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Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago . Model completed in 2010 . This model is approximately 1/650th scale, similar to my other skyscrapers Brickshelf Gallery 14 Photos on Digital Models none available A continuation in my study of glass curtain walled skyscrapers. It's another Trump building, but this time there is more interesting curvature and color to explore. The model is coated in trans-clear "cheese" slopes and tiles. Beneath this layer is an additional layer of trans-clear plates. Finally underneath those are basic blue plates which give the model its blue tint. The extra layer of trans-clear plates helps diffuse the blue studs so they aren't overly visible. The 92 floor Trump International Hotel & Tower is the tallest building completed in the United States since the Sears Tower in 1974. With its decorative spire, the building rises 1389ft and is the second tallest in Chicago. Originally it was slated to be the tallest building in the world with a height around 2000ft and 150 stories, but the plans were scaled back following September 11th. The lower floors include a parking garage and five star hotel. The upper floors are condominiums. Designed by architect Adrian Smith, the tower is situated on the Chicago River, just west of Michigan Avenue. The height of the setbacks relates the building to its neighbors. The first setback is the height of the cornice of the Wrigley Building to the east, while the second relates to Marina City to the West. The final setback is the height of the IBM Building across the street. Originally the building plan form was a pure parallelogram, but Smith radiused the opposing corners in response to feedback from architectural critics. From some angles the tower appears slim and elegant, while from others, broad shouldered and imposing. My favorite detail is the subtle back and forth single plate-width sheathing of the curtain wall on the second and third setbacks. This was easy to do with the studs-sideways architecture. The spiral parking ramp and covered entrance. Can anyone spot the fictional LEGO store in the Riverwalk store fronts? Looking up!

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