This model is approximately 1/650th scale, similar to my other skyscrapers.
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Completed in 1913 and designed by famed architect Cass Gilbert, the Woolworth Building was the tallest building in the world for seventeen years. Commissioned to be the corporate headquarters of the Woolworth Co., the gothic inspired tower was given the nickname “The Cathedral of Commerce”. The building rises to a height of 792 feet in lower Manhattan.
The backside of the building features a deep light court and structural bracing between the two slender wings. The model is quite small compared to many of my others - roughly 5" x 5" x 15". I found it sort of refreshing to build something small and simple.
LEGO made an octagonal shaped cone that would be perfectly suited for the top of the crown; however this piece has never been made available in the sand green color. I improvised with a cruder design using plates and tiles.
Gothic style architecture is rather difficult to pull off at this small scale due to the intricate levels of detailing. One of the strongest styling elements in the Woolworth building façade are the horizontal divisions.
Here, I have incorporated rows of clip plates that separate the façade into sections and help give the appearance of more complex detailing. This visual cue also separates this form of styling from my usual art deco approach which uses continuous rows of tile grille elements to emphasize uninterrupted strong vertical lines.
This is actually a really good model in all aspects! Being that it's such a famous and beautiful building, yet a relatively small model, this proves that really cool skyscrapers can be built and still be highly affordable at such a small scale! At a retail level (although unlikely) I could see this model being no more than $250!
Building a micro-scale model of this detailed gothic skyscraper presents quite a challenge but I see that you were once again equal to the task. The original structure is one of the most beautiful skyscrapers ever built. I look forward to future additions to your micro-skyline.