How many LEGO bricks does it take to build a 1:200 scale model of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai?
As it turns out, a 4.14-metre-tall model requires 48,365 bricks — along with 135 hours of labour.
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It is the centrepiece of Science World’s current feature exhibition, Towers of Tomorrow with LEGO Bricks, which features 20 of the world’s most renowned skyscrapers and structures, with surreal architectural detail and accuracy.
All of the models are built to a 1:200 scale, with other notable, iconic towers including Toronto’s CN Tower, Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, Kuala Lumpur’s Petronas Twin Towers, the Shanghai Tower, Taipei 101, Tokyo Skytree, and New York City’s Central Park Tower, Chrysler Building, and Empire State Building.
The exhibition’s representation of the CN Tower stands at a height of 2.77 metres with 15,211 bricks, and took 83 hours to build.
Altogether, the touring exhibition, curated by Sydney Living Museums and built by LEGO master builder Ryan McNaught and his team, uses approximately 580,000 LEGO bricks, weighing about 1.5 tons, and took nearly six months of constant construction to complete.
The exhibition is for all ages, and visitors can even create their own architectural structures from over 200,000 loose LEGO bricks in hands-on construction areas scattered around the hall.
There is also an interactive Community Building exhibit that recreates the buildings in and around East False Creek, including Science World and BC Place Stadium. As well, TransLink’s Transport 2050 MicroCity animated 3D model, which was prominently featured at the PNE Fair last summer, is another feature of the exhibition.
When: January 24 to September 7, 2020
Where: Science World — 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online
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