Taipei 101 5 ft tall model of world's tallest building . Brickshelf went down, so I have moved my pictures for this to:
It's been a very enjoyable skyscraper to build . 3 months to plan and build, about 7K bricks to build, with about 2K more needed to finish it, but it is conceptually all there and ready to show to the world. Enjoy all. I also am posted on ibricks.org at ibricks, a Lego MOC forum You can also just search for "Taipei 101" +Lego using Google
I have 3 sides completed, and need a bit more glass for the 3 sides I have done, I need the corner pieces which currently I only have on the first 4 sections (floors 26 - 58), and I need to modify the tower/spire at the top of the building which comprises floors 91 through 101.
Using 1 brick and 1 plate for each floor, this MOC actually has 101 floors. It was fun to build, especially the parts I finished up after returning from Taipei. I'll post some up close pics from the top in a couple days, and maybe even some pictures of the inside structural support system. That's my trade secret, so.....
The first pic below shows how the building is lit up from the inside to give it a more realistic feel, especially at night.
The 2nd pic again shows the complete building, with a slightly different lighting. My company is Taiwanese-owned, so about half o my co-workers have moved to the US from Taiwan. I polled many of them to see if they knew what color the building was. Only one person I polled was sure that it was green. Most thought it was blue. This is why I chose sand blue as the color of the non-transparent bricks that make up the exterior framing. I thought sand-blue framing would give it a slight "blue" feel. In low light though, the sand blue bricks and plates appear gray, as they do in this photo.
Sloped Base Wall Design Concept & Challenges
The 4 trapeziodal-shaped base walls are sloped in. I scoured bricklink for slopes in the right dimension, but could only find inverted slopes of the right shape, so I bought 88 inverted slopes, then built the bottom 26 stories of the building,... upside-down, tied them in with hinges, and voila, you can barely tell the bottom 26 stories of the building are build upside-down. SNOT (Studs Not On Top) was the only way to go for this part of the building with the limited brick supply bricklink had.
This is the best aerial shot I have of the building. I built it on my desk, and now it is too tall to get a good aerial shot of. I have since re-designed the spire section, making it even taller than it was when this shot was taken. I'll have to disassemble it and move it to the floor to get a proper aerial shot someday. Fortunately I made it somewhat modular so that it comes apart easily. (thinking ahead to BrickFest 2008...)
Here is a picture of the building's interior super-structure, which shows how the intertior sturctural supports of the base of the building hold the 4 trapeziodal-shaped 26 story high base walls at a slope. There is a platform at about the 20th floor that has 4 sets of combination hinges (one for each side of the building) which transition the direction of the connection from "blocks facing right-side-up" (on the interior columns and platform on the 20th floor) to "blocks facing upside-down" on the exterior walls. This is how I hang the 4 base walls upside down, but still have them connected rigidly. The hinges are the locking variety, so there is no sway. I have similar combination hinges that connect the walls at the base onto the 48x48 base plate. Locking hinges top and bottom hold the four 26-story base walls firmly in pace.
I chose to build the base in this upside down fashion purely because I couldn't find the slopes in the shape and color I was building with, so I opted for inverted slopes and built upside down. I have a Lehigh alum to thank for that brainstorming session over lunch one day. Thanks Nick!
This is a pretty clear picture of the hanging curtain wall design. The 4 columns comprised mostly of 2x2 blocks extend the entire height of the building, reinforced against lateral movement by horizontal plates spaced vertically roughly twice per 8-story section. If you grab hold of the top of the building, you can make it sway about an inch in each direction, but overall, it's suficiently stiff, and the weight of the building is not carried in the exterior walls, which allows them to be at the angle they are.
The 1x4 plates coming off the columns at 45 degree angles push out against the corner pieces to keep them firmly in place. The corner pieces fill in the gaps between the sides, with the gaps largest at the top of each section, and no gap at the bottom where the sides hang inwardly and touch at the bottom.