Sears (Willis) Tower in Chicago, IL. Inspired by the design of Spencer Rezkalla.
About this creation
This was a really fun build for me. Sears is my all time favorite building, so it had to be done first. When building the plaza, I was debating whether to go for accurate color (sand red), or maximum detail. Although I loved what Spencer R. was able to do with the limited different sand red peices out there, I chose the latter. I also decided to with a 16x16 tower (at the base) with 3 columns of 4 1x1 clear plates per side per floor. There are 48 1x1's per floor up to the 90th floor (highest setback), and 24 per floor from there to 108. All told there are about 4200 or so 1x1 clear plates in the model. Luckily they are relatively inexpensive!
The surrounding "streets" were done in dark bluish-grey tile. I'd like to say it's because that color most accurately represents a street color, but really I just had a surplus of 2x2 tiles. I would have preferred to do this in black, but oh well.
South-west from Jackson and Wacker. Skydeck entrance is visible.
Atrium entrance on the west side of the building
From the north-west
Entrance off of Franklin St. on the east side of the building
Underground parking visible off of Franklin St.
From the side
Rooftop and antennas
Closeup of the rooftop/antenna setup. I found as many pics as I could to accurately represent the antennas. With this slightly larger scale, white robot arms worked well for connecting the two smaller antennas to each main one.
Mechanical floors 88-90. For most mech floors, black grill bricks were used, but on the real building the inner sides of 88-90 are transparent, exposing structural x-bracing within. I represented this with trans-black bricks.
The top opens to the 103rd floor skydeck. Again, this idea is from Spencer R's design.
Sand green tiles were used for the floor of the skydeck. The white tile represents the elevator banks.