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Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago
This model consists of 5,148 pieces.
About this creation
My seventh skyscraper based off of Spencer Rezkalla's original design. Trump International, for short, was topped out in 2009 and the plaza was finished shortly after in early 2010. The building is supported by several huge reinforced concrete pillars at its base and is the tallest curtain wall skyscraper in the US; soon to be replaced by One World Trade Center (a.k.a. Freedom Tower). The outdoor plaza features storefronts around the building and along the Chicago River. Additionally, Trump International was featured in the Warner Bros. movie, The Dark Knight. It can be seen across the street from the window of the room in which Gotham City's mayor was talking with Harvey Dent. It was also the building in which Batman captures The Joker, although Batman refers to it as the "Pruitt Building."

This model is my second skyscraper from Chicago; the first being my Sears Tower model. Believe it or not, the entire building is 100% SNOT. SNOT is a LEGOŽ acronym that stands for Studs Not On Top. Meaning that in this building, you will not find a single conventionally stacked LEGOŽ brick. In other words, the entire building is made up of pieces that are turned sideways and connected together inside. My model also features over 400 very rare 1x2 clear tiles which are, currently, only available in the Fallingwater LEGOŽ Architecture set. The building took one week to design, roughly twenty hours to build, and an overall four months to complete. Model completed October 18, 2010.

More photos on Brickshelf

Construction photos here

LEGOŽ Digital Designer file here

The model gets its blue tint by placing normal blue plates underneath a layer of clear plates and a layer of clear tiles.

The building appears very tall and slender at this angle.

In order to prevent the clear tiles from warping the underlying plates, the building is segmented into thirty-one seperate cross-sections that are connected via technic pins. However, plates inside connect all the different cross-sections of the same size, ensuring that the building only seperates at every tier level. This method that resembles a vertical loaf of bread eliminates warping of the plates which is usually caused by the squeezing of tiles that are connected to the same plate.

The various levels of the outdoor plaza.

The Trump Tower dog-walking park to the right. In the center is a clear blue glass-wall elevator for easy access to the plaza's upper levels.

Looking up from one of the plaza walkways.

A close-up of the plaza and riverfront.

Variously colored storefront windows between the tower's columns.

Stairs and another elevator.

The main entrance with an awning.

The spiral parking garage access ramp.

The floors narrow as the building rises.

It was around this section of the building where Batman hung The Joker by his foot off the side of the building!

The upper floors.

The rooftop.

The final floors.

Looking up from N Wabash Ave.

Looking down.

Directly overhead.


Rocco Buttliere
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Sam Knavel
  June 9, 2011
Don't forget to mention Transformers Dark of the Moon!
  March 12, 2011
perhaps I am overlooking something.. What door does this blue key looking structure lock or unlock? bluekey es tur leg O ?
Rocco Buttliere
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sam knavel
  February 12, 2011
I have got to build this, I am going to download the file to LDD soon!
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  November 15, 2010
This is very impressive and dedicated work. I can't imagine the monotony of assembling this monstrosity. Great job.
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  October 30, 2010
Soo a last try ;) Rocco..this is a very good's very detailed..all the entrances and the round "building" behind the tower..everything is perfect..i realy like this model because..i followed the "history" of it..first you only got the LDD file and i asked you when you will order the first bricks. I saw the process of building on brickshelf and i don't know why but..that give a very special touch to the model..for me... you know?..i don't know how to told you guys what i am talking ever...very good model nice details.. really love it ;) Greets from germany Rico
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  October 20, 2010
Quoting Thoy Bradley For your next project do you wanna do that new building in Dubai? I think it stands at 810m tall in real life, has a similar tier design to the building to break up the wind. ~Thoy
I actually made the Burj Khalifa too. Look at my creations.
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  October 20, 2010
excellent work, all the detail is just astounding
  October 20, 2010
Here is the link to the Burj Khalifa tower website :) Hope you enjoy.
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  October 20, 2010
This is fantastic. Nothing more to say. 5/5. For your next project do you wanna do that new building in Dubai? I think it stands at 810m tall in real life, has a similar tier design to the building to break up the wind. ~Thoy
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  October 20, 2010
That thing looks like something you'd see in 2170. Nice work!
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  October 20, 2010
Incredible, if you wouldn't mind, how tall exactly is this amazing building? Also what would be really cool would be if you actually had Batman about to drop poor joker off the roof!!
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  October 20, 2010
Nice work, and I like how you detailed it with the plaza and all. Excellent!
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  October 20, 2010
Great job! I wonder how many transparent elements you used.
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  October 20, 2010
Very nice!
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  October 19, 2010
Rocco, Bravo on your latest skyscraper! It is a fantastic representation of the Trump Tower in Chicago. Congratulations. PET
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