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World Financial Center, New York City
This model consists of approximately 22,000 pieces.
About this creation
This is my sixth custom skyscraper model and my eighteenth overall. The World Financial Center is an eight million square foot, four-building complex located in the financial district of lower Manhattan. The entire complex was built between 1985 and 1988 as part of the development of Battery Park City. The whole project was built upon landfill, consisting mostly of dirt excavated from the construction site of the original World Trade Center complex, which is actually located just across West St. from the World Financial Center. The post-modern style complex, designed by architect César Pelli, hosts a myriad of notable tenants including Dow Jones & Co., Merrill Lynch, American Express, and Deloitte and Touche.

This is my sixth New York skyscraper model and is also, by far, my largest to date. Realizing the form of this model has taken years of thought and months of extensive technique development. Due to the fact that each building has three distinct façade transitions, none of which I had previously designed anything similar to, I was forced to come up with all-new techniques for the entire project. I am very pleased with how the final product has turned out after about six months of design time, more than two weeks of building, and an overall ten months to complete. Model completed May 8, 2012.

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Construction photos here

LEGO® Digital Designer files here

The World Financial Center features a large outdoor plaza area that is used for many different recreational purposes such as hosting concerts and a variety of outdoor cooking during the summer. It also includes the North Cove Yacht Harbor which provides easy access to the complex from the Hudson River.

The ten-story glass atrium known as the Winter Garden is a well-known compliment to the complex. It houses a display of various trees and plants as well as multiple retail outlets. As a result of the events on 9/11, the Winter Garden was critically damaged and required $50 million to replace the the 2,000 panes of glass that were blown out by dust from the collapse of the Twin Towers, 60,000 square feet of marble flooring and stairs, and sixteen Washington robusta palm trees. Upon reopening on September 11, 2002, the Winter Garden became the first major structure to be fully restored after the attacks.

A small park sits adjacent to the main entrance of Two World Financial Center.






Two octagonal access halls border Liberty St. Both are connected by an access bridge that spans the street. Each one also features identical copper HVAC exhaust vents on their rooftops. These sections presented a unique challenge when designing the model. The octagon shape was accomplished using a column of ten 2x2 plate with octagonal bar frame held together via technic axle. The façade was then put into place using 1x1 plate with horizontal clip for the lower dark bluish-gray portion, and 1x1 tile with clip for the upper tan portion. The 1x2 cheese slopes proved invaluable for sealing the angle interfaces.

One World Financial Center sits on separate cross-streets from the rest of the complex. Its white pedestrian bridge spans West St. leading to the construction site of a park which, when completed, will be part of the new World Trade Center complex.




One of my favorite aspects of this model is the depth perspective of looking from one end of West St. to the other.







This glass structure is the newly completed Brookfield's Heart of Glass. Completed in 2013, it provides access, via underground tunnel, to the Transportation Hub at the World Trade Center. There is also a more recent plan to strip the lower portion of the façade, at the base of Three World Financial Center, and replace it with glass panels, allowing visibility into planned multi-level retail shops along West St.


The entrance between buildings three and four. Inside is a large food court area topped by pyramid-shaped skylights.




A view from the northwest corner of the complex. Each building features three distinct façade variations, each going from more spandrel and less window, to less spandrel and more window. The lower portion was modeled using the backsides of more than 2,000 tan headlight bricks. The middle portion was the most difficult to design and build. There are columns of plates, representing the windows and horizontal spandrel, sandwiched between SNOT tiles, representing the vertical spandrel. Holding this portion together on the inside, is a dizzying array of bars, clips, and tiles. The final portion was simply done in all trans-dark blue, except for the corner panels which are in blue due to the non-existence of that element in trans-dark blue.

A final view from what would be the Hudson River.



Comments

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  October 18, 2013
Nobody can do LEGO skyscrapers like you! 5 Heads!
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  August 16, 2012
My jaw hit the floor and continued to go through my basement! (Thats a compliment) :)
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  June 10, 2012
Colossal! :)
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  June 9, 2012
Looks great!
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  May 26, 2012
Love it, Rocco! Can't wait 'til brick world to see the rest....
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  May 25, 2012
Impressive....speechless. Really great! 5/5
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  May 23, 2012
When it comes to skyscrapers, no one does them quite like you. So many aspects of this build are seriously impressive, executed so seamlessly. Great work!
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  May 23, 2012
Epic! -I especially like the odd angles between everything. Stunning!
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  May 23, 2012
It's unbelievable how you managed to get the looks of a real city in such a small scale. I mean the parts, the colors, the positioning... uneblievable!
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  May 23, 2012
It's unbelievable how you managed to get the looks of a real city in such a small scale. I mean the parts, the colors, the positioning... uneblievable!
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  May 22, 2012
What a masterpiece, congrats!
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  May 22, 2012
Rocco,as usual awesome job. Your creations are getting better and better all the time. You truly have a talent and a great eye for detail. I can see from the photos, driving you to the Big Apple was well worth it. Keep up the excellant work.
Rocco Buttliere
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Rainbow Dash
  May 21, 2012
Congratulations on your most popular MOC Rocco! You deserved it! :D
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  May 21, 2012
splendid, fantastic amount of detail.
Rocco Buttliere
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White Knight
  May 20, 2012
Very Impressive !>.....well done
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  May 20, 2012
Beautiful! You are my favorite micro scale builder. I like the octagonal entry and the arched glass section the best of all, very clever.
 I made it 
  May 20, 2012
Thanks for all the supportive comments everyone!
Rocco Buttliere
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Rainbow Dash
  May 19, 2012
Yay its done! (First off, its me Sam) I've been looking forward to seeing this since you announced it! Awesome work, I love all the little details, one question though, due to the WTC being across the street, can you connect the two together? That would be really awesome! ;)
Rocco Buttliere
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Chris Melby
  May 19, 2012
A lot of effort payed off on this build, cheers!
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  May 19, 2012
Fantabulous work! I love this, so many fine details. Looks real at first glance, that's the sign of a great builder. Excellent job!
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  May 19, 2012
As usual you have done a great job. Proud of you as usual. Gramps
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  May 19, 2012
Quoting Imagine Rigney Well done Rocco! You keep outdoing yourself. Are you going to Brickworld this year?
Thanks Imagine. I will be at Brickworld again this year and I hope to see you there! Prepare to be amazed (wink, nudge)!
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  May 19, 2012
That's quite a few headlight bricks, all put to excellent use! The tan buildings and sandy green work nicely together, and the atrium is amazing!
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  May 19, 2012
Sweet buildings! Love how the water looks! The plant area is awesome too! The buildings looks spectacular! Unfortunately, my skills are in other directions……I hope… Anyway, great creation, and keep up the good work!
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  May 19, 2012
Wow, excellent sculpting, truly a masterpiece! Nice job!
  May 19, 2012
No doubt, this is your finest work to date. I'm looking forward to creating "lower Manhattan" this summer.
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  May 19, 2012
amazing !!!!!
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  May 19, 2012
Rocco, man! Great work!
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  May 19, 2012
Excellent looking thing, that is. A tragic day, it was.
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  May 19, 2012
Amazing!
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  May 19, 2012
I've taken several walks through the Financial District, so I can attest to the amazing accuracy of this creation. Well done!
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  May 19, 2012
Wow, this is gorgeous. Love the angles you were able to accomplish. Keeping it from being straight right angles all the way around really adds to the accuracy of the MOC. The buildings look fantastic. Well done.
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  May 19, 2012
God, that's great! I love the neatness of the thing and all the detail. Keep up the awesome work!!
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  May 19, 2012
Wonderful parts usage and terrific design work!
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  May 19, 2012
Stunning.
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  May 19, 2012
Simply ...Excellent!
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  May 19, 2012
This absolutely incredible! Fantastic built in every detail and great parts usage. This looks really cool. Superb work Rocco :)
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  May 19, 2012
Very impressive, some interesting techniques and angles!
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  May 19, 2012
Well done Rocco! You keep outdoing yourself. Are you going to Brickworld this year?
 
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