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 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 :)
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.
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!
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!