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The Glass Tower (Ficitional skyscraper from the 'Towering Inferno')
The skyscraper from the 1974 disaster film 'The Towering Inferno'
About this creation
The Glass Tower is a fictional skyscraper featured in the 1974 Irwin Allen disaster film The Towering Inferno. The tower is 138 stories tall and sheathed with large floor-to-ceiling gold-tinted windows; exterior columns are clad in gold-colored metal panels. Scenes set in front of the tower at street level were filmed at San Francisco's Bank of America Building, using both the plaza in front and the lower lobby. The upper lobby includes a large 16-story-high atrium, filmed at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Hotel at Embarcadero Center. The equipment spaces where the water tanks are, and the scenes of the glass elevator being set down on the ground were shot in Century City, California. The remainder of the building was made up of sets and large-scale models. The distinctive pill-shaped glass elevators at the Hyatt were replicated for the sets.

There are offices up to the 80th floor. Floors 81 to 120 are purely residential. The film never states what the purpose of floors 121 to 134 are, but the 135th floor features the 300 person capacity Promenade Deck ballroom, which affords a view of San Francisco from a height of 1800 feet (approximately 550 meters). The ballroom floor is serviced by two internal express elevators and 3 glass scenic elevators (although only one was functional at the time of the building's dedication). Floors 136 to 138 consist of machine rooms for the elevators and six massive water tanks which together hold one million gallons of water. The flat roof has a helipad. Jim Duncan's office is on the 65th floor and Doug Roberts' office is on the 79th floor. The initial fire started on the 81st floor in the 81K storage room.

The Lego version of 'The Glass Tower' is incomplete in that I intend to build Jim Duncan's office underneath the existing building, copying the way I built the J. Edgar Hoover Building. The office will be built at a later date.

The Glass Tower is illuminated using LEDs that run through the middle. Unfortunately the tower narrows near the top and the LEDs were unable to go any higher, hence why the top of the tower is darker than the base.

Looking up at the tower with the sky behind it

A closer view of the top floors. The entire tower is no more than 25cm in height.

The tower with the sun reflected

The tower with the base buildings

The tower illuminated at night

The base of the complex. The 'real' building is gold plated all the way through but due to the small scale this was unrealistic and so the only gold additions are at the base of the building.

Looking up at the tower at night

Here the lack of LEDs near the pinnacle of the building is clearly demonstrated

A close up of the tower during the daytime


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  August 13, 2009
Interesting building! I really like how you photographed it, too.
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  August 11, 2009
Now you've got enough clear bricks for a lifetime! Awesome build! Really cool that it illuminates. ~M
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  August 11, 2009
wow beautyful skyscraper! its superb! fantastic lighting and the golden buildings at the bottom are really great too!
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  August 11, 2009
Heyyy this is pretty slick, I like it, and I remember the movie!
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