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Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago
This model consists of 5,148 pieces.
About this creation
My seventh skyscraper based off of Spencer Rezkalla's original design. Trump International, for short, was topped out in 2009 and the plaza was finished shortly after in early 2010. The building is supported by several huge reinforced concrete pillars at its base and is one of the tallest curtain wall skyscraper in the world. The outdoor plaza features storefronts around the building and along the Chicago River.

This model is my second Chicago skyscraper model. Believe it or not, the entire building is 100% SNOT. SNOT is a LEGO« acronym that stands for Studs Not On Top. Meaning that in this building, you will not find a single conventionally stacked LEGO« brick. In other words, the entire building is made up of pieces that are turned sideways and connected together inside. My model also features over 400 1x2 clear tiles. The building took one week to design, roughly twenty hours to build, and an overall four months to complete. Model completed October 18, 2010.

More photos on Brickshelf

Construction photos here

LEGO« Digital Designer file here

Trump Tower Chicago is a ninety-eight story skyscraper. At 1,389 ft, it is currently the second tallest building in Chicago.







The heights of the three main setbacks of the building were derived from the context of surrounding buildings. The first setback at the sixteenth floor is a nod to the nearby Wrigley Building. The second references the heights of the Marina City twin towers. Finally, the third setback is relatively placed in accordance with the height of the nextdoor AMA Plaza (formerly IBM Building).



The original designs of the building called for a roof height that would have made it the tallest building in the world. These plans were scaled back following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.






The back-and-forth shifting of the tower's mass, in combination with its curved edges and subtle fašade recesses, allow the building to appear rather broad and bulky when viewed from the front, but tall and slender from the sides.





The rooftop of the sixteenth floor setback is home to Sixteen; a high-class public restaurant.







The various plaza levels form an experiential landscape along the Chicago River.






The backside of the building along Wabash Ave features the main entrance, along with a spiral parking ramp.





The opposite shoreline and corresponding portion of the Chicago Riverwalk along Wacker Drive.



Comments

Rocco Buttliere
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Sam Knavel
  June 9, 2011
Don't forget to mention Transformers Dark of the Moon!
  March 12, 2011
perhaps I am overlooking something.. What door does this blue key looking structure lock or unlock? bluekey es tur leg O ?
Rocco Buttliere
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sam knavel
  February 12, 2011
I have got to build this, I am going to download the file to LDD soon!
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  November 15, 2010
This is very impressive and dedicated work. I can't imagine the monotony of assembling this monstrosity. Great job.
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  October 30, 2010
Soo a last try ;) Rocco..this is a very good model..it's very detailed..all the entrances and the round "building" behind the tower..everything is perfect..i realy like this model because..i followed the "history" of it..first you only got the LDD file and i asked you when you will order the first bricks. I saw the process of building on brickshelf and i don't know why but..that give a very special touch to the model..for me... you know?..i don't know how to told you guys what i am talking about..but...how ever...very good model nice details.. really love it ;) Greets from germany Rico
Rocco Buttliere
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Thoy Bradley
  October 20, 2010
This is fantastic. Nothing more to say. 5/5. For your next project do you wanna do that new building in Dubai? I think it stands at 810m tall in real life, has a similar tier design to the building to break up the wind. ~Thoy
Rocco Buttliere
Thoy Bradley
  October 20, 2010
Here is the link to the Burj Khalifa tower website :) Hope you enjoy. http://www.burjkhalifa.ae/
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  October 20, 2010
Quoting Thoy Bradley For your next project do you wanna do that new building in Dubai? I think it stands at 810m tall in real life, has a similar tier design to the building to break up the wind. ~Thoy
I actually made the Burj Khalifa too. Look at my creations.
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  October 20, 2010
excellent work, all the detail is just astounding
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  October 20, 2010
That thing looks like something you'd see in 2170. Nice work!
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  October 20, 2010
Incredible, if you wouldn't mind, how tall exactly is this amazing building? Also what would be really cool would be if you actually had Batman about to drop poor joker off the roof!!
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  October 20, 2010
Nice work, and I like how you detailed it with the plaza and all. Excellent!
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  October 20, 2010
Great job! I wonder how many transparent elements you used.
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  October 20, 2010
Very nice!
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  October 19, 2010
Rocco, Bravo on your latest skyscraper! It is a fantastic representation of the Trump Tower in Chicago. Congratulations. PET
 
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