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Wrigley Building, Chicago
This model consists of approximately 3,600 pieces.
About this creation
The Wrigley Building is located between 400 and 410 North Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Situated along the Chicago River, the Wrigley Building is a major tourist destination along the Magnificent Mile as well as a notable Chicago landmark.

This is my thirtieth skyscraper model, and my eighteenth Chicago skyscraper model. No single aspect of this model was easy to design. The irregular four-sided footprints of both the north and south buildings and the surrounding multi-level street intersections, in combination with the angled Michigan Avenue Bridge along one of Chicago's few stretches of diagonal streets, proved quite challenging to incorporate. The model took more than a month to design, about four days to build, and an overall two months to complete. Model completed March 21, 2014.

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Built as the headquarters of The Wrigley Company between 1920 and 1924, the Wrigley Building was the first major office building north of the Chicago River. It was also Chicago's first air-conditioned office building. The gleaming white façade, clad in glazed terra cotta, is mounted to a cast iron support structure, which is held by the building's steel frame. On occasion, the entire building is hand-washed in an effort to preserve the terra cotta. The Wrigley Building was also one of the first skyscrapers to be illuminated at night. This tradition is upheld today using several large floodlights along Michigan Avenue.

The first of the two buildings, the south tower, was completed in April 1921. Designed by the firm Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, the 425-ft south tower rises thirty floors and drew from design elements of the Giralda tower of Seville's Cathedral in Spain, in combination with French Renaissance details. The four sides of the top floors each feature large clock faces nineteen feet-seven inches in diameter.

The north tower was completed in May 1924. It contains twenty-one floors.







Upon the completion of the north tower, walkways were added between the buildings at ground level and at the third floor. Originally, the ground level walkway was enclosed by windows for use by tenants only, until recent renovations eliminated this enclosure, providing public access between the buildings to increase accessibility to the neighboring plaza of the Trump Tower. A catwalk was added in 1931 at the fourteenth floor, providing regulatory access between bank offices.

The north face of the north building borders the Plaza of the Americas. Dedicated in 1963, the flags in this plaza represent each member country of the Organization of American States (OAS). At the center of the back of the plaza stands a statue of Mexico's first president, Benito Juarez, by sculptor Julian Martinez, featured here using a bronze minifig trophy statuette. Beneath this plaza is E Hubbard Street; this is also the location of Chicago's famous Billy Goat Tavern & Grill.

The northwest corner of the complex reveals the multi-level integration of the Wrigley Building at the intersection of E Hubbard and N Rush Streets. The cut-out in the model is where my Trump Tower model fits.





The Wrigley Building is also the site for Chicago River boat tours. Note the use of the tan 6x7 boat bow piece used to form the shape of the riverwalk.






The Michigan Avenue Bridge connects the North and South Shores of Michigan Avenue at street level as well as below street level. The bridge was actually still under construction at the time ground was broken for the Wrigley Building. I thought including it would serve to complement the model by showing one of Chicago's main arteries for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. It was certainly a unique design challenge as well. Instead of simply making the bridge studs-up and angled in the correct direction, I decided to continue the SNOT slopes of the circular driveway in front of the Wrigley Building, and place the turrets at the four corners of the bridge on top of turntables, which also attach the dark red elements to the base. The dark red elements also support the cantilevered slopes that form the pavement at multiple points.

Looking down! The immediate challenge of designing this model was the shapes of both buildings. Aside from the northwest corner of the north building, there is not a single ninety-degree corner on these buildings. As most of the angles left noticeable gaps between the rhythmic grill tile façade, I decided to use varying elements to "seal" the corners more cleanly. The effect of using a different element at each corner was also to emphasize the asymmetry of the building as a whole. The use of the 1x1 round flower plates and 1x1x2/3 round scala bricks also help to achieve the ornamental look of the building and enhance the realism.

A 1x4 hinge plate is used to attach this model to my Trump Tower model.






Here it is attached. In designing this model, I also had to do a complete redesign of about half of the base of the Trump Tower. Using 2x3 and 3x6 wedge plates, I was able to give the Trump Tower base a more rectilinear footprint. The inherent advantage here of using wedges to form a rectangular base is that the building placed on the base is angled in its correct geographic alignment.



A closeup of the opposite corner.






I don't know about you, but I think this shot needs to be my new logo for Skyscrapers, Highrises & Landmarks!







Ladies and gentlemen, my models of Trump International Hotel & Tower and the Wrigley Building!



Comments

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  April 2, 2014
Amazing detail! This is a great microscale city! Awesome work!!
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  March 24, 2014
Excellent, as always! The angles on this building definitely present more of a challenge than some of the others you've done.
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  March 23, 2014
Rocco, This is, by far, my favorite I think of all your buildings!!! Can't wait to see it in person. I think Trump Tower and the Wrigley building may fight over who gets first dibs on displaying them together in THEIR lobbies!!!! Awesome job!!! Mia
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  March 23, 2014
Wow! Brilliant as usual. --Blast--
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  March 23, 2014
Fantastic build, Rocco. There really is some truly magnificent architecture along the Chicago river. Can't wait to see whats next!
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  March 23, 2014
Excellent work! The details and proportions are great.
Rocco Buttliere
Golden Knight
  March 22, 2014
Beautifully done !>.....
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  March 22, 2014
Beautiful work Rocco
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  March 22, 2014
Quoting Dan Church The color of the water is a little optimistic for the Chicago River though. Haha!
Maybe I should have done it in trans-green since they dyed it just last week!
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  March 22, 2014
just love that dark red bridge. I looked at this a couple times before commenting, and it wasn't until the 3rd time I looked at it that I realized the actual scale of it. Wow, you packed in an inordinate amount of detail considering the relatively small size of this one, I mean, those sides are made out of grille pieces! It's always harder to nail iconic imagery at very small scales like this. Excellent work
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  March 22, 2014
Love it, Rocco! Really rings true to such a beautiful building. The color of the water is a little optimistic for the Chicago River though. Haha!
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  March 22, 2014
nice!:D
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  March 22, 2014
Quoting Chris Maxter Wow this is awesome. About your name...are you italian?
You betcha! 50%! :)
 I like it 
  March 22, 2014
Fantastic. I think my favorite detail is the curving stairs leading down to river.
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  March 22, 2014
Impressive. All of the details around the buildings make this scene look extra cool.
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  March 22, 2014
wow! classy and intricate!
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  March 22, 2014
This is incredible! I love the amount of detail! Keep up the good work!
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  March 22, 2014
Simply massively impressive! 5/5 8-)
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  March 22, 2014
Wow this is awesome. About your name...are you italian?
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  March 22, 2014
beautiful done! the angled street layout is great and the building is amazing ;-) !
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  March 22, 2014
Beautiful. Just beautiful.
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  March 21, 2014
Amazing Just amazing, you should finish the riverside from Trump Hotel to Marine Towers
 
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