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[MOC] The Portland Building

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I present to you, The Portland Building.

This was built by the wife of "ritzcrackerman."  :wink:  She does not do much by way of photo-sharing, so we share the same Flickr / Instagram accounts.

The Portland Public Service Building (“Portland Building”), is a boxy, 15-story building in the center of downtown Portland, Oregon (USA).  It is a notable and early work of Post-Modern Classicism.  This style was ground-breaking at the time, rejecting “universal” Modernist principals - steel and glass, big windows, exterior stripped of ornamentation and historical reference - in favor of bold and symbolic colors and architect Michael Graves’ use of over-scaled and highly-stylized classical decorative features on the building’s facades, garlands on the north and south facades, and the giant pilasters and keystone elements on the east and west facades.

The Portland Building is also home to the famed "Portlandia" statue, the 2nd largest hammered copper statue in the world (behind the Statue of Liberty).

This LEGO version is scaled respective to LEGO minifigures at approximately ¾ scale (true minifig scale would make the building closer to 50” in height, and the city blocks closer to 2.5 by 2.5 roadplates).   It sites on 2 x 2 baseplates.

The colors used are very close to real-life, but some compromises had to be made for practicality and affordability.  The base of the structure realistically best matches LEGO “teal” (“dark turquoise,” color ID 39).  However, as this color only recently began making a re-appearance in 2018 LEGO sets, after a 10-year hiatus, and has been limited in its element availability.  So, sand green was used instead.

Enjoy!

44451990470_395987c6c3_b.jpgThe Portland Building by ritzcrackerman, on Flickr

45545522054_e1d35b402b_b.jpgThe Portland Building by ritzcrackerman, on Flickr

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I'll just say, I had never heard of this building before seeing this creation based upon it over at Flickr. I mean, dang, its resemblance to the real thing is simply uncanny! :thumbup: :oh:

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55 minutes ago, Digger of Bricks said:

I'll just say, I had never heard of this building before seeing this creation based upon it over at Flickr. I mean, dang, its resemblance to the real thing is simply uncanny! :thumbup: :oh:

portland_building_reconstruction_dz1_01.jpg

That’s actually the rendering of what it will look like in 2020 after the renovation is complete. They are changing out the glazed black glass windows for clear windows, installing exterior metal cladding to prevent water intrusion, and some other major updates to the interior. I’m sure she will revisit it again after the renovation is completed. 

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Yeah, it looks so real! Even in close up, it's hard to tell that it's made of LEGO bricks. The building techniques used is brilliant as well! :thumbup:

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That looks amazing! On a quick glance, I would've never believed it was made of Lego. Looks more like a completely poured mold instead

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