09 May 2017

NEXOGON: Shanghai Tower

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Following our run of spaceships utilising the new hexagonal LEGO® part 27255, today Li Li from MOC Recipes returns with a towering example of modern architecture! 

One of the buildings that I’ve always wanted to build is the Shanghai Tower, the world’s second-tallest building after Burj Khalifa. It has a very intriguing twisted shape. I didn’t have a good solution for it — until I saw the Nexogon. It’s perfect for building triangles with concentric centers.

From bottom to top, the triangular sections of the building rotate by a total of about 120 degrees. I divided it up to 15 sections. So each section is rotated by 8 degrees.

To connect different sections together, two Nexogons are stacked together with one hole connecting upwards and one downwards. As Brian has discussed in detail in his post, the center Technic hole has an odd dimension. So for now, a 4-stud height per section is the best that I can come up with.

The end result is very stable when standing still, but quite difficult to transport, as everything rotates.

Triangular parts of the world, Unite!

As a bonus, here are a few random things that I’ve came up with using other triangular parts together with the Nexogon.

Just some of the angles you can build with the Nexogon, especially combined with Technic, Plate Rotor 3 Blade with Smooth Ends and 6 Studs (Design ID 32125):

Bars and clips work really well together, especially combined with the Ninjago weapon holder ring (Element 61093212 | Design ID 20612):

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  1. Is there a Building instruction? Didn't find one. Incredible Building. Would fit perfectly in my custom build architecture series.

  2. I would love to use some experts of this for a report I am doing I hope that would be okay.

    1. Thank you for checking, Roman,. Please contact the original author, Li Li, via his website http://mocrecipes.com/contact-me/