LEGO building blocks are the chosen toy of aspiring builders, and skyscrapers are a favourite building type for many. So, the design and construction of a LEGO skyscraper is inevitable for a future architect. But, what form should the skyscraper take? The structure could be modelled after a real skyscraper or an imagined one. If you desire to create a LEGO skyscraper, there are several different paths you can take to the structure's completion.
When building a LEGO structure, you must choose the scale of the structure. Some prefer to build LEGO buildings to the scale of the LEGO minifigures. In this way, all doors and windows of the skyscraper must be appropriately sized for the minifigure. However, some LEGO builders like to challenge themselves to see how few pieces they can use to construct a structure. Often, these structures are creatively constructed and are very small. On the other hand, some LEGO builders build portions of structures at real scale. This is a very expensive and spatially intensive task, but scaled to life size allows builders to create very accurate models of existing and potential buildings.
Historical and Contemporary Skyscrapers
Look at the skyline of your favourite city or read through an architectural history book about skyscrapers. There are many famous and beautiful skyscrapers in cities like Chicago, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Most of these skyscrapers were created decades ago, but many of them are historically significant.
On the other hand, skyscrapers in Dubai, Singapore, and many other cities around the world are becoming famous because of their heights, sizes, or construction.
In any case, modelling an existing skyscraper out of LEGO bricks allows the builder to explore the construction and modularity of the structure.
The sky is the limit for skyscraper design, especially with LEGO bricks. Although there are height and load limitations for real skyscrapers, LEGO builders can push the boundaries of construction with creativity and ingenious block connections.
Builders can explore the use of the skyscraper and add creative features, such as waterfalls, foliage, helicopter pads and amusement park rides. Furthermore, LEGO builders can create interlocking skyscrapers, modelled after the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Perhaps the skyscraper can be built in an exotic location, such as in the middle of a lake or on the peak of a mountain.
Beyond Our World
Some may prefer to think about skyscrapers in other worlds or even in outer space. What does it mean to have a huge tower flying around on an asteroid or comet through our solar system? What would a skyscraper built on the gas giant Jupiter be like? Could the skyscraper float or shoot up into the sky with rocket engines? Of course, these suggestions are very fanciful, but they barely touch the possibilities.
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