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26" Tall MicroScale Lippo Centre Twin Towers (from Hong Kong)
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Hk Twin Towers designed by an Australian architect to look like Koala Bears climbing up 2 trees
About this creation

As you can see, this bldg, although it really feels like a skyscraper when you walk up to it, is a little guy compared to the other skyscrapers I have built.


Lippo Centre.




Here is a nice computer generated model of the bldg, as seen from above


In case you want to take a taxi ride there...


I love the fact that this bldg has Drake Street on the North side of it.


This shot gives you an idea of the scale of this twin tower complex. I have plans to complete a proper street scene with the Tram that runs in front of the building, but in 32 hours I board a plane for Hong Kong, and not wanting to see something about the bldg that I didn't notice before, and subsequently have inclinations to tear it apart and re-do it, I have decided to just post it now as is, and clean up the street scene after I get back.


Always thinking ahead to the next BrickFair, I am now building everything modularly


Each tower has 4 modular components that come off, making the bldg easier to transport


"The Podium from Hell" Aaarrrrghh. I have never built a podium before, always just shooting up with the tower. My 1st bldg was the TaiPei 101, and I excluded the podium mall from the design. Tower #2 was the Bank of China Tower in HK, which has no podium, but a waterfalls I left out of the design. Tower #3 was the ShangHai Oriental Pearl Tower, and I have not even completed the podium on that one yet. Tower #4 was the ShangHai World Finance Center, and, agian, I left the podium complex out.


Well, this puppy just wasn't going up without the podium underneath it. And it was the part that really hurt! So many angles, so many cantileverd wings, so many, so much, so odd. I have suffered 1,000 podiums with this bldg.


And after I got it done, I love it!


SNOT ! SNOT !!! This building has studs going in 9 different directions. Each tower is octagonal, and while I truly wanted to build it using transparent blue bricks, the transparent blue brick inventory on bricklink looked about as sad as it did after I built the Hong Kong Bank of China Tower a couple years back.


With no blue bricks available, I opted for the next best thing, transparent blue tiles stuck to light bluish-grey plates. While the visual affect if nice, without a sufficient amount of clear plates available, lighting this up from the inside is now impossible.

PIC #6 below


PIC #7 below



And those columns. This part was a beast, getting them all juxtaposed just right in relation to the towers above. And then having an octagonal tower teetering on spindly towers made out of 2x2 cylinders. I developed a rotating turntable underneath each tower that is rotated 45 degrees, with plates and hinges used to transfer direction, and each one provides 2 sturdy legs for each tower. The rest of the support is provided by the spindly columns...

PIC #10 below



PIC #12 below



PIC #15 below



PIC #16 below



PIC #17 below


Looking down from above


Looking down from above


Looking down from above


Looking down from above

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| The Official Props to the Wife Section |
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The beloved co-lover of all things Lego of all things Hong Kong really rose to the occasion with this one. The Podium, that F****-in' podium. You've no idea how many times I had to just go back upstairs and partake in podium-memory-erasing libations during this production. The best advice from her on this one, after I had the podium 90% finished, and 2 towers firmly connected to the base plate, through the podium, at the point in time when I realized the podium height on the back was off by about 2 bricks, was this simple, soothing, saying, "Nobody but you will EVER know!" She's right; I've visited this building 3 or 4 times, camera in hand, with the mission of photographing every single deatil of it, and I still can't quite figure out what went wrong, and I agree, nobody will ever know.
Thanks Linda! XOXO

Here are some great shots of the actual Lippo Center Twin Towers: http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/lippocentre/Interesting



Comments

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  July 13, 2014
Very nice! I'm sure, it was a real challenge to build this shape with lego bticks! Using the gear rack as stairs is great!
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  April 23, 2014
woahhh, what an awesome build!
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  March 30, 2014
This is a really amazing build! Those shapes are so much fun, and it's a really ambitious subject to attempt. You have created a really beautiful rendition.
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  March 20, 2014
Quoting Alex Sonny This is so beautiful! I cannot imagine how long it must have took you designing and building this architectural masterpiece. And it looks completely identical to the real thing too!
Thanks Alex. I spent many a Saturday afternoon walking in and around this tower taking pictures of all the angles. I only wish I had added the sandwich shop on the western end of it.
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  March 20, 2014
Quoting Marin Stipkovic Now you just need to smooth-out the street with some tiles. ;)
Actually, since I took these pics, I have completed the street scene with tram stations, traffic, sidewalks, a fountain, and a park on the side as it is in Hong Kong. But this baby is boxed up in storage right now as I am in an interim housing situation during a training period before I relocate to China. I do miss looking at these towers everyday as they used to be in my living room.
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  March 19, 2014
Great work. They are certainly a bit different from your usual glass prism office block.
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  March 15, 2014
This is so beautiful! I cannot imagine how long it must have took you designing and building this architectural masterpiece. And it looks completely idenical to the real thing too!
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  March 7, 2014
Now you just need to smooth-out the street with some tiles. ;)
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  November 18, 2013
This is a fantastic build and very interesting to look at. The different angles just pull you in. Looks like a very complicated construction and it does look like the real thing. You have a natural talent for this. Thank you for all the great comments you left on my MOCs. I'm very pleased you like them so much. Regards Andy
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  November 9, 2013
very impressive! and I like how you make me travel, lol.
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  September 2, 2013
Fascinating angles in this building. A very sci-fi feeling build again. I like the photos where you show how it takes apart into modules and the internal structure of those modules. At over 2 feet tall, this is an impressive build.
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  April 25, 2011
This is absoluty beautiful !!!!
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  April 25, 2011
Amazing work with all of those angles.~H
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  April 24, 2011
Awesome!
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  April 22, 2011
Another incredible (and seemingly impossible to build) structure you have mastered! I feel your pain with wanting to get it perfect, but knowing no on else will see it. I'm the same way! Sometimes you just have to say "close enough" and move on. "You must persevere to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks."
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  April 16, 2011
Another masterclass in architecture - well done on that *(?/*@* podium. Although Linda is probably right, the fact is YOU will know! This is why both sides of my truck are the same even though I only photographed one. Thanks for all your kind comments and keep bricking!
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  April 16, 2011
Wiped out BrickLink a while back getting these. No trans blue bricks were even available in sufficient quantity. Have more than a few tiles left over though!
Quoting De Tomaso Pantera Beauiful. Love the trans blue tiles you must have boxes of them. keep the coming!
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  April 11, 2011
Beauiful. Love the trans blue tiles you must have boxes of them. keep the coming!
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  March 26, 2011
Very well done.
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  March 26, 2011
Who said LEGO is just a kid's toy!? You proved that LEGO is another kind of art!
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  March 25, 2011
wow!
david drake
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Sam Knavel
  March 7, 2011
Nice job, I like it. The computer generated model is from simcity 4, best game ever!
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  March 7, 2011
I wasn't familiar with this builing previously, but judging from the actual photos posted you've done a real nice job on a challenging shape. There's some great small touches too - such as the 1x4 technic rack plate angled into a set of stairs.
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  March 7, 2011
This is a great build! I love it! It is as though you were actually in Hong Kong! Thank you so much for allowing me to assist in the building! Great husband-wife bonding times!!
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  March 7, 2011
woah! great work!
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  March 7, 2011
Fantastic! The Koala-effect is really convincing too!
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  March 7, 2011
Incredible. Those angles all in trans blue are simply mind-blowing!
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  March 7, 2011
I would love to see this at Brickfair. The trans blue tiles make every water lover here just drool. A great new use for them. Excellent work on the angling, I can understand the logistical challenges of those. Fantastic creation.
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  March 7, 2011
Amazing!
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  March 7, 2011
This must have been very challenging with all the little angles, but you pulled it off nicely. Another great addition to your already impressive portfolio!
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  March 7, 2011
Cool sign (with your name). As for the skyscraper, nice job. The design of the building is very intriguing.
 
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