One World Trade Center, New York . Model completed in 2011 . This model is approximately 1/650th scale, similar to my other skyscrapers.
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Builder's Addendum; July 2011: I have been thinking about this model for almost ten years, beginning shortly after it was announced that the World Trade Center would be rebuilt. Over the years I sat and watched the design evolve, from the initial Daniel Libeskind concept, to the ill-fated collaborative, twisting, wind turbine-topped structure that Legoland California prematurely built, to the final elegant taping form being constructed today. I never stopped thinking about how I could translate the design into LEGO.
This model is Version 1. Undoubtedly there will be future revisions as the real building is completed and I get a better look at the actual finished product. In time, I plan to complete the other World Trade Center buildings and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum,. Stay tuned.
One World Trade Center is the centerpiece tower of the new World Trade Center complex in downtown Manhattan. After a lengthy and controversial design process, the final design was unveiled in 2005, by star architect David Childs of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill. The tower rises 1776 feet to the tip of its spire and will become the tallest building in the United States.
An aerial view of the building showing the tapering sides. The top of the tower features an indoor observation deck. Plans for a restaurant to replace Windows on the World were cancelled however.
A close-up of the communication ring and guyed cables supporting the spire.
This view shows a close-up of the base. At this point in time, the façade of the LEGO model is somewhat speculative as the revised design for the cladding of the actual building has not yet been revealed.
It’s interesting to note that I have constructed the base using the exact same façade technique as my original twin towers model, merely substituting trans-clear tiles for the tile grilles.
For the real building, there is a tapering of the chamfered corners that I couldn’t quite duplicate at this small scale. Instead I opted to chamfer the corners with "cheese slope" bricks and have the portion of the tower immediately above the base be slightly wider to give an overall illusion of a downward tapering effect.
Here is an interesting profile comparison of both of my 1 WTC models. When viewed straight-on, the new tower mimics the profile of the old and the top of the glass parapet is 1368ft - exactly the height of the old north tower.