Lego model of the Art Deco skyscraper at 70 Pine Street, New York City built to a 1/192 scale.
About this creation
I am posting my second MOC here. It is a replica of an art deco gem from Lower Manhattan built to a 1/192 scale. This building previously known as the Cities Service Building and the American International Building is now a residential building simply known by it's street address - 70 Pine Street.
This was built during the early Depression years - the same time period that gave rise to several other NYC landmarks including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building. It has a tapered shape as well as the Art Deco styling that was typical of most skyscrapers from this period (the tapering was required to comply with the setback regulations that were put in place to ensure that the new crop of skyscrapers coming up didn't block out too much sunlight and fresh air from the streets down below).
While this building was obviously overshadowed by the Chrysler and the Empire State Building it remained the third tallest building in the world until the late 60's (if I am not mistaken) as well as the tallest building in Lower Manhattan (it regained that status after 9/11 until the new WTC buildings were built).
I am sure I have walked past this building several times but I never gave it a second thought until I started working on my MOC of the Empire State Building (posted last year). While researching other Art Deco skyscrapers I could build with Lego, I stumbled upon pictures of 70 Pine Street. There was something about it that almost immediately made me want to build it with Lego. While the setbacks on the Empire State Building were fun to design and build with Lego, the intricate (but elegant) setbacks on 70 Pine Street take things to the next level. The multi-toned crown of the building that was intended to give the building the look of a snow-capped mountain just added to the challenge. I started working on the design even before I was done building the Empire State Building MOC.
Initially I wanted to use the same scale as I had used for my Empire State Building but realized quickly that it was impossible to do justice to it unless I went to at least a 2x bigger scale. The 1/192 scale I picked worked out well - it translates to two brick heights for each floor of the building allowing me to build a very accurate MOC - at least when it comes to the floor and window count. Obviously at this scale it is impossible to represent any of the finer Art Deco details (Spencer R. attempted to do that with his own version of the building - the only other large MOC of this building I am aware of).
The MOC can be separated into 4 sections - making it easy to transport (should I ever decide to display this at one of the Lego conventions). I am looking forward to your comments and constructive feedback (regarding anything I can improve with this MOC). I am also looking for ideas on what to build next.