In a break from my normal historic MOCs I decided to try my hand at city life by building a smaller skyscraper. I've always believed that one of the marks of a good builder is being well rounded in his/her skills and intersts.
About this creation
The skyscraper is approximately 2 feet tall and weighs about 30 pounds
As a guesstimate I would say that about 20,000 pieces went into this. Even though it may not look like it, there are large amouns of bricks beneath the raised sidewalk.
Although it is not based entirely off of any one building, I tried to scale the architecture with the Empire State Building as well as some Classical influences in it as well.
This was my 3rd prototype for the sign. I finally settled on this one because I like the shape and texture a lot better.
I love the architecture on the building. It fits in really well with the scene, and it is very much my style.
This is a good shot of the ornament on the building. Also you can see 2 little air handlers in the upper right.
Its another gorgeous day in LEGO city! I'm afraid that my city scenes are rather unrealistic and stale due to the fact that I do not live in the city and do not have much experience in them. But this was mainly built around the buildings and the minifigs literally just add life to the scene.
Ooohh, I just noticed how the fig on the left is up on his heels. Bad placement on my part.
For as much as I used them in this MOC, I really don't like those rounded trees. I prefer brick built trees much better but it is rather hard to get the rounded effect with standard leaves.
These steps used to all be regular old grey but then with the recent addition of 2 Fire Brigades, I managed to replace them with bley.
I bet she just loves here job! That face just oozes perfect ecstasy!
This shot is probably my favorite just because of the artistic nature as well as the background. I just took off the top of the skyscraper and placed it into the background to give the impression that this is actually a city.
The interior of the bank. Nothing special here.
The interior of the cafe.
The basement of the hotel has a parking garage and a subway for convenience.
From my very limited knowledge of city MOCs I understand that a good majority of them have subways of some sort. Therefore I included on in my MOC.
A smaller parking garage for the subway and Hotel
A smaller parking garage for the subway and Hotel
Here is my favorite part of the MOC. Some may call me egotistical for hiding this in there, but I would say it is the signature of the artist. BTW the graffiti spells "Baer".
I hope you can see that in there somewhere or other...
The canopy was a last minute detail, but I think without it, the hotel wouldn't look near as good as it does. The canopy sort of defines it as a hotel.
Everything inside the hotel is basically self explanatory. Hopefully you'll be able to recognize things as we go.
A little swimming area with towels and an excess of flotation devices.
Any hotel that has a continental breakfast is a luxury hotel to me!
The elevator is actually incredibly inaccurate. You cant see it, but the location of the elevator is all over the building on each individual levels.
I didn't spend as much time on the interior due to the fact that my main motivation for doing this MOC was for the architecture and the challenges that came with that.
A new thing I've been trying out, is getting the realistic details, such as satellite dishes, even if it means sacrificing visual aesthetics. I think it gives some integrity to my work
Anyhow thank you for putting up with my dreadful commentary.
Also, with Brickfair '11 coming up, I was thinking about taking this. What do you fellas think?
Credits: Jack Bittner for his addition of tan bricks as well as different minifigs and accessories.
Also note that this is actually still something of a WIP. I will be modifying it to allow room for modular buildings if I do go to Brickfair with it.
EDIT: 1:49 PM 6-24-11
By request from the good Hans, I added a pic showing the MOC in its plain, unedited station showing the MOC in its entirety.
I remember seeing this a while back, but I didn't have time to comment. I also remember being completely awe-struck. This is a massive, yet well detailed MOC that looks truly phenomenal. The tan colouration is perfect, and the details, windows, and various parts really add to it. The sign looks elegant and stately, and the lion heads are well placed. The thing that really makes this MOC stand out though is the elevated sidewalk with buildings. It's a brilliant inclusion, and I also like the interiors. I'm very surprised that the hotel also has an interior, and it looks amazing. Perhaps the elevator is really a teleportation device? Incredible work!
Nice job on this! It reminds me of those LEGO skyscrapers in the movie "Elf," but yours has a lot more details. Minifigs and an interior make everything better (Well... within reason. Random mix-of-parts minifigs aren't great, and an interior on a shark is just... gross. (unless that's the whole point)). Anyways, this thing is awesome!
Having tried my own hand at LEGO architecture, I can attest to the amount of work required to pull of something this detailed, inside and out. I do wish you had a better shot of the MOC in it's entirety, so as to better see the upper and lower portions together, but we get the idea. Fantastic job!~H