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Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai
Model completed in 2009.
About this creation
A microscale model of the famous Shanghai skyscraper. This model is approximately 1/650th scale, similar to my other skyscrapers

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Looking down on the tower. At 1380ft and 88 stories, the Jin Mao Tower was China's first "super tall" skyscraper when completed in 1998. The lowest 50 floors are commercial office space, while the upper stories are a Hyatt hotel.





A close up of the setbacks in the upper portion of the tower. This model solved one of the nagging building questions I had - how to build horizontal plate floors and step the setbacks in increments other than whole or half stud. The trick is obviously to use the vertical center band on the facade to hide slip plane joints between the four quadrants that comprise the corners of each segment of the tower. There are some cool tricks under the skin that hold everything together.

A close up of the crown which uses a lot of metallic silver colored pieces. It would have been nice to clad the entire building in metallic silver plates rather than light grey, but the market prices for those plates are still too costly for the quantities I need. Perhaps for some future Version 2...





In the real tower, there are setbacks at each segment. Using one plate width setbacks at each level would have narrowed the tower too much, so I used them sparingly concentrating them near the top. The number of floors in each segment in the real Jin Mao are based on some mathematical sequences that revolve around the number eight. For the Lego model, I didn't have the design freedom to exactly emulate them - so I winged it a bit.


The plaza and podium. The podium structure houses a shopping mall as well as conference and events centers that service the hotel.




Another closeup of the podium structure. The top was designed to look like an horizontal cocoon slowly opening its wings and preparing for flight. I used flex tubes to curve the roof top.



One final look at the model.




Comments

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  October 15, 2013
super awesome
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  January 9, 2011
Love the level of detail you use excellent build!!!!
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  December 24, 2009
WOW!!!! This is AMAZING!!!!! By any chance are you going to build the upcoming shanghai world expo to compliment this amazing building?
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  November 19, 2009
Quoting Brick Tales Is that running concurrently with the LEGO Castle exhibit, that I thought was also there now?
Yes. Our local club was asked by the museum to display some models from a variety of themes as part of the Castle exhibit.
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  November 17, 2009
Another amazing skyscraper, Spencer. Also, congratulations on the museum display. Is that running concurrently with the LEGO Castle exhibit, that I thought was also there now? Are they having sort of a LEGO theme, or was that just coincidence?
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  October 5, 2009
Great Job!! I REALLY like the effects at the pinnacle. In fact, I had always wondered what a Jin Mao Tower made by you would look like. Are the plates in between the 1x1 transparents light gray, light bluish gray, or very light gray?
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  October 4, 2009
Quoting david drake Spencer, AWESOME! I was there in June and again in August, and you did an amazing job!
David, I'm envious of your international travels. You need to come to Brickworld next year with your Oriental Pearl Tower so we can create a Shanghai tower display... who is going to build the SWFC?
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  October 4, 2009
Quoting Arthur Gugick Just how many cheese slopes did you use?
Probably more than a hundred. The tower is nearly solid inside and it is built as one piece. There is a central 2x2 spine running through most of it, similar to my Taipei 101.
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  October 4, 2009
Excellent. I had a chance to take a close look at this amazing model of the Jin Mao yesterday as Spencer put it and his other micro scale skyscrapers into a display case at The Henry Ford museum. The color selection and workmanship are superb. Good luck with the Shanghai World Financial Center!
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  October 3, 2009
Always amazing work! Fantastic job on the taper and the roof line.
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  October 3, 2009
this is really nice you should make a mini lego town out of this
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  October 3, 2009
I've been staring at these photos, totally amazed, for the past hour, trying to envision all the techniques that you've used. (Hopefully I'll steal...borrow some of those ideas!!). Jin Mao Tower has been on my to-do list for a while but I was never able to envision how to delicately taper the individual sections. A problems you've solved and solved well. Just how many cheese slopes did you use?
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  October 3, 2009
Very nicely done. Looks very real.
Spencer  R.
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Thomas N
  October 2, 2009
Wow, thats amazing, I've actually never heard of that tower before, but this still looks superb! ~T
  October 2, 2009
Spencer, AWESOME! I was there in June and again in August, and you did an amazing job! You even did the building at the base that looks like an open book. Good color choice, and you got the shape down too. I don't think there's enough silver colored bricks and slopes out there in all of BrickLink to do that. Good use of artistic license on the mathematical sturcture to the bldg as well. I think the base section is 12 stories, then a setback, followed by a section of 11 stories, then a setback, etc ten times until you get to the peak. I've studied the shape of this bldg in great detail, so if I approve of it, consider yourself gold seal stamped. I especially like the view looking down, the view you get when you're in the observation decks of the SWFC that sits next door.
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  October 2, 2009
This is extremly cool. The tower looks perfect. Was it a comishoned model> It would look great in the Jin Mao Towers Loby!
 
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