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Willis Tower, Chicago
This model consists of approximately 5,300 pieces.
About this creation
This is my first ever skyscraper model. Willis Tower is the tallest building in the United States. At the time of its completion in 1973, it became the world's tallest after the former One World Trade Center, and was surpassed by the Petronas Twin Towers in 1998. Willis Tower was formerly known as Sears Tower. It was built to serve as the corporate headquarters for Sears, Roebuck & Co. After the company relocated to an outlying suburb of Chicago, the Sears Tower remained under the same title until 2009 when Willis Group Holdings obtained the building's naming rights as part of their lease on a portion of the tower. The building was officially renamed Willis Tower on July 16, 2009. It is still commonly known and referred to as Sears Tower.

This is the second version of my original model based on Spencer Rezkalla's original design. To be given a "version two" status, I believe a model has to change significantly in overall look and aesthetic detail. Though barely different in construction, this model has many differences from my original, built in 2009. The most significant are the windows which I have completely converted from trans-clear to trans-black (with the exception of the Skydeck level) to better emphasize the true color quality of the actual tower, thereby enhancing the realism. Original model completed June 21, 2009. Updated in October 2012.

Brickshelf photos here

LEGO® Digital Designer file here

The Sears Tower was designed by architects Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill under commission by Sears. The intent was to build one of the largest office buildings in the world, to accommodate for Sears, Roebuck & Co.'s expected growth. The tower was designed as nine tubes (each an essentially separate building) that would be bound together in a 3x3 matrix and each staggered in height before reaching the top.


Two large antennas sit upon the rooftop. The west antenna is the taller of the two and brings the pinnacle height to 1,730 ft. The roof height is 1,354 ft. When the building was being designed, the roof height was imposed on Sears by the FAA over safety concerns for air traffic. The antennas were added shortly after completion, but as they serve no architectural purpose or compliment to the building, the official height is actually still the roof height.


At street level, the Skydeck observatory entrance is situated along W Jackson Blvd. The inside space consists of elevators used to go down to Skydeck admission, and a large LEGO® model of the Willis Tower built by Adam Reed Tucker. This model is represented in my model by the black flex tubes seen through the glass.



A view of the raised plaza. The plaza is made with various sand red elements.





To the left of the main entrance on Wacker Dr, is a globe sculpture that was installed in 2010. In reality, the globe is slightly smaller, wireframe, and made of steel. I decided to take a bit of artistic license and use the globe element.


The rear entrance along S Franklin St features a large overhang with two steel support beams.





The Skydeck observatory at the 103rd floor features four glass-box ledges cantilevered outside the building. These ledges are represented by two 1x2 clear tiles.




Looking up at my models of Willis Tower and 311 South Wacker.







Looking down at 311 South Wacker from the Skydeck observatory.



Comments

 I made it 
  August 25, 2014
Quoting Donald Demmler How high is this building?
It's about 32" tall, measured to the tip of the west antenna.
 I like it 
  August 25, 2014
How high is this building?
  June 4, 2014
Is there a way to get the count of each type of piece?
 I like it 
  April 4, 2013
hey everyone check out my models I've been updating and fixing my models. I've built buildings from DC, Paris, London and many more at the same scale as Rocco Buildings (1/650) my page: http://www.mocpages.com/home.php/73947
 I made it 
  March 26, 2013
Quoting benjamin washington just amazing...how do you scale the base of the building, do you measure into scale or do you just guess
I use the measuring tool in Google Earth to find the real-world dimension. You can also download the 3D buildings in Sketchup and measure anything in there.
 I like it 
  March 26, 2013
just amazing...how do you scale the base of the building, do you measure into scale or do you just guess
 I like it 
  March 24, 2013
Like Ian, I'll likely never give in to the new name, but this is a remarkable capstone to a remarkable project. Great work!
 I like it 
  March 24, 2013
Awesome build of the Willis Tower. Hope to be going up to the observation deck in a few months
 I made it 
  March 23, 2013
Thanks for all the positive feedback everyone! I hope you enjoyed Colors of Chicago!
 I like it 
  March 23, 2013
While it'll always be the Sears Tower in my mind, this is fantastic! ;) Perfectly accurate as usual.
 I like it 
  March 23, 2013
Stunning
 
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