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MetLife Building, New York
Model completed in 2011.
About this creation
This model is approximately 1/650th scale, similar to my other skyscrapers. This model continues my studies of using different methods for skyscraper facades.

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8 Photos available on Brickshelf.com

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Download a LEGO Digital Designer model of this building recreated by Rocco Buttliere. 6271 total pieces.




See Other Versions Of This Design Built By:
Oliver Albrecht
Rocco Buttliere


The MetLife building has its roots in a late 1950's project dubbed "Grand Central City" that was to redevelop the highly valuable Grand Central Terminal site in New York City. Famed architects Walter Gropius and Pierre Belluschi were hired to design a large office building that would rise above the railroad tracks entering Grand Central Terminal. With almost 2.5 million square feet, it would become the largest office building ever constructed.

Straddling Park Avenue, the tower rises above Grand Central Terminal. Originally named the Pan Am Building as the headquarters of its largest tenant, the building is often cited in polls as one of the most hated buildings in New York. This is primarily due to its orientation and location - blocking views of the sky when looking down Park Avenue. The building was purchased by Metropolitan Life in 1981 and renamed the MetLife Building when Pan Am moved their operations to Miami in 1992.

A close up of the Grand Central Terminal building. An elevated Park Avenue runs around both sides of the building.





The rooftop originally featured a heliport for service to and from JFK airport. The operation was plagued from the start with noise and safety concerns. In 1977 a fatal accident killed five people and closed the operation permanently.





My favorite detail in the model are these iron clad windows in Grand Central Terminal done here with black tile grille elements.






The MetLife building features a façade of Mo Sai precast concrete panels. The architects chose this design to differentiate the building from the many glass curtain wall buildings the were common during the 50’s and 60’s. The architecture itself is international style, although it is sometimes accused of being brutalism. The model is constructed with 900 1x2 slope with slot elements to simulate these panels.

A final look. The famous large corporate signs atop the building have been omitted as I have found no suitable purist solutions.



Comments

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  June 29, 2014
nice job!:D
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  October 15, 2013
this is unbelieveable... man
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  January 23, 2012
One of the best skyscrapers I've ever seen on MOC pages! And Grand Central is probably even better...
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  July 18, 2011
Marvelous, simply marvelous!
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  June 29, 2011
This is amazing!!!!
Spencer  R.
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mark Goncharov
  March 29, 2011
Plain amazing.
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  March 28, 2011
Fantastic work on the texture
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  March 28, 2011
Brilliant!
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  March 23, 2011
Fantastic looking.
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  March 22, 2011
This is great. My office is across the street (north) of the Met Life building and the gym I workout in is actually in it. Very nicely done in this scale. Also GC is really well done.
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  March 21, 2011
Very impressive build! Great details and mixture of architectural styles.
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  March 21, 2011
outstanding.
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  March 21, 2011
EPIC! I saw this on Brickshelf yesterday. This looks exactly like the real thing! The only time I get to see this building is either in pictures or a game. Awesome job!
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  March 21, 2011
Spencer, it's nice to see a new epic build from you. Your skyscraper series is one of my favorites on MOCpages. Take care, Eric.
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  March 21, 2011
Drool worthy.~H
Spencer  R.
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Sam Knavel
  March 20, 2011
Epic! I was planning on building this!
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  March 20, 2011
Quoting Rocco Buttliere You should include a picture of a horizontal cross section of the MetLife to show techniques of how you managed to angle the 1x2 grill slopes to appear straight.
I'm actually using technic pin connector plates to angle the slopes properly.
  March 20, 2011
Incredible. I always look forward to your next micro project. You don't disappoint.
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  March 20, 2011
As usual, a masterful design and completely original! You should include a picture of a horizontal cross section of the MetLife to show techniques of how you managed to angle the 1x2 grill slopes to appear straight. If I'm not mistaken, you probably had to use bar and clip techniques because male and female snap-and-clip plates have set degree measures in incraments of 22.5 degrees whereas the grill slopes require a 16 degree hinge to appear straight on your SNOT facade.
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  March 20, 2011
Great job. Incredible detail!
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  March 20, 2011
Amazing, I lived in New Jersey for a year and I went through grand central quite a few times and got to see these in real life. Great Job.
 
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