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Old Posted Mar 27, 2018, 11:26 AM
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Next one down the line done - the AON Center in Chicago, IL, United States!



This one isn't very exciting on its own so I included the courtyard area in front to make it more interesting. It has a water fall, fountain, pavilions, and it's recessed below the ground, which is one reason that I include a 2mm tall base on all of my models. For one, it gives them something to stand on in case there are thinner features like columns that wouldn't otherwise be printable. And second, so I can vary the terrain if need be, like in this case where the front entrance is lower than street level.

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Old Posted Mar 30, 2018, 3:58 AM
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I'm really proud of this model - Almas Tower in Dubai, UAE!



Between the base section and towers, this one took the better part of three days! The floral shape of the base is especially neat and I had to include the ground details between them or else have a plain, flat expanse between sections. I've included the pool on the right/rear side of the towers, the planters in back below the larger 'petal', the tiered fountain/pond in front of the main entrance with canopy, plus the tiers below each of the other petals.

The towers themselves are just so cool, how they intersect each other, the framing on the taller tower and the columns near the bottom of the shorter towers that cut into an open space in the main form. This is the only model thus far that I've felt the need to take an additional screen capture to show the base details!




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Old Posted Mar 31, 2018, 6:13 AM
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Here's a classic one from Guangzhou, China, The Pinnacle.



These tiered structures always seem simple at first but between figuring out the height-to-width ratio of all of the sections, the vertical and horizontal spacing of the windows, and all of the ornamental elements that need to follow the proportions, there can be a lot of issues along the way! Still, I had a lot of fun with this one.


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Old Posted Apr 1, 2018, 3:28 AM
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I finally got back to this one - I started it back in the beginning of 2017 then took a long break from the skyscraper models on account of work. Now that I'm back to it, I was working my way down in order, for the most part, but since this one isn't too far off I decided to just bang it out.

Here's Mercury City Tower in Moscow, Russia!




I like the angles on this one and how they split up the box. The proportions are quite nice, in my opinion. I also like the bold choice of orange for the primary color with black accents. I believe those are solar panels on the roof but I could be wrong. Either way, it was a fun model to work on!

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Old Posted Apr 3, 2018, 5:56 AM
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Here's another tower, but this one has rides on top! It's the Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas, NV, United States!



I modeled the roller coaster into the top portion but didn't really do the other rides on account of the geometry not being able to print at this scale. I did however try to include all the details I could, like the stairs up to the top portions, the framing, and even the sign and giant display screen above the entrance!

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Old Posted Apr 4, 2018, 8:41 AM
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Two new models! First up is one that made its way onto the first page of the world skyscrapers diagrams just after 432 Park Avenue.

Here's Marina 101 in Dubai, UAE!



There's not too much to say about this one that can't be said about Princess Tower, the Elite Residences or 23 Marina - the primary difference between those and this one is the lack of prominent balconies and an antenna. The spire is pretty cool and the tapered sections are reminiscent of modern Gothic architecture.



And here's another from Dubai, UAE - Gevora Hotel!



In all honesty, I didn't think much of this one at first. It's pretty plain at first glance - a square profile with rounded corners and simple balconies. The framed spire is pretty lame, in my opinion, but the finer details are pretty cool. Most of these are behind glass, however, so much like Guangzhou IFC, I modeled them into the surface to give more character than making it a plain, flat surface. It shares some characteristics with other Dubai architecture but it's definitely not one of their best...

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Old Posted Apr 10, 2018, 4:52 AM
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Big update with three new models!

First up is The Centre in Hong Kong, China!



This one is simple overall but the base section is interesting in that there are four main framed supports and the underside is mostly open with only a few features near the center of the structure. For this reason, I separated the main tower and the supports from the base and underside features so they can be more easily painted.



Next up is SEG (Shenzhen Electronics Group) Plaza in Shenzhen, China!



There wasn't a whole lot of source material for this one (no floor plans or sections and only a few elevation drawings) so I was dependent on Baidu Maps for street views as well as Google Earth for satellite images to get the roof details. I did extensive searching to find decent reference images of the text on the front and sides of the building to recreate them!

After making significant progress on the model for this one, I realized that I started in 1:1000 scale (forgot to divide the mm measurements around the reference images by 2) so I had to start over! A setback no doubt, but the second build went a lot faster than the first so it wasn't a huge deal but I definitely needed to step away from my computer for a day to cool off haha.



And last but definitely not least (this is actually one of my favorite thus far), the JW Marriott Marquis in Dubai, UAE!



Thankfully, I was able to find numerous floor plans to get a gauge on the angle of the towers as well as the location of the protruding features along the front and back faces of each. Once I followed the plans for the base section, I inserted a Google Earth satellite image from a near perfect top view and was pleased to see it line up perfectly! There are a ton of details on this one since its odd footprint warranted a simpler base shape which left ground level areas between sections of the structure, so they're populated with planters, sidewalks, and other details. I also put all the roof detail on the rear lower roof portion with the pools, bar, etc.

This is definitely one of my favorite models so far and another one that warranted an additional screen shot to show the rear base details.



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Old Posted Apr 11, 2018, 12:35 AM
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And another one down - missed this one from the first page but then it got knowced to the second page when Marina 101 was finished.

Here's Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, IL, United States!



Nothing too exciting - there aren't a lot of details on the roof or ground around the immediate perimeter of the building - and the vertical framing was a bit too fine to include in the model, so it's just horizontal engravings.

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Old Posted Apr 12, 2018, 1:09 AM
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Here's another new one from a bit further down the list - Kingdom Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia!



Here's another example of a structure 'embedded' into the surrounding terrain and structural elements, so including them were necessary to be accurate to the tower while maintaining the proper height in relation to the other models. I went all out on this one, building the topology and features into the base portion, including planters, pillars, etc. The tower itself isn't very exciting on its own so I like having the rest there to give context and make it a more presentable stand-along piece!

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Old Posted Apr 12, 2018, 10:05 AM
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Alright, back to a skyscraper in the main descending order - here's First Canadian Place in Toronto, Ontario, Canada!



This is a pretty basic box so much like the AON Center in Chicago, I opted to create the surrounding features and courtyard area to make it a bit more interesting. I like when there are a lot of odd features up on the roof, and this one had three antennas to boot! I used a combination of satellite images and floor plans to get the base just right and a few elevations helped to determine the height of the various levels thereof.

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Old Posted Apr 14, 2018, 7:24 AM
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I jumped down in the list again to get to this one - it's the Eiffel Tower in Paris France!



I had a lot of fun with this one with the framing making for an interesting build. I debated on including a full base with features on it but given the nature of the surroundings of the tower and the fact that they're always changing the location of the various kiosks, I decided to just create the 2mm base beneath each of the four main supports. Let's face it, the most interesting part of this structure by far is above the ground level so I let that speak for itself and cut back on the amount of material needed for printing by omitting a large, plain base encompassing the full footprint.

I also split the model into three sections to make it easier to paint. It's essentially split by the three main tiers/sections but the long section that connects the middle terrace to the spire portion is part of the second tier and the spire is connected to the full third, outer section. It's hard to see the inner portion in the screen grabs so here is a Shapeways render showing the three sections as they're split.



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Old Posted Apr 15, 2018, 1:32 AM
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Another new one from a little further down the list before I get back to the descending order - ADNOC Headquarters in Abu Dhabi, UAE!



I never realized this one was a parallelogram rather than a rectangle until I started looking at satellite images. I was unable to find any floor plans but was able to get the overall proportions by referencing elevations and the satellite views.

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