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jduartemiller
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To celebrate getting to 400 subscribers, i am hosting a Speed Build Contest. If you are interested, you should check it out.

This is Echo Tower. It was a project i did for one of my studios back in 2012. The project was to design an apartment building in Portland, Oregon, had to have a minimum of 60 units, and had to incorporate habitats for bats in the design. My design called for an expansion on the program by incorporating shops, a gym, and other facilities on the first 3 floors, and the linking member between the 4-6 floors, and then 124 units on two towers. Linked on every third floor (as the units arrangement allowed for a corridor every 3 floors) are bridges that link the two towers between the 7-29th floors. On the 30-36 floors are larger apartments, and on the 37-39 floors are penthouses. The tower's bridges have bat habitats underneath them, and they are elevated high enough not to be disturbed by the sounds of the city or by people.

my intent with this project and the expansion on the program was to create a building that acted as a beacon of what a skyscraper should be. It not only contained numerous green systems like a double skin (allowing for natural ventilation, and the aperture between the towers also facilitates natural ventilation), insulated glass, active shading, water reclamation, and more, but it also would have been the first tower to consciously integrate wildlife into the design (as bats tend to move throughout the city during the evening and early morning). I wanted this to be something grand to make a statement in a city that has always been conscious of the environment. The tower is 143m tall, so it would be the fourth tallest building in Portland if it was build.

The minecraft version is an updated design of the original, most notably, the top of the tower has been altered to balance with the bottom shape. The tower still has the diagrid pattern, but i was unable to do the double skin facade the project had. It is also taller, at 169m, and has 41 floors, rather than the original 39. On the roof of the south tower (the shorter one) is a rooftop infinity pool. The tower is located in the South Peninsula of the City.

I included images of the render, the physical model, and the initial sketch.

Dimensions:
Tower: 31 x 41 x 170
Total: 49 x 64 x 170 (including surrounding land)

Using High Rossferry City Texture Pack
Thank you Darkone55

Creative Commons License
Echo Tower by jduartemiller is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

Additional Notes

I just want to thank everyone for getting this on the popular reel. It means a lot to me to see one of my studio projects get such high recognition and wonderful comments from you all.

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Progress: 100% Complete
Tags:Skyscraper, Tower, Echo, Building, Two, Split, Bridge, Bats, Apartment, Land, Structure, Land Structure

Update #1 : 01/20/2014 5:01:10 am1/20/14

Fixed the issue with the stairs. Hopefully there aren't any other problems

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Awesome!
  • Engitly
  • Level 1
  • New Crafter
  • August 18, 2014, 2:07 am
Holy Mother of Lord this is amazing, can I use this map for a Youtube series?
  • jduartemiller
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • August 18, 2014, 7:49 am
Thank you for the compliment. Yes, you may use this under the condition that you give me credit for the build in the description of the video, and you send me the link when it is up on youtube
You are an amazing builder!
  • jduartemiller
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • June 28, 2014, 9:03 pm
Thank you :)
umm.. sorry this is kind of a stupid question xD


is it just one building or several, cos there are a few buildings in the screenshot
thanks and amazing build btw :D
nevermind that was just me being silly :P
  • jduartemiller
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • March 9, 2014, 11:57 am
i take it you got your answer. It's just part of a larger project
  • SlayyOkay
  • Level 22
  • Expert Cake
  • March 1, 2014, 3:58 pm
Ya gotta love it!
  • Dirt Blocks
  • Level 14
  • Journeyman Cake
  • January 24, 2014, 4:36 pm
Great build
  • Myrdden
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • January 19, 2014, 6:45 pm
Could I ask how you are manifesting architectural sketches in this game? I've never seemed to be able to.

This is a really well designed building. I'd be cool to see this constructed.
  • jduartemiller
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • January 19, 2014, 11:11 pm
Thank you. it all started from the sketch, but i built several study models of this tower, and finally built a very detailed model in Rhino (you can see my render as the last image). So i understood this building very well because i had spent so much time on it.
  • Myrdden
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • January 20, 2014, 12:41 pm
Hm. I guess it's just difficult to make complex angles and such when you're restricted to 1m by 1m objects.
Perfectum praesertim est! It's really Perfect!
  • Wargroy
  • Level 39
  • Artisan Sailor
  • January 19, 2014, 3:49 pm
You are genius, man! That's AWESOME!
  • Moargun
  • Level 26
  • Expert Creeper Hugger
  • January 19, 2014, 4:17 am
This looks awesome. Can I use it in a cinematic?
  • XLukeMinerX
  • Level 1
  • New Explorer
  • January 19, 2014, 3:13 am
Awesome! *.*
  • Aurae
  • Level 40
  • Master Network
  • January 19, 2014, 12:08 am
This is amazing. It really does look extremely original and shows great architectural ability. The description you added really explained everything well. I'm not a fan of modern/skyscraper builds, but this truly is original and a work of art. Great work!
  • Wogzzie
  • Level 37
  • Artisan Architect
  • January 18, 2014, 7:44 pm
I have no idea what to say to this, It's so Fudge-in' awesome.
  • DivineMedicus
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • January 18, 2014, 11:10 am
You are actually like....so amazing at skyscrapers, in fact, you are the BEST at skyscrapers
Awesome ! :D
  • Lickerr
  • Level 26
  • Expert Grump
  • January 18, 2014, 8:24 am
Do u have a city full of skyscrapers
  • jduartemiller
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • January 18, 2014, 8:59 am
At the moment, yes. Most of the buildings are high-rises, maybe only four or five are below 60m. But this is all for the New Quarter, which is meant to be a dense metropolis inspired by major cities of the world.
  • Lickerr
  • Level 26
  • Expert Grump
  • January 18, 2014, 10:29 am
Is there a download
  • jduartemiller
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • January 18, 2014, 12:33 pm
There will be at some point, but not for a few months. You can check the progress under my City project. I usually update the map every couple of weeks to show where i am in it
  • Shellyasdf
  • Level 1
  • New Miner
  • January 18, 2014, 8:22 am
There are some very elementary mistakes with the stairs. Otherwise, it's very good.
  • jduartemiller
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • January 18, 2014, 8:52 am
Sorry about that, apparently i moved something in my editor and didn't catch the mistake. I'll try to fix that when i can. Thank you for telling me
  • Bramboss
  • Level 38
  • Artisan Slime Tamer
  • January 18, 2014, 8:12 am
Looks really good, keep up the good work ;D
  • Ryer
  • Level 52
  • Grandmaster Architect
  • January 18, 2014, 8:08 am
...

danget! im in the middle of helping servers before i can upload again! but man you must have some time!
  • jduartemiller
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • January 18, 2014, 9:12 am
I had a little, and it helps me relax.
  • mikeyto1o
  • Level 90
  • Overlord Creator
  • January 18, 2014, 5:59 am
beautiful
Wonderful!
  • Gray_Player
  • Level 28
  • Expert Nerd
  • January 18, 2014, 4:25 am
Amazing as always :) Love your ideas!
  • Lickerr
  • Level 26
  • Expert Grump
  • January 18, 2014, 4:20 am
How do u make these so fast
  • jduartemiller
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • January 18, 2014, 4:21 am
MCEdit, and, for this project, a particularly good understanding of the building
  • GGJ16
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • January 18, 2014, 3:58 am
Looks amazing !
  • jduartemiller
  • Level 60
  • High Grandmaster Architect
  • January 18, 2014, 4:00 am
Thanks. I was very happy with this project. I'm glad i was finally able to build it in minecraft
  • GGJ16
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • January 18, 2014, 4:47 am
This city is going to be beautiful as shit :D
  • Olly
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • January 18, 2014, 8:18 am
i didn't know shit was beautiful. xD
  • GGJ16
  • Level 61
  • High Grandmaster Mountaineer
  • January 18, 2014, 8:22 am
Dr Slump's pink shit is GORGEOUS.
  • Olly
  • Forum Moderator
  • Level 1
  • New Network
  • January 18, 2014, 8:41 am
oh that is a gorgeous shit

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