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One World Trade Center, New York
Model completed in 2011
About this creation
This model is approximately 1/650th scale, similar to my other skyscrapers.

10 Photos available on Brickshelf.com

Builder's Addendum; July 2011: I have been thinking about this model for almost ten years, beginning shortly after it was announced that the World Trade Center would be rebuilt. Over the years I sat and watched the design evolve, from the initial Daniel Libeskind concept, to the ill-fated collaborative, twisting, wind turbine-topped structure that Legoland California prematurely built, to the final elegant taping form being constructed today. I never stopped thinking about how I could translate the design into LEGO.

This model is Version 1. Undoubtedly there will be future revisions as the real building is completed and I get a better look at the actual finished product. In time, I plan to complete the other World Trade Center buildings and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum,. Stay tuned.


One World Trade Center is the centerpiece tower of the new World Trade Center complex in downtown Manhattan. After a lengthy and controversial design process, the final design was unveiled in 2005, by star architect David Childs of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. The tower rises 1776 feet to the tip of its spire and will become the tallest building in the United States.



An aerial view of the building showing the tapering sides. The top of the tower features an indoor observation deck. Plans for a restaurant to replace Windows on the World were cancelled however.





A close-up of the communication ring and guyed cables supporting the spire.






This view shows a close-up of the base. At this point in time, the façade of the LEGO model is somewhat speculative as the revised design for the cladding of the actual building has not yet been revealed.

It’s interesting to note that I have constructed the base using the exact same façade technique as my original twin towers model, merely substituting trans-clear tiles for the tile grilles.

For the real building, there is a tapering of the chamfered corners that I couldn’t quite duplicate at this small scale. Instead I opted to chamfer the corners with "cheese slope" bricks and have the portion of the tower immediately above the base be slightly wider to give an overall illusion of a downward tapering effect.

Here is an interesting profile comparison of both of my 1 WTC models. When viewed straight-on, the new tower mimics the profile of the old and the top of the glass parapet is 1368ft - exactly the height of the old north tower.



Comments

  August 21, 2014
are any of your models for sale?
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  June 8, 2012
this is awesome, love the design and size. very good!
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  May 22, 2012
cool!
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  April 6, 2012
Quoting Peter Michals I have a question, how much did it cost to build this particular model? Also, would you ever make the design plans and instructions on how to build it public?
I prefer to spend time building new models rather than making plans or building instructions. However other fans have made digital design files of some of my models. If they are ever created for this model I will provide a link to them.
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  April 4, 2012
Wow, this is simply amazing, your models are absolutely perfect. I have a question, how much did it cost to build this particular model? Also, would you ever make the design plans and instructions on how to build it public?
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  March 17, 2012
Quoting person who is fan of legos how did you get the building to look blue? Did you use blue clear pieces or did you use a different techniques
There are medium blue bricks and plates beneath a layer of clear plates.
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  January 29, 2012
how did you get the building to look blue? Did you use blue clear pieces or did you use a different techniques
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  November 18, 2011
Quoting Lynda Tollner you are in luck, the new podium design does away with the chamfered corners at the base.
Thanks for the design tip! You and your team are doing a great job constructing the real deal.
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  November 15, 2011
you are in luck, the new podium design does away with the chamfered corners at the base.
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  September 12, 2011
Great work, specially on the different angles you had to manage.
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  September 11, 2011
Quoting Ben Lubeck I LOVE IT! I just went there this summer and their about half way done with it. And it's actually called Freedom Tower.
The legal name of the building is One World Trade Center, per the Port Authority. This was decided in early 2009.
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  September 11, 2011
I LOVE IT! I just went there this summer and their about half way done with it. And it's actually called Freedom Tower.
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  July 24, 2011
this is amazing, beautiful, and amazingly beautiful!
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  July 24, 2011
Quoting David Luders If you used Lego Digital Designer (LDD) for your model, how did you keep your HUGE model from crashing the program? I know of other LDD modelers who build cityscapes with ~30,000 pieces) which seems to be the limit where most PCs cannot handle the calculations). How many pieces does your building have? Is your PC extra-powerful to handle it?
I don't build my models in digital format, so I've never really had to worry about it. I'm not sure how many pieces are in this one, but it's a good number due to all the trans-clear plates!
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  July 23, 2011
If you used Lego Digital Designer (LDD) for your model, how did you keep your HUGE model from crashing the program? I know of other LDD modelers who build cityscapes with ~30,000 pieces) which seems to be the limit where most PCs cannot handle the calculations). How many pieces does your building have? Is your PC extra-powerful to handle it?
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  July 22, 2011
Amazing, just, Amazing.
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  July 22, 2011
Oh wow, another great design! Man, you churn these puppies out like nothing. Keep up the great work!
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  July 22, 2011
Beautiful work, once again. Terrific job on the subtle angular elements of the build.
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  July 22, 2011
Holy crap! Amazing!
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  July 22, 2011
Magnificent piece of legotechture! Especially for this scale
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  July 22, 2011
Awesome!
  July 22, 2011
Ecsquisite work Spencer! You really show your talent with this model! Perhaps one of my favorite details is the antenna; namely the nod to the old tower 1 with the 4 SNOT stud brick in both antennas. Although both serve different aesthetic/architectural purposes, I like how you sort of commemorated your old tower with that similarity in the new tower. Whether intentional or not, that adds sentimental value to the legacy of what was, while still looking on with the addition of the new One World Trade Center to your collection. Wonderful job again, Spencer!
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Sam Knavel
  July 21, 2011
Nice build Spencer! I have been looking forward to a decent 1 WTC for years! How did you pull off the top and have you also considered making the Shanghai World Financial Center which has a similar shape to it?
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Mitchell Andre
  July 21, 2011
Stunning!
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jack anderson
  July 21, 2011
That thing is.... big!! -JWA
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  July 21, 2011
Its lovely. Thanks for doin' it right.
  July 21, 2011
I had a sneaking suspicion this might be the final reveal; an excellent interpretation. You handled the tapered edges very nicely, I always wondered exactly how you might accomplish that feat.
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  July 21, 2011
Very nice, superb building,i am really loking foward for the 9/11 mueseum, FDNY 343, never forget. -Paulo R.
 
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