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by Rocco Buttliere
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The Focus & The Vision...
Since 2009, I have created numerous skyscraper models at a common 1:650 scale. I find the experience of capturing my desired level of realism both challenging and enjoyable. While my initial focus is to celebrate the built environment by expressing landmarks through the medium of LEGO®, I have come to appreciate the idea of capturing a contiguous urban landscape; not only for the purpose of connecting individual models of buildings adjacent to one another in real life, but to portray a realistic expression of a cityscape. My hope is to one day form a contiguous layout of the downtown area of Chicago.

Where it all started...
Upon receiving my first LEGO® set at the age of six, I became an avid user of the childhood “bricks.” First came the Harry Potter themed sets, then Star Wars, until around the age of twelve my interest shifted; moving from the less practical ships and rovers of alternate universes, to the more intriguing designs and techniques of the more advanced sets LEGO® had to offer. Constructing sets such as the Eiffel Tower and Taj Mahal, both of which were well beyond my age range at the time, helped to improve my understanding of the seemingly simple “bricks” and expand my ideas on the myriad possibilities with which the “brick” can be applied. At the age of fourteen, having moved beyond what the sets could offer, I began to design my own models. The subject of my creations became clear after years of visits to downtown Chicago gave me the aspiration to become an architect. I am currently a fourth year architecture student at Illinois Institute of Technology.

Credit where credit is due...
Ever since I saw the work of Spencer Rezkalla at Brickworld in 2008, I have been inspired to build my own skyscraper models. Some have been inspired from his material, while others are of my own personal inspiration and design.
When creating my models, I use sources such as Google Earth®, Google Street View®, diagrams on SkyscraperPage, and various online photographs as resources in replicating the real life architectural and aesthetic aspects of my subject matter as accurately as possible.

Upcoming events...

I'm thrilled to announce the ten upcoming venues at which I'll be displaying my collection of landmark models. From smaller Midwest shows in Columbus and Tulsa, to larger shows in major cities such as Chicago, Dallas, Denver and New York City; I can't wait to kick off this amazing experience as I head to Plano, TX this weekend for BrickUniverse!

This would not be possible without the generous support of Brickworld, BrickUniverse, BRICK, MSI Chicago and my friends at IIT. I hope to see you at one of the upcoming shows. Rest assured, there will be a few new models in tandem with some of these shows and their respective locations.


Check out my first LIVE interview on Chicago's Windy City Live! Follow the link to see the interview with Val Warner & Ryan Chiaverini on ABC 7 Chicago.

Head on over to the Beyond the Brick channel on Youtube to check out my on-camera interview at Brickworld Chicago 2015!

Several of my models have been featured in the recent book, The LEGO® Architect, by Tom Alphin. Available on on Amazon.

My Chase Tower model has been featured in Mike Doyle's book, Beautiful LEGO® 2: Dark. You can find it at any major book store.

I am now on Flickr if anyone would like to follow me and vice versa. You can check out my photostream here.

Digital Models
Most of my models have accompanying LEGO® Digital Designer files. Please reach out through the contact info below for any inquiries regarding the digital models.

Contact info...
If you have questions about the models or want advice on building, you can email me.

LEGO creations
Microscale Landmarks
Microscale Landmarks
41 LEGO creations
Microscale Landscapes
Microscale Landscapes
4 LEGO creations
3 LEGO creations
1 LEGO creation
Collaborative Displays
Collaborative Displays
1 LEGO creation
2 LEGO creations

Latest creations
One World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial, New York City
One World Trade Center & 9/11 Memorial, New York City This model consists of approximately 10,700 pieces. ... One World Trade Center and the N...
North Magnificent Mile, Chicago
North Magnificent Mile, Chicago This layout consists of approximately 27,000 pieces. ... "Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood...
Rosenwald Apartments, Chicago
Rosenwald Apartments, Chicago This model consists of approximately 1,900 pieces. ... The Rosenwald Apartments, also known as Michigan Boulevard Garden...
Building Chicago: Phase 2
Building Chicago: Phase 2 The continuation of my vision... ... Building Chicago If you thought I would grow tired of the sheer scope of this projec...
40 Wall Street, New York City
40 Wall Street, New York City This model consists of approximately 3,900 pieces. ... 40 Wall St is a 927ft skyscraper, completed in 1930, that held th...
Palace of Westminster, London
Palace of Westminster, London This model consists of approximately 9,500 pieces. ... The Palace of Westminster, commonly referred to as the Houses of ...

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