Digital Models Download a LEGO Digital Designer file of this model created by Oliver Albrecht. 1561 pieces.
This is perhaps my first "glass box" skyscraper model. The primary reason I used small trans-black tiles for the skin rather than cheaper 1x2 trans-black bricks was two-fold. I wanted the windows to appear as a fine grid of panels. Secondly was an issue of opacity. This tower has a very narrow footprint. Using brick elements would allow light to penetrate too deeply into the structure and provide a too stark of a contrast between the corners and the core of the building
The building is quite slender and elegant in form, in some ways resembling the black monolith from the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. It also features some of the usual garish Trump finishes such as the gold covered entrance.
At 861 feet and 72 floors, Trump World Tower is one of the tallest buildings in New York City. The building consists of all residential condos. This is not the same tower that was regularly featured on the television show The Apprentice. That building is different midtown tower called Trump Tower. If you look closedly you can spot a darker band about a third of the way up the tower where the mechanical floors are located.
The big challenge to this type of construction is getting all the window elements properly aligned and preventing warping of the underlying plates that the tiles are attached to. The first issue was solved by using temporary plates as a straightening guide when attaching the 1x1 tiles to the underlying black plates. The second issue was solved by attaching the tiles to small 2x2 black plates rather than large plates. When you cover large plates with tiles, the underlying plate tends to bend or warp from the squeezing of the studs. Although it is structurally counterintuitive to use small backing plates, this helps to alleviate the warpage which is highly noticeable when creating a smooth reflective surface.
The back of the property also featuring a tacky golden covered entrance.
Ok, there's really only so many shots you can take of this building before they all start looking the same!
Another excellent model Spencer! Your innovation in continuing to vary your building techniques never ceases to impress. It is amazing how you can take a rectangular box and make it both interesting and accurate. I'll be interested to see if you attempt the New World Trade Center with the same technique as it is also supposed to have the 'curtain' glass walls.
Quoting david drake
funny you mentioned the warping problem.
Warpage associated with tiles and grille tiles covering plates is something I've battled with for a long time in my designs. I originally thought that if I reinforced the underlying plates enough, I could prevent it. That approach proved fruitless, so now I just isolate the tiles themselves. Every horizontal row of tile grilles in my Rockefeller Center model is attached to their own 2xN black plates. You will not find two grille elements, vertically stacked, attached to the same backing plate.
You've done it again, amazing building you built. It's not like, very iconic, but it's a great place. the whole window tint thing I like, and you mastered. Feel like you've done every building yet? Try new One World Trade Center!
funny you mentioned the warping problem. These are things you never notice until you start building really big things, beyond the size that Lego Corporation intended as normal building. My recently posted ShangHai World Finance Center had a problem like this too, except it was with large sections of wall made from trans 1x2 walls. The walls took on "hourglass" shapes instead of nice rectilinear shapes like we'd hope. The technique you used to overcome this is just another example of an extreme builder doing extreme building, and doing it well. How many buildings in all do you have now?