle back and forth single plate-width sheathing of the curtain wall on the second and third setbacks. This was easy to do with the studs-sideways architecture.






The spiral parking ramp and covered entrance.







Can anyone spot the fictional LEGO store in the Riverwalk store fronts?





Looking up!




Comments

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  August 1, 2010
This is unbelievable!
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  June 6, 2010
This is very very good. I love your work, it's unique and beautiful!
  June 6, 2010
.....hold on a sec...let me pick up the shatered peices of jaw all over the floor....WWOOOWWW. this is truely incredible. I love this to (Lego) peices...lol. This is so awsome. I like how you used the blue prices under the trans clear peices for the tinted effect. 479/5...great build BTW, I found the lego store...
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  June 6, 2010
man this is awesome! ^_^
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  June 6, 2010
Quoting Rocco B Wow Spencer! The lack of warping is fantastic!
The building is segmented into two stud tall cross section slices like a loaf of bread stood on its side. These slices are connected with technic pins and axles. This prevents the outer tiles and plates from warping the facade.
Spencer  R.
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Thomas N
  June 5, 2010
Brilliant, just utterly brilliant. The model even has a nice glassy look to it. ~T
  June 5, 2010
Wow Spencer! The lack of warping is fantastic! And I also think it's very cool how you subdued the brightness of the standard blue by dimming it a bit with the trans-clear pieces! Ingenious! I'll start work on an LDD file to post on my Brickshelf immediately! I also challenge you to make it's most recognizable neighboring building you discussed: the Marina Towers then connect the two properties much like your Rockefeller Center!
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  June 5, 2010
As impressive as always! I look forward to seeing it at BrickWorld.
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  June 5, 2010
This is truly a gorgeous building! I never knew though that it was to be the tallest building in the world until 9/11. Interesting stuff =)
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  June 5, 2010
Absolutely fantastic work! I really love the glass effect as well as the perfect capture of the mass and shape of this structure.
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  June 5, 2010
Excellent build, and nice use of an innovative design approach to get a nice diffused look. TOTAL success, and one less building on the "never built with Lego" list for the rest of us. Kudos!
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  June 5, 2010
nice its finally made in legos
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  June 5, 2010
I found the Lego store! I love the whole thing!
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  June 5, 2010
yay you added something! =D this is very impressive! =O
 
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