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Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai . Model completed in 2009. . A microscale model of the famous Shanghai skyscraper. This model is approximately 1/650th scale, similar to my other skyscrapers Brickshelf Gallery Looking down on the tower. At 1380ft and 88 stories, the Jin Mao Tower was China's first "super tall" skyscraper when completed in 1998. The lowest 50 floors are commercial office space, while the upper stories are a Hyatt hotel. A close up of the setbacks in the upper portion of the tower. This model solved one of the nagging building questions I had - how to build horizontal plate floors and step the setbacks in increments other than whole or half stud. The trick is obviously to use the vertical center band on the facade to hide slip plane joints between the four quadrants that comprise the corners of each segment of the tower. There are some cool tricks under the skin that hold everything together. A close up of the crown which uses a lot of metallic silver colored pieces. It would have been nice to clad the entire building in metallic silver plates rather than light grey, but the market prices for those plates are still too costly for the quantities I need. Perhaps for some future Version 2... In the real tower, there are setbacks at each segment. Using one plate width setbacks at each level would have narrowed the tower too much, so I used them sparingly concentrating them near the top. The number of floors in each segment in the real Jin Mao are based on some mathematical sequences that revolve around the number eight. For the Lego model, I didn't have the design freedom to exactly emulate them - so I winged it a bit. The plaza and podium. The podium structure houses a shopping mall as well as conference and events centers that service the hotel. Another closeup of the podium structure. The top was designed to look like an horizontal cocoon slowly opening its wings and preparing for flight. I used flex tubes to curve the roof top. One final look at the model.

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