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Microsoft Cloud city
About this creation


Commissioned by Microsoft, this diorama shows how their cloud technology works: Electricity is generated at a hydro-electric dam, powering a huge state of the art datacenter. The people can use the services at offices, in the park, at cafes, and at home. This city has a footprint of 16 square feet and contains 28,321 LEGO pieces.


See it explained!
Using this model, watch as a Microsoft technician explains how it all works.




Watch me build it!
Photographed over the course of an entire month, watch this giant LEGO city come together before your very eyes:






























The datacenter

The heart of the diorama is the data center. Microsoft was very particular in explaining to me exactly how their data centers are physically configured... shipping containers filled with servers, classic rack-mount systems, backup generators in the basement, super mega cooling systems with pipes everywhere... all of it was faithfully recreated from photos of real data centers.

















... And since all the services are in the cloud, no one needs their old dusty servers anymore :)



Building it

The diorama is 4 feet wide, 4 feet long, 1.5 feet tall, and was built with 28,321 LEGO pieces over the course of 5 weeks. My assistants Ji Yoon and Jung Ah helped design some of the buidlings and the dam; They're not replicas of real-life buildings, but they take their design cues from the typical architectural styles of real office buildings, single family homes, and small downtown buildings.










Comments

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  September 8, 2013
amazing!:D
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  June 28, 2012
Great work, Sean! I'm very impressed with the over all feel of this build, well done:)
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  June 28, 2012
I have a chair EXACTLY like that in my room! Coincidence? Definetely!
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  June 27, 2012
This is awesome Sean! Do you mind looking at this? http://mocpages.com/moc.php/329692
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  June 27, 2012
The only thing missing from this is a SOLID Billy D Williams reference.
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  June 26, 2012
MI-CRO-SOFT - CI-TY!
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  June 26, 2012
This is all a lie! Cloud storage is the cloud fairy's letting us store digital data in their clouds!
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  June 26, 2012
These pigeons, do they also build your MOCs? ;)
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  June 26, 2012
Most impressive.
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  June 26, 2012
It's great though I don't believe what you say about pigeons.
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  June 26, 2012
cool that is a huge moc and it has more parts in it than i will probaly ever own
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  June 26, 2012
Quoting Kane Sagar ]How do you estimate how many bricks you use in your builds? Just wondering.
I have an army of super intelligent pigeons that counts them for me. They're good with spreadsheets.
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  June 26, 2012
great work,some nice details and I love your water damm.
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  June 26, 2012
This is awesome. Its huge! (When I saw the main picture I thought it was micro scale)
Sean Kenney
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Kane Sagar
  June 25, 2012
aweseome build Sean, love everything about it. How do you estimate how many bricks you use in your builds? Just wondering.
Sean Kenney
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David K.
  June 25, 2012
Cool
Sean Kenney
White Knight
  June 25, 2012
Well done Sean and Team, another Super Job !>....
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  June 25, 2012
Amazing!
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  June 25, 2012
This is for all of us who secretly regret that you seldom build in minifig scale. Great work, Sean and friends! Also, the video is superb, it looks like a lot of fun (but a lot of work, too). In Portugal we have a saying that goes something like this «He who runs because he likes to doesn't get tired», but I say «He who runs because he likes to gets tired because he likes to». Let me tell you, your work is very much appreciated, it's totally worth it!
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  June 25, 2012
Thanks for the effort of producing the time-lapse: the perspective it provides for the creation makes a huge contribution to my appreciation for it. ---Now, Sean - please ask Microsoft to Commission LEGO to RESURRECT BIONICLE. Bill's got the spare change. (He can afford it, surely). They can request an All-Bionicle 1/60th Scale model of the Microsoft Orbital Space Platform, or something, should they require justification for this move - tell them your accuracy in this Model's creation DEPEND on Bionicle!). He can afford it, surely. =) Anyway, thx for sharing this, Sir. Cheers!
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  June 25, 2012
Stellar time lapse, and the build is incredible!
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  June 25, 2012
I watched the video. Amazing build! It makes my head hurt. Brick after brick after brick.....
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  June 25, 2012
Fantastic building! 5/5
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  June 25, 2012
Impressive! At first I thought it was microscale, then I read about the 16 square foot footprint! Great work!
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  June 25, 2012
Wow, absolutely brilliant build!
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  June 25, 2012
I thought it was microscale when I saw the video, but now it all makes sense.
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  June 25, 2012
Thats incredible.
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  June 25, 2012
Gorgeous looking build! It's awesome how Microsoft is using LEGO as a means to promote cloud computing btw :)
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  June 25, 2012
So cool! For a minute there, I thought this was micro-scale! Nice job! I see you updated some things.
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  June 25, 2012
awesome!
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  June 25, 2012
Cool video Mr. Kenney! The build is great.
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  June 25, 2012
Genius! This is great,really well put together! Amazing job =)
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  June 25, 2012
Piece of art!10/10
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  June 25, 2012
Oh, so that's how the cloud works, and here I though I was going to have to ask a meteorologist. Nice work. ~Dave
 
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