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In a break from my normal historic MOCs I decided to try my hand at city life by building a smaller skyscraper. I've always believed that one of the marks of a good builder is being well rounded in his/her skills and intersts.
About this creation




The skyscraper is approximately 2 feet tall and weighs about 30 pounds



As a guesstimate I would say that about 20,000 pieces went into this. Even though it may not look like it, there are large amouns of bricks beneath the raised sidewalk.



Although it is not based entirely off of any one building, I tried to scale the architecture with the Empire State Building as well as some Classical influences in it as well.



This was my 3rd prototype for the sign. I finally settled on this one because I like the shape and texture a lot better.



I love the architecture on the building. It fits in really well with the scene, and it is very much my style.



This is a good shot of the ornament on the building. Also you can see 2 little air handlers in the upper right.



Its another gorgeous day in LEGO city! I'm afraid that my city scenes are rather unrealistic and stale due to the fact that I do not live in the city and do not have much experience in them. But this was mainly built around the buildings and the minifigs literally just add life to the scene.



Ooohh, I just noticed how the fig on the left is up on his heels. Bad placement on my part.



For as much as I used them in this MOC, I really don't like those rounded trees. I prefer brick built trees much better but it is rather hard to get the rounded effect with standard leaves.



These steps used to all be regular old grey but then with the recent addition of 2 Fire Brigades, I managed to replace them with bley.



I bet she just loves here job! That face just oozes perfect ecstasy!



This shot is probably my favorite just because of the artistic nature as well as the background. I just took off the top of the skyscraper and placed it into the background to give the impression that this is actually a city.



The interior of the bank. Nothing special here.



The interior of the cafe.







The basement of the hotel has a parking garage and a subway for convenience.



From my very limited knowledge of city MOCs I understand that a good majority of them have subways of some sort. Therefore I included on in my MOC.







A smaller parking garage for the subway and Hotel



A smaller parking garage for the subway and Hotel



Here is my favorite part of the MOC. Some may call me egotistical for hiding this in there, but I would say it is the signature of the artist. BTW the graffiti spells "Baer".
I hope you can see that in there somewhere or other...



The canopy was a last minute detail, but I think without it, the hotel wouldn't look near as good as it does. The canopy sort of defines it as a hotel.



Everything inside the hotel is basically self explanatory. Hopefully you'll be able to recognize things as we go.




A little swimming area with towels and an excess of flotation devices.





Any hotel that has a continental breakfast is a luxury hotel to me!



The elevator is actually incredibly inaccurate. You cant see it, but the location of the elevator is all over the building on each individual levels.







I didn't spend as much time on the interior due to the fact that my main motivation for doing this MOC was for the architecture and the challenges that came with that.



A new thing I've been trying out, is getting the realistic details, such as satellite dishes, even if it means sacrificing visual aesthetics. I think it gives some integrity to my work



Anyhow thank you for putting up with my dreadful commentary.
Also, with Brickfair '11 coming up, I was thinking about taking this. What do you fellas think?

Credits:
Jack Bittner for his addition of tan bricks as well as different minifigs and accessories.

Also note that this is actually still something of a WIP. I will be modifying it to allow room for modular buildings if I do go to Brickfair with it.

EDIT: 1:49 PM 6-24-11
By request from the good Hans, I added a pic showing the MOC in its plain, unedited station showing the MOC in its entirety.




Thanks again,
Soli Deo Gloria!
~Blake



Comments

Blake Baer
 I like it 
Chris Melby
  April 4, 2012
I like the proportions of the building, although the ornament has a little to be desired, and the overall layout is cluttered. I do like the building though, I am assuming it has no upper interior?
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  January 23, 2012
I remember seeing this a while back, but I didn't have time to comment. I also remember being completely awe-struck. This is a massive, yet well detailed MOC that looks truly phenomenal. The tan colouration is perfect, and the details, windows, and various parts really add to it. The sign looks elegant and stately, and the lion heads are well placed. The thing that really makes this MOC stand out though is the elevated sidewalk with buildings. It's a brilliant inclusion, and I also like the interiors. I'm very surprised that the hotel also has an interior, and it looks amazing. Perhaps the elevator is really a teleportation device? Incredible work!
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  January 8, 2012
Really Impressive, not just the architecture but also the amazing details even including towels by the pool. And continental breakfasts rule 4 sure :)
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  January 5, 2012
Nice job on this! It reminds me of those LEGO skyscrapers in the movie "Elf," but yours has a lot more details. Minifigs and an interior make everything better (Well... within reason. Random mix-of-parts minifigs aren't great, and an interior on a shark is just... gross. (unless that's the whole point)). Anyways, this thing is awesome!
Blake Baer
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White Knight
  November 13, 2011
Wow !!>....such lovely detail....very well done
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  September 30, 2011
I Like It!!
 I like it 
  September 27, 2011
honestly dude, you're amazing... And for not spending much time on the interior it looked really good. These things remind me why you're one of my favorite builders :) Keep them coming please ;)
Blake Baer
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Sam "The legoman" Knavel
  September 18, 2011
Wondeful hotel, as an architecture critic (I'm not one) This is a lovely skyscraper!
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  July 31, 2011
very nice. i love all the people doing their jobs! :)
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  June 28, 2011
Very nice, great details and much activate to enjoy. Oh the mini-fig you said had bad placement, was just rocking on his heels because he's waiting for the bus. LOL
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  June 28, 2011
Like the staggered white window effect, I played around with something similar on an old MOC and coudln't pull it off, this looks great though. The whole building very imposing and I like that alot!
 I like it 
  June 27, 2011
great build, some nice details I could make a list, but the graffitti has to be the best though.
 I made it 
  June 26, 2011
Thank you all for your tremendous support and encouragement.
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  June 25, 2011
that is amazing. i am at a loss of words dude. could you join my group called cool city contest?
 I like it 
  June 25, 2011
Amazing!
Blake Baer
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Billy Bob
  June 24, 2011
I am scared and jealous. Jealous of your building talent. Scared because in almost every picture there was at least one ginger-haired person.
Blake Baer
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AA (Noname)
  June 24, 2011
Cool building! I like the windows.
Blake Baer
AA (Noname)
  June 24, 2011
PS: Add more businessmen walking and maybe one or two jogging minifigs. Also, I never actually saw painters in cities, but I'm sure they don't do it on staircases...
 I like it 
  June 24, 2011
Perfect! The details,the architecture, photos, all is great on this.
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  June 24, 2011
I love the tiny things. I would like the instructions to but most interesting is the model. P.S. I like your art fashion you like art just like me!
 I like it 
  June 24, 2011
Well done! You truly are a well-rounded builder.
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  June 24, 2011
An impressive piece of work. The details are really nice, and that graffiti is great.
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  June 24, 2011
Wow! That is one hefty build! (I could see Jamie Heineman ((From Mythbusters)) in a few pictures)
 I like it 
  June 24, 2011
Most excellent is all I can say!
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  June 24, 2011
Awesome! Love the details, the people and come to think of it, everything else. Keep it up!
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  June 24, 2011
Totally awesome!!! I really like all the details, like the graffiti.
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  June 24, 2011
Nice hotel! So many details!
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  June 24, 2011
DUDE!!!! YOUR AWESOME!!!!! You should try to build a subway station. Escalators and Smithsonian included.
 I made it 
  June 24, 2011
Quoting Hans DendauwNPD I do wish you had a better shot of the MOC in it's entirety, so as to better see the upper and lower portions together, but we get the idea. Fantastic job!~H
So sorry my good friend! I will add an unedited pic to show the the MOC in its entirety!
 I like it 
  June 24, 2011
Looks great! The architectural detail is very nice.
 I like it 
  June 24, 2011
Having tried my own hand at LEGO architecture, I can attest to the amount of work required to pull of something this detailed, inside and out. I do wish you had a better shot of the MOC in it's entirety, so as to better see the upper and lower portions together, but we get the idea. Fantastic job!~H
 I like it 
  June 24, 2011
There are a lot of nice details to be found here, inside and outside. My favourite part is probably the grafiiti idea. 20.000 bricks, really? Amazing.
 I like it 
  June 24, 2011
Stunning! I love everything about it! I really wish I was going to brickfair now!
 
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