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19-Floor LEGO® Minifigure-Compatible Office Building

Here is my first attempt at a “main” model using the free building software from LEGO® (I got a bit carried away). The reader may think it is just for children, but whatever your age, it can provide a great form of creative outlet.

Entirely my own design, although just 19 floors high, there may possibly be some influence from the likes of the Shard and the Leadenhall (“The Cheesegrater”) buildings in London, and also The Hancock Center and the Willis (Sears) Tower in Chicago. Included in the build at ground level is a smaller prototype model which was made first.

The model was based on a modular design using sections based around 6x16-stud black plates. Each level was designed to be 7 bricks high, including mounted floor boards. A stairwell and lift (elevator) section was first designed, 7 bricks high for the first level and 6⅔ bricks high for subsequent levels (to account for flooring). This model was to include one single stairwell/lift section up to the 14th level (there are 19 levels in total), although in reality, for safety reasons, architecturally there should have been at least one stairwell included either end of the building. Being LEGO®, a certain “artistic licence” was employed. Also, no stairwell was included going to levels 15-19 inclusive. Possible, but these top levels were included here as “vanity” levels – included for appearance, rather than intended to be occupied.

The system was such, so that, apart from areas immediately surrounding the stairwell/lift section, each 6x16-stud black plate could be substituted for two 2x6-stud plates either end of a 6x12 plate with the former being fixed in the structure and the latter being free to remove (as a removable floorboard) within the completed model.

The pictures on this webpage show a prototype model, which was built prior to construction of the main model (and included at the base of the final model, surrounded by a “pond” and note the grey bricks indicate location of the stairwell/lift section), the stairwell/lift section itself, and pictures representing various stages of the build.

At the end of this webpage is a download section, to allow the reader (with a suitable PC and copy of LEGO® Digital Designer) to view the model in more detail themselves and perhaps “play” with the design. Note that the model design shown here, in its entirety or in part, is copyrighted and therefore no permission is granted to reproduce it for commercial or any other reason(s).

 

Downloads

1. skyscraper_moc_01 LDR File (LDraw File - right-click, save as... or may open in browser)

2. skyscraper_moc_01 Lego Digital Designer LXF Model File

3. skyscraper_moc_01 Lego Digital Designer LXFML Model File

4. skyscraper_moc_01_lxfml-4 Lego Digital Designer LXFML4 Model File

5. skyscraper_moc_01 Microsoft Excel Worksheet (Parts List)

Note that the model design shown here, in its entirety or in part, is copyrighted and therefore no permission is granted to reproduce it for commercial or any other purposes(s).

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