Over the last 6 weeks, I had the amazing opportunity to design and build my largest LEGO creation yet. When the National Building Museum announced they were expanding their exhibit on LEGO architecture and invited Robert A.M. Stern Architects to submit a model, I jumped at the chance. There were a lot of long hours and sleepless nights as a result, but I am very happy with the end result and am honored to have something that can be enjoyed by thousands rather than just anyone who happens to be in my living room. Here are some facts and statistics:
Project: 15 Central Park West
Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP
Location: New York, New York
Building Height: 548 ft (35 stories)
Scale of Model: 1” = 16’-0”
Height of Model: 36”
Number of Pieces Used: over 30,000
Time to Create: 200 hours (100 hours to design; 100 hours to build)
This model is now on display in the National Building Museum in Washington, DC as part of the expanded exhibit LEGO Architecture: Towering Ambition from now until September 3, 2012. It is in the company of 15 models by LEGO certified professional builder Adam Reed Tucker, so I did my best to create something deserving of sharing the floor with them.
With that out of the way, here are the pictures:
A shot of the original building (photo by Peter Aaron/Esto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects).
Now for my take on it. Here is the Central Park West facade. I like that the two buildings read as one from this angle - the same is true in real life.
A view from Broadway and W. 62nd Street. You can see the retail shopfronts and the garden terrace on the sixth floor.
The W. 61st Street facade. Here you can see that the two buildings (the House on the right and the Tower on the left) are connected by a central pavilion off of a motor court.
Here is a shot between the two buildings looking the other way over the garden court. There is a health club in the lower level and the fountain in the garden doubles as a skylight to the pool below.
Thank you for looking! Feel free to ask me any questions or give me your comments!
Edit 1: Forgot to mention there are more photos on my flickr page.
Edited by sonicstarlight, 04 April 2012 - 12:31 AM.