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Lego Skyscrapers

Lego Skyscrapers

What happens when an architect rediscovers his childhood passion for Legos? Some of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers (and other structures) are built to scale with the magical interlocking blocks.

Lego Skyscrapers of Chicago

From the Burj Khalifa to the Chicago skyline, LEGO® Certified Professional Adam Reed Tucker has recreated them in Lego. The traveling LEGO® Architecture: Towering Ambition display showcases thirteen of Mr. Tucker’s creations. They aren’t just limited to skyscrapers. He’s also built the St. Louis Arch and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water out of the magic bricks. For the stop in Detroit he built Ford Field.

The detail is amazing. After studying photos and, if available, plans of the buildings, Adam Reed Tucker begins assembling substructures; often re-doing them several times to get the look right in a sturdy design. No software, custom pieces, or glue are used. The docent I spoke with at the Henry Ford Museum said that the LEGO® creations showed up in custom-built crates in sections. The Burj Khalifa, the tallest of Tucker’s architectural homages, is 5.4m tall and is broken down into several sections for transport. I pity the fool that drops a section while unpacking it.

That amazing detail gives visitors to the display an interesting view into and of the buildings. Walls were left off in places and clear plastic “windows” used to let us look into the buildings. While the structure of the LEGO® models may be different from that of the real thing, just looking at the intricacy of the structure used to support these towering sculptures is incredible and gives one a real appreciation for the amount of effort that Adam Reed Tucker has put into these models.

The display left The Henry Ford Museum on February 24, 2013. Keep your eyes open for it to show up at a museum near you!

[Image Credis: engineerd™]

  • Number_Six

    I was disappointed when I visited the WhatchyoutalkinaboutWillis Tower in Chicago back in September and the Lego models were tiny wee things. I'd like to get my hands on a monster kit like the ones above (although the miniatures were crazy overpriced at the tower gift shop as it was).

  • The Professor

    Very cool. I have often wondered, when looking at some of these huge Lego constructs, when they are broken down and shipped from place to place, what do they do when they open a crate and the thing is all fallen to bits from being dropped or whatever? How would the people on-site be able to rebuild them?
    If I was to make something of that size and complexity to be shipped somewhere, you could by god bet that I'd glue the damned bricks together, bollocks to tradition.

    • Most are glued. From talking with people that display at LUG groups and Lego shows. Just easier that way. Many times they are built in sections that can be broken down and packed in padded boxes for transport.

      And there is still stuff to repair.

      • The Professor

        Hi lilwillie! long time no see, er, read! I've been feeling neglected.

        Thanks for that verification, it's the only way it would make sense to ship those huge, complicated things. I'm trying to imagine someone receiving that big Rolls Royce jet engine model for display and finding it in a zillion pieces. I'd be bummed.