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US Bank Tower, Los Angeles
This model consists of 3,681 piecees.
About this creation
This is my first custom skyscraper model, and my ninth overall. As always, it is built according to my models' universal scale: about 1/650. However, this is probably one of the most unique of the nine because it stands out the most due to its white facade with trans-light blue pieces for the windows.

As far as I know, this is the first fully-built LEGOŽ model of the US Bank Tower made by a fan: a fact that I am proud to say. The model consists of over 1,200 1x1 round "flower" plates, about 180 1x2 jumper plates, and nearly 50 1x1 plates in the trans-light blue color. The model took approximately three days to design, two days to build, and an overall three months to complete. Model completed on April 16, 2011.

More photos on Brickshelf

Construction photos here

LEGOŽ Digital Designer file here

Completed in 1989, the US Bank Tower is the tallest American building west of the Mississippi River. It is also arguably the second most recognizable skyscraper in California, with Trans-America Pyramid of San Francisco number one.







The tower was built to withstand an 8.3 magnitude earthquake; a good prospect when considering the fact that there is a 99.9% chance that an upward of 8.0 magnitude quake will occur near the San Andrea's Fault Line within the next 100 years. In fact, until the completion of Taipei 101 in 2004, the US Bank Tower was the world's tallest building in a major seismically-active region.






Illuminated by night is the glass crown atop the tower, represented in the model by two 4x4 white technic gears. Adorning the crown is a rooftop helipad- which was built due to Los Angeles local building codes- making the 73-story US Bank Tower the tallest building in the world with a rooftop helipad.







The main entrance along W 5th St.







The outdoor plaza featuring my attempt at micro-scale palm trees made using 1x1 telescope pieces with round green plates on top.







The outdoor escalators that led up and down the plaza's various levels. To the right, are the plaza's stairs, which are seperated into two lanes by a waterfall channel. Furthermost right are white 1x2 roof slope peaks which represent the angled canvases for providing shade over some of the plaza's balconies.







The back of the plaza along Hope Pl with access to the underground parking garage on the left and a garage bay door for truck loads.







Various levels of the base of the tower.







The upper tiers of the tower.








Another view showing how the building gets thinner as it rises.







Directly overhead.







Looking up from what would be accross the street along W 5th St.




Comments

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  July 29, 2013
This is an amazing model, I love it! But I was wondering if you could make an updated version of it, because when I was picking out individual parts in the LEGO store, many of the ones used in this model are no longer in production. I also think that it would be cool if you did a scale model of the Stratosphere Las Vegas :)
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  August 26, 2011
Quoting Joe E. Oh wow that's tall...well anyways, i was astounded when i saw this, not what i was expecting at all. I love the base, i just love it and everything about it-color scheme, shape...everything. Well the height and colors of the pieces on the tower itself add a pleasing effect to the MOC, and it's topped off by the golden crown on top of it. Nothing bad to say about this, but how's it not fall over?
Thanx for all the comments guys! @Joe. E, I'm not sure what you mean by your question... A word on the integrity of the model though; the only things that are slightly unstable are the 1x1 columns of round white and trans-light blue round flower petal pieces that go almost all the way to the top. At some points, these columns tend to warp and bend out/inward because they're only held in place via friction with other pieces they touch. It can get annoying sometimes but leaving pieces to be held in place using gravity or friction has never really been something I shy away from.
 I like it 
  August 26, 2011
Oh wow that's tall...well anyways, i was astounded when i saw this, not what i was expecting at all. I love the base, i just love it and everything about it-color scheme, shape...everything. Well the height and colors of the pieces on the tower itself add a pleasing effect to the MOC, and it's topped off by the golden crown on top of it. Nothing bad to say about this, but how's it not fall over?
 I like it 
  August 26, 2011
Once again, really awesome building!
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  August 25, 2011
Astounding! The guys from LEGO Architecture should hire you. :)
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  August 24, 2011
Wow, its so tall! Nice work, it looks great.
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  August 22, 2011
Very Good indeed. It impresses me how tall it is.
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  August 22, 2011
Wow! That's a lot of studs! Great job.
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  August 22, 2011
Looks great. looks realistic too. You did a good job on the details of this moc. 5*
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  August 20, 2011
Wow! Wow! Wow!!!! Very realistic!
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  August 20, 2011
Wow, impressive! You're a fantastic builder, it's amazing how realistic all of your creations look!
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  August 20, 2011
UI see some one had fun in PAB
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  August 16, 2011
This is a terrific model, you executed it perfectly. I was so inspired by it that I have made my own (which you can see on my page). It is built very differently and is significantly smaller and less detailed, but you should check it out!
 I made it 
  August 11, 2011
Quoting Fred Smith I loooove this model of US Bank Tower! Do you have instructions on how to build this? It looks 100% accurate to the real building.
Thanx for the interest! Yes, I do have instructions. You can click on the link below my introductory paragraphs to go to my LEGO Digital Designer model of the building. From there, you can make a checklist on your own, and have the program generate instructions for you. Good luck!
  August 10, 2011
I loooove this model of US Bank Tower! Do you have instructions on how to build this? It looks 100% accurate to the real building.
Rocco Buttliere
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Sam Knavel
  April 22, 2011
This needs more attention! Like I said this is incredible!
Rocco Buttliere
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Sam Knavel
  April 22, 2011
Your welcome, I am thinking of working on Chase Tower Chicago!
 I made it 
  April 22, 2011
Quoting Sam Knavel This needs more attention! Like I said this is incredible!
Thanks for commenting twice Sam! I'm really glad you like it :P
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  April 18, 2011
As always we are inpressed with all your buildings.
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  April 18, 2011
Awesome building! I love the effect of the clear blue pieces.
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  April 17, 2011
I am blown away by your buildings Rocco! This site is interesting as you describe all t he features in the building. I really enjoyed reading all about it. Looking forward to more!!!
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  April 17, 2011
Cool
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  April 17, 2011
Great job on your first custom skyscraper, this is nicely done. I'm going to have to use round plates for a building of mine since they look pretty cool. Just wondering, how tall is the MOC (in inches)?
Rocco Buttliere
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Sam Knavel
  April 16, 2011
Rocco, I LOVE THIS!!!!! It looks better in real life! Keep up the good work, I don't know what else to say, I'M SPEECHLESS!!!!!
 
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