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5ft tall Hong Kong Bank of China Building
~9,000 pieces. Build time: 7 weeks. SNOT: a little snotty, but not much. Method of transport: I plastic-wrap it to plywood
About this creation
Here is my Hong Kong Bank of China super-imposed on the Hong Kong skyline. Twould be nice to just build them all and not have to worry about the photo-shopping so much...





Hong Kong Bank of China Building
This moc took me and my wife about 7 weeks to build, and since I was a little careless about bricklink purchases, it's hard for me to really say how many bricks are exactly in it, but I'd estimate around 9,000 based on its size and height in comparison the the 5-ft tall Taipei 101 building which I built last year using 10,000 bricks.Click here to see my original posting of my 5 foot tall Lego TaiPei 101 or Click here to see the newer posting with better pictures of it that were taken at BrickFair 2009 in Tysons Corner Virgina.

Hong Kong Bank of China stands about 48 inches tall, and it was a challenge to build because of all of the angles, especially the triangular shaped roofs that are at the top of each quarter-section of the building. My wife actually came up with the design solution for the triangular roofs. She's a civil engineer by osmosis it would seem... She also improved my idea on how to do the corners with tiles and technic beams. I hope she is as helpful on the next project, which should begin next week. I've been in Asia for 12 weeks now on a business trip and I have seen too many cool buildings and can't wait to burn a few bucks on bricklink again!!!


Here you can see the cross section of the base of the building. This part is nothing fancy, just a square box.




The outside of the building is covered in X's. One side of the building (the front) is tall enough to only have a single X, another side is twice this high, having 2 X's, a third side has 3 X's, and the last side of the building has 5 X's on it. IM Pei, the Asian American architect who designed the real Hong Kong Bank of China Building (also the designer of the NYNY WTC Towers) infuriated many Hong Kong people with this building since it has bad Feng Shui. The large X's that cover the building are a bad symbol in Asian culture, and the building, which looks like a Chinese meat clever from some angles, is said to cut the sky and send out bad chi...

The LEGO challenge in building this building is that although at the base it is square, after you get higher than the first "X", the building actually becomes 3 triangular towers of differing heights, standing side by side. I accomplished this by building a complete inner floor at the top of the first X, covered portions of this floor with tiles, then built an X-shaped interlocking walls to rise the entire height of the building.




The X-shaped inner walls actually do attach to 2 individual studs on the inner floor, and I have the inner walls braced in place to avoid any lateral movement. It's pretty snug. So snug in fact, that when I transported this to BrickFair (an 8 hour drive), I simply tipped it over on its side onto a piece of plywood, and saran-wrapped it down. The only part I removed was the spire. Nothing came apart during the drive from Myrtle Beach, SC to Tyson Corner, VA. (and the shocks in my Hummer are in need of replacing from all of that curb-hopping I like to do. yes the most off-roading I usually do in my Hummer is making illegal U-turns over curbs...Crispy, you didn't hear that, keep your gun holstered). At the bottom of the building, where the inner walls rest on the elevated floor (see picture below) only 2 of the 4 interior walls are also exterior walls and thus made out of dark blue transparent bricks. As the floors increase going up the height of the building, different inner walls progressively become outer walls, and one by one the outer walls eventually stop altogether, as the building gets smaller and smaller the higher it goes, until at the top, the cross sectional area of the building is only one fourth of that of its base, and all walls are outer walls.




Here you can see the elevated floor that the X-shaped inner walls rest on. The white and yellow tiles allow the walls to rest smoothly on the floor even though the poisitions of the studs don't match up, except for 2 of them.







Here you can see the completed building with the 5-ft tall TaiPei 101 building I built last year in the background.




























The tower's resting spot is on top of my stereo in the living room. Right next to it on the wall is a panoramic-sized photo of the real Hong Kong Bank of China building that I took myself the last time I was in Hong Kong. I'll be in Hong Kong for 2 weeks this month and fear I'll notice some design characteristics of the building that will make me want to take mine apart and build it over again from scratch. *reminds himself to not take too many pictures while in Hong Kong*





Here you can see the front of the building. The front of the building is only 1 "X" high (seen at the base), and then a triangular-shaped sloped roof tapers in towards the center of the building. At this level of the building, just above the first level of X's, the cross section of the building is like a square with an isosceles triangle cut out of one side.






Another shot of the building from its front.




Here is a close-up shot of the front of the building where the first sloped triangular-shaped roof occurs.







This is a somewhat isometric view of the building, showing its front (which faces north), and the east side of the building, which has 3 large X's on its facade.








This view shows the North and West sides of the building. Note that the west side of the building only has 2 X's on it.








This is the base of the building. Remember, this is the Bank of China headquarters, and bank buildings need to be very strong. Few windows are found on the base of the building, and there are only doors on the North & South sides. The bldg actually sits on sloped terrain, so N & S doors are on different levels. I omitted the South door altogether.








This is a zoom shot of one of the X's that cover the outside of the building. Each X is 16 bricks high, with 1 brick & 2 plates vertically between X's, making the glass portion of the building about 96 bricks high including the top blue section of the tower which is one half of an X in height. The spire is another 15 or so bricks tall.








Another Shot









A shot with me in it.



I hope you enjoyed it. To the best of my knowledge, nobody has ever built this building with Lego before, and that is one of the reasons why I decided to build it.



And here are some shots of the actual bldg in Hong Kong...














Edit: Dated 2010-01-07: Joe Ong, a mean lean skyscraper building machine from Singapore recently found pictures on an old camera of his of some of his MOC's from 5 years ago, and he had a 2-D version of the BoC in it. Here is the link to his page: http://www.mocpages.com/moc.php/177024



Comments

 I like it 
  May 31, 2014
Wow, great work on a very challenging and oddly shaped structure. I've never really gotten into modern architectural buildings in Lego, but I can appreciate that this is a spot-on rendition.
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  March 30, 2014
A fantastic build - very professional looking.
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  March 12, 2014
Them angles. Super sweet.
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  November 18, 2013
A very clever build. I wouldn't dare rest it on my stereo as it wouldn't last 5 minutes with my kids. I really like your superimposed photo, really had to look twice at it. Fantastic work.
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  October 31, 2013
Quoting Harrison H. That looks like you had to bust your brain out trying to repeat the design. I wonder what it would look like with a bunch of lights in it.
Lights! I have promised myself (again...) to never again build a skyscraper that doesn't have lights in it like the first one I built. I have bought a couple cases of bricks to do another tower and THIS TIME I have a couple packs of batter operated LEDs. But to be honest, Christmas lights rule as you can turn them on and off easily.
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  October 19, 2013
Wow this is stunningly beautiful! That's a lot of trans dark blue bricks. Most impressive!
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  September 2, 2013
The way that you've built in all of the complex shapes from basic bricks is brilliant. The scale of this build is impressive too.
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  August 31, 2013
Phenomenal build, even five years later it still looks amazing. Looking forward to your new builds, if they're half as good as this they'll be spectacular.
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  August 13, 2013
Chris, I've been entrenched in box sets with a 5year old boy honing his Lego building prowess, but I'm back in Hong Kong again, and I have a building plan and already bought a case of something in the Chicago Lego store last week... I'm about to come out of hiding...
Quoting Chris Phipson Quoting David: "I spent HOURS in there stacking blue 1x2's in tall cups, maximizing the amount I could get in each cup." And don't ya love the looks you get from people who "just don't get it" when you're doing that? This build David, I gotta tell ya... Superb! The thought of your bricks collecting dust is a travesty to us all. Can't wait for you to get back (I think you may be now) and start building again. Thank you for sharing this. ~ Chris.
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  February 2, 2012
FANTASTICLY AMAZING!!!!!
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  April 16, 2011
wow..this looks fascinating!
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  April 16, 2011
To wit I reply, "Yay, Yaaaaayyyyy!"
Quoting Nick Barrett You do like to give yourself a challenge don't you.. incredible.
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  April 11, 2011
You do like to give yourself a challenge don't you.. incredible.
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  March 31, 2011
I've been there, great job
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  February 19, 2011
Quoting Jelle Heijne This looks great! This must've been real difficult, was it? Great job! Greets, Jelle
I used a LOT of words I'd like my son to NOT repeat. Fortunately, he wasn't talking yet when I built this one. The lack of modularity of it was the worst part. It's just bricks stacked one on top of the other, for the most part, so a modification in the middle meant that the entire top had to come apart.
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  February 19, 2011
This looks great! This must've been real difficult, was it? Great job! Greets, Jelle
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  February 19, 2011
I was just talking about how this would be difficult to build, and I guess you proved it could be done.
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  December 7, 2010
Beautiful building! Really accurate, very impressive
david drake
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Harrison H.
  September 8, 2010
That looks like you had to bust your brain out trying to repeat the design. I wonder what it would look like with a bunch of lights in it.
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  September 8, 2010
Yeah, I wish so badly that I had put light in it when I built it. About a third of the way through the build I got word that I had to go back to Hong Kong for work again. (Spent 4 months there last year). I was afraid that if I did not finish it completely before I left, then I would notice something and tear it all apart. Lights! Only my TaiPei 101 is lit up. The other 3 skyscrapers I built after that could have, and should have light, but, regrettably, do not.
Quoting Harrison H. That looks like you had to bust your brain out trying to repeat the design. I wonder what it would look like with a bunch of lights in it.
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  September 7, 2010
Wicked! That's a lot of blue bits, but it was worth it! Well done.
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  January 6, 2010
Having seen this building nearly 15 times since it was last posted, i must say that it still amazes me how you managed to build that structure... one word, Amazing!... xD... i think i might be able to break your claim of the only bank of china as i have recently found some very old pictures which had some shots of my attempted bank of china.. though that one is only 2 sided, yellow and is a rectangular. so in other words its no match as compared to yours... xD.. you could check it out if you want to... its under the creation called A Blast From The Past... all my old creations which are now the burj al arab and the shanghai oriental tv tower... xD.. Cheers.. xD
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  November 26, 2009
This building has always been one of my favorites. You have done a good job representing it. World renown architect I.M. Pei designed this back in the late 1980's. This was the timeframe that I was going through architecture school, so it was prominent in the student's radar then.
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  November 10, 2009
Quoting Schfio Factory Your building looks impressive! I built one at the Toyrus (tsimshatsui in Kowloon) in HK! Have a look if you vist there!
I really wish you had posted this just 1 day sooner, as I was in HK until Saturday morning. Where is the Toys R Us in Tsim Sha Tsui? I'll check it out in Jan-10 when I return again. I know there are 2 really awesome privately-owned Lego shops on the 3rd floor of Richmond Plaza (maybe bldg # 222) on the north side of Argyle Street close to NuRen Jie, the "Ladies Market". If you haven't already been there, I can forward you the exact address later. How big is the model you built? Did they pay you for it? Everybody has been telling me that I should try to sell my buildings to tenants. Can't bear to part with them just yet...
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  November 8, 2009
Your building looks impressive! I built one at the Toyrus (tsimshatsui in Kowloon) in HK! Have a look if you vist there!
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  October 31, 2009
Absolutely stunning. The angles, the colour choices, all equal a moc of beauty. Lee.
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  October 14, 2009
Wow!
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  October 13, 2009
Quoting Emperor Ludgonious Another excellent skyscraper to add to your collection. You seem to choose some of the most difficult buildings (with all those hard angles) but you always pull it off. Excellent.
If it ain't hard to build it, I don't waste my time. Thanks for the props.
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  October 13, 2009
Another excellent skyscraper to add to your collection. You seem to choose some of the most difficult buildings (with all those hard angles) but you always pull it off. Excellent.
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  September 26, 2009
Quoting David: "I spent HOURS in there stacking blue 1x2's in tall cups, maximizing the amount I could get in each cup." And don't ya love the looks you get from people who "just don't get it" when you're doing that? This build David, I gotta tell ya... Superb! The thought of your bricks collecting dust is a travesty to us all. Can't wait for you to get back (I think you may be now) and start building again. Thank you for sharing this. ~ Chris.
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  September 17, 2009
I was living in the NW at the time and got REALLY lucky at the Bellevue Lego store, but not so lucky that I could buy a whole case. I spent HOURS in there stacking blue 1x2's in tall cups, maximizing the amount I could get in each cup. I DO remember quite a few bricklink purchases though..
Quoting Blake Baer Call it a hunch but I think you completely cleaned Bricklink out of the those trans blue 1x2 Bricks!!! I have recently been wanting some of those too! Grrrrr!
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  September 16, 2009
Call it a hunch but I think you completely cleaned Bricklink out of the those trans blue 1x2 Bricks!!! I have recently been wanting some of those too! Grrrrr!
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  July 26, 2009
Quoting Jesse Long Are you going to do the Petronas Towers or that one super high skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates next, David?
Petronas has been done a couple times already. The bset one I've seen of it is actually in the mall in the basement of Petronas Towers. There's a Toys R' Us in the basement mall, and there was a 6-ft tall Petronas Towers model in it. AWESOME, and I cannot do better. I DO have 2 other buildings in the plans, but I've been in Asia for almost 4 months now on a business trip, so my bricks are home collecting dust right now
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  July 25, 2009
Are you going to do the Petronas Towers or that one super high skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates next, David?
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  July 25, 2009
fantastic
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  February 11, 2009
Quoting Marcos Bessa Just one word..... AMAZING!! Wow....
Uh,... that's 2 words... Thanks anywho
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  February 11, 2009
Just one word..... AMAZING!! Wow....
  February 9, 2009
I think this, along with the 101, is your best work to date. I would never even dare attempt something like this in LEGOs, at least not yet anyways. You captured the real building perfectly, a true masterpiece. Has this been MOC of the day yet? If not it definitely should be and I am sure many others will agree. One last thing, put a smile on! You look so serious in that picture. You just created a gosh darn work of art you should be happy! Seriously, incredible job as always!
 I like it 
  February 5, 2009
a masterpiece
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  February 4, 2009
Quoting Fred Ottens David, you do some serious building!!!! it must have cost you a fortune..
It's hard to say exactly how much it cost because I wasn't as methodical with my design and bricklink purchases with this one as I was with the TaiPei 101, which had a very repetitive design. I think I must have spet about $250 on the parts for this one.
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  February 4, 2009
David, you do some serious building!!!! it must have cost you a fortune..
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  January 28, 2009
Quoting ARC Silver So many tran-blue bricks. Bricklink?
Surely bricklink. Many many orders, might I add. Skyscrapers cost WAY too much money to build regularly. That's a big part of the reason why I stripped the Sandcrawler, MTT, & Slave 1 for parts for the Raptor. I'm a bricklink junkie!
 I like it 
  January 28, 2009
So many tran-blue bricks. Bricklink?
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  January 11, 2009
Whoa mate, that building is amazing. Hats off to your building skills :)
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  October 16, 2008
Whoa!.... That building is rockin' cool and deadly accurate... Kudos to you mate.... and fyi i actually wanted to build the same building only in yellow and black... xD... anyways great job on the bank of china... and yeah sorry 'bout the beer thing, i'm still 17... xD... you wanna be allies?
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  September 2, 2008
Great job. This one is a real challenge!
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  September 2, 2008
Truly a work of art. Great job!
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  September 2, 2008
It's probably true of all good MOCs, but I believe this has to be one that really should be seen in person. I'm trying to see and study all the angles, and the two-dimensional pictures are frustrating me more than anything. The trans-blue facades are kind of blending into each other. Oh well.
david drake
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Heather LEGO Girl
  September 1, 2008
Okay, if you can still afford to fly to Hong Kong after buying that many bricks on Cracklink...you must have robbed a bank. I just wonder which one? ;) Great job. The angles and the colors are excellent. Keep It Studly Sir!
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  September 1, 2008
WOW, you have quite a few translucent blue bricks...
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  September 1, 2008
How much did you pay for all the bricks? (asuming that you've used Bricklink). Awesome job!
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  September 1, 2008
very nice i like the way how u can make the poles on it go at an angle like that bit of the x it looks realy cool!...great job!
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  September 1, 2008
nicely done, I like the x shape you worked into, good job
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  September 1, 2008
There's actually a building in Portland that looks like that. 5/5
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  August 31, 2008
This thing ROCKS!!! I love the way you assembled the xs. The best thing though is how it is covered with windows just like the real thing!
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  August 31, 2008
incredible. An awsome overall build, I love the shape of this MOC.
 
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