US Bank Tower, Los Angeles . This model consists of 3,681 piecees. . This is my first custom skyscraper model, and my ninth overall. As always, it is built according to my models' universal scale: about 1/650. However, this is probably one of the most unique of the nine because it stands out the most due to its white facade with trans-light blue pieces for the windows.
As far as I know, this is the first fully-built LEGOŽ model of the US Bank Tower made by a fan: a fact that I am proud to say. The model consists of over 1,200 1x1 round "flower" plates, about 180 1x2 jumper plates, and nearly 50 1x1 plates in the trans-light blue color. The model took approximately three days to design, two days to build, and an overall three months to complete. Model completed on April 16, 2011.
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Completed in 1989, the US Bank Tower is the tallest American building west of the Mississippi River. It is also arguably the second most recognizable skyscraper in California, with Trans-America Pyramid of San Francisco number one.
The tower was built to withstand an 8.3 magnitude earthquake; a good prospect when considering the fact that there is a 99.9% chance that an upward of 8.0 magnitude quake will occur near the San Andrea's Fault Line within the next 100 years. In fact, until the completion of Taipei 101 in 2004, the US Bank Tower was the world's tallest building in a major seismically-active region.
Illuminated by night is the glass crown atop the tower, represented in the model by two 4x4 white technic gears. Adorning the crown is a rooftop helipad- which was built due to Los Angeles local building codes- making the 73-story US Bank Tower the tallest building in the world with a rooftop helipad.
The main entrance along W 5th St.
The outdoor plaza featuring my attempt at micro-scale palm trees made using 1x1 telescope pieces with round green plates on top.
The outdoor escalators that led up and down the plaza's various levels. To the right, are the plaza's stairs, which are seperated into two lanes by a waterfall channel. Furthermost right are white 1x2 roof slope peaks which represent the angled canvases for providing shade over some of the plaza's balconies.
The back of the plaza along Hope Pl with access to the underground parking garage on the left and a garage bay door for truck loads.
Various levels of the base of the tower.
The upper tiers of the tower.
Another view showing how the building gets thinner as it rises.
Looking up from what would be accross the street along W 5th St.