THE SKYTOWER, Auckland, New Zealand.
Unveiling my creation for the architecture contest. This is part of the LANDMARKS series.
The Skytower is part of the Auckland city Skycity casino complex. The Skytower attracts over 500,000 visitors a year. The upper portion of the tower contains two fine dining restaurants and a cafe with one of the restaurants being New Zealand's only rotating restaurant located at 190 meters above the ground. The tower supports three observation decks at different heights giving tourists a full 360 view of Auckland city. The main observation level contains glass panels on the floor giving viewers a direct look at the city below. The Skytower also offers travelers the chance to participate on either a sky-walk around the rim of the tower or a sky-jump which involves bungy-jumping from the rim of the tower.
The Structural System
The Skytower is used by the Auckland Peering Exchange (APE) for telecommunications and broad-casting on level 48. The aerial located at the top of the tower is the largest FM combiner in the world combining 58 wireless microwave links at once. The Skytower also features largely on Auckland's night sky-line, used by the casino to attract visitors. The Skytower's lights also are used to signify major events in New Zealand.
Facts about the Skytower
Location:........ Auckland City, Auckland, New Zealand
Architect:....... Craig Craig Moller Architects
Building Type:... Skyscraper
Materials:....... Reinforced High-performance Concrete
Construction:.... Climbing Framework main shaft
Floor area:...... 5,500m2 (59,202 square feet)
Height:.......... 328 meters (1,076 ft.)
Stories:......... 63 stories
The Architects of the Skytower were Craig Craig Moller Architects and they received a New Zealand Institute of Architecture award. Fletcher construction were the contracted building group and they were put in charge of all the building and technical aspects of the build. The project architect was Les Dykstra.
Figure included for scale.
The Skytower is not only the tallest building in New Zealand but also the tallest free standing building in the southern hemisphere. Due to its unusual shape and its iconic height the Skytower has become a land mark in the New Zealand sky-line.
A Word from the artist
I really enjoyed creating this iconic building in LEGO form, I tried many different techniques and finally settled on the one used above as being the best representation of this amazing building. The moment I looked at the pictures I started thinking how I could capture this building that was obviously made to be re-made in LEGO. Hope you enjoyed reading and looking as I did building!
Edited by BobThePom, 09 April 2012 - 01:24 AM.