This model consists of approximately 5,400 pieces.
About this creation
This is my fourth custom design skyscraper model and my fifteenth overall. Water Tower Place is one of Chicago's premiere upscale shopping experiences. Not only is it home to an eight-level shopping mall, but it also serves as a block-long base for a seventy-four story skyscraper consisting of luxury condominiums, office space, and an award-winning Ritz-Carlton hotel. Among the several retail outlets in the shopping mall are the flagship American Girl Store, Macy's, and of course, LEGOŽ Brand Retail.
This is my seventh Chicago skyscraper model and my first independently built model that connects to one of my previously built skyscrapers. I was inspired to build this model after a visit to the newly re-located LEGOŽ Store on the third level of the shopping mall. I saw Sean Kenney's incredible replica of this building in person and was convinced rather quickly to attempt it. This is the result, consisting of nearly two days of total design time, about twelve hours of build time, and an overall month to complete. Model completed Septmeber 23, 2011.
Water Tower Place, named after the nearby Chicago Water Tower, stands at 859 ft tall to the roof, only seven feet taller than the GE Building at 30 Rockefeller Plaza 800 miles away in New York City. It is also the eighth tallest building in Chicago and the twenty-sixth tallest in the US.
The north side of the building faces the 100-story John Hancock Center across the street. This is the first model I've tried with the tiles-beneath-glass techniques. This definitely makes the model much more succeptable to odd angling of the tower due to the fact that the only stud-to-stud connections are in the core of the model. However, the end result looks much better than the typical way I stack floors.
The entrances to Macy's and American Girl Place are marked with silver and red logos topped with curved glass panels. The facade of Water Tower Place is a reinforced concrete slab clad with grey marble: yet another similarity to New York's 30 Rock. To effectively replicate the noticable shades of grey in the structure, I utilized three different kinds of light grey colored pieces: light bluish-grey, pearl light gray, and very light grey. I am rather pleased with how this color scheme turned out.
1x2 trans-black plates would have been ideal for the windows at the upper levels of the base. Hopefully they'll be available in a higher quanitity again some time soon so that I can replace the 1x2 trans-clear plates below the black profile bricks.
The three different light grey transitions are clearly seen at this angle.
The southeast corner displays awnings for American Girl Place and a parking garage along Mies Van Der Rohe Way. The angle of the flags over the entrance to the Ritz-Carlton are also a new technique for me.
The marquee over the entrance to the Drury Lane Theater. In the middle is the parking access tunnel that goes through the building in real life and in the model.
Another entrance to American Girl Place and some tricky SNOT in the store windows.
And here it is! My first independently built skyscrapers that I connected together via technic pins; the John Hancock Center and Water Tower Place.
Can anyone spot the barometric similarities between the two models?
Quoting Eric 'Hawk' Mickle
Nice resemblance here. I would have liked to see bigger pictures, to see the fine details. One last remark; do you take suggestions on what buildings to build? If not, I understand. >Eric
I am definitely interested in any ideas you may have! Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org