This is a 62000-brick LEGO model of the Academic Quadrangle area of the Simon Fraser University in Canada.
About this creation
This is a 62000-brick LEGO model of the Academic Quadrangle area of the Simon Fraser University campus in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. An update to my earlier version, the model includes the Academic Quadrangle, the Bennett Library, and the Convocation Mall.
The campus, built in 1964, is infamous for its contemporary brutalist architecture reminiscent of the 1950s-1970s concrete shopping centres with their myriad of elevated sections and underground corridors and passageways, much of which also gives it a futuristic look and feel which has led to it being used as a filming location for many TV shows (Stargate SG-1, the remake of Battlestar Galactica, Andromeda, The X-Files) and movies (The Groundstar Conspiracy, The Sixth Day, Anti-Trust, The Day the Earth Stood Still), to name but a few. The brutal squareness of all that concrete actually makes it an ideal model to build with LEGO.
Built and rendered with the free LDraw tools MLCad, LDView and POV-Ray.
Check out those three-thousand-four-hundred-and-fifty-two windows :)
View of the Academic Quadrangle from the Convocation Mall
Aerial view of the Academic Quadrangle from the north
West entrance to the upper Academic Quadrangle levels
Aerial view of the Academic Quadrangle from the west
Aerial view of the Academic Quadrangle from the west
Entrance to the Academic Quadrangle from the Convocation Mall elevated walkway
South-west corner of the Academic Quadrangle
Looking towards the Academic Quadrangle from under the Convocation Mall elevated walkway
View of the Bennett Library and Convocation Mall
Looking east through the Convocation Mall with the Academic Quadrangle in the distance
Looking up at the 10250-piece Convocation Mall roof
View of the Bennett Library entrance from the Convocation Mall
Looking east at the Bennett Library and Convocation Mall from the north elevated walkway
North-east looking aerial view showing the Academic Quadrangle, the Bennett Library, and the Convocation Mall
Looking west through the Convocation Mall from the Academic Quadrangle steps
North-west looking aerial view showing the Academic Quadrangle, the Bennett Library, and the Convocation Mall
Academic Quadrangle level 4 gardens
West entrance to Academic Quadrangle gardens
Academic Quadrangle gardens from north-west level 6 balcony
Academic Quadrangle gardens looking towards west entrance
East entrance to Academic Quadrangle gardens
Academic Quadrangle gardens from south-east level 6 balcony
Academic Quadrangle gardens with cool tree shadow across the pool
Close-up of the pool in the Academic Quadrangle gardens
Academic Quadrangle level 5 corridor with man at lockers
Terry Fox statue in the Academic Quadrangle gardens
These are the voyages of the Academic Quadrangle
These are the voyages of the Bennett Library
This 3-minute YouTube HD video includes most of the images from above and 2 animation sequences, all rendered from POV-Ray. The animations include a pan around the AQ gardens and a fly-thru from one end of the model to the other.
The upper AQ4, AQ5 and AQ6 levels of the model Academic Quadrangle feature 52 classrooms, 32 offices, 336 lockers, 8 entrances with stairwells and roof-top fire exits, 8 utility/storage rooms, and a campus directory on the east side. The AQ5/AQ6 levels are completely elevated on pillars. The large centralised AQ4 garden area includes a pool with "floating" walkway, lots of bushes, flowers, and trees (including two large custom trees), park benches, log benches, a statue, and lots of sloping grass! The lower AQ3 and AQ2 levels are built with only a west facade so that images can be rendered looking east from the Convocation Mall area.
The model Bennett Library has 7 floors with the public entrance on level 3 from the Convocation Mall. It presently consists of outer walls only, plus the various structures on the roof, and dummy floors for render purposes.
The model Convocation Mall runs from the Academic Quadrangle, past the Bennett Library, just up to the start of the steps that would lead down under the Rotunda or Transportation Centre. It contains twin elevated walkways from the AQ, various plants, seating, flags, a fountain, the entrance to the library, a campus directory, and a very elaborate roof structure with supporting columns that together use around 15000 parts.
Academic Quadrangle Parts
Bennett Library Parts
Convocation Mall Parts
Size - Metric - mm
6620 x 2310 x 800
Size - Footprint Area - mē
Size - Studs
834 x 291 x 101
Here are some images of the real thing:
Courtesy of Flickr users fusionpanda & bricoleurbanism (1, 2, 3). Creative Commons licensed for public use.
Quoting Achintya Prasad
Massive! You must have a very powerful computer to support that.....
Actually nothing could be further from the truth. 10-year old 1.5GHz single-core with 768MB RAM and 32-bit Windows XP. If you read the technical description on my personal website (linked from my homepage here) for this model you'll see a good explanation of the technical effort that was needed to optimise the model so that it could be rendered on this old relic of a PC :) If I actually had a top of the range PC I would have been able to render slightly better quality images.