This Map is an entry in the completed Skyscraper Solo Minecraft Project Contest.

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Classical Skyscraper

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Level 69 : High Grandmaster Dinosaur

My skyscraper for the contest is inspired by ancient Roman and Greek buildings. I started with the question of "what if they knew how to build skyscrapers back then?".

The initial idea was to create a skyscraper which could fit some of the most commonly known public places from these classical cultures into one building. With a forum, bath house, several temples, a marketplace and an arena!


I'm not a builder. This is the first time I ever built something this big, and it took a lot of figuring out. It's the first time I made good use of World-Edit while building. The first part of this build was one of the pillars, inspired by Greek Ionic pillars.

Classical Skyscraper Minecraft Map

When I had a good size picked for the pillars, I started with a big circle and placed them around it. I went on from there. :D

In the process of creating this build I had one major set-back. I had the skyscraper almost finished when I made a fatal World-Edit related mistake which caused my skyscraper to be gone entirely, and I took Phrozen's entire server down in the process. (Well done, me! -_-') Luckily the world-save with everyone else's builds was fine, but my skyscraper was gone for good!

Here's a screenshot of the first version of my skyscraper from right before I managed to make it disappear:

Classical Skyscraper Minecraft Map

Though, I did not give up, and started rebuilding the skyscraper in a new single-player world that same evening. And I think it turned out even better the second time around, since I was already able to fix some mistakes I had made in the first version of my build.

The trickiest part about this build for me was learning how to make good use of World-Edit, and to make round shapes and arches work in a very cubic world. Especially the stairs were hard to get right! I'm quite pleased with the final results, though I was not able to include all of my initial interior ideas.

The Skyscraper

The skyscraper ended up with a ground floor with a bath/pool, 9 middle floors and a Colosseum-inspired gladiator arena on top. The arena has a hidden entrance under the seating which leads to some beds and cells for gladiators and/or wild animals, zombies or other hostile mobs! Could this be a good spleef arena?

There is a big glass circle in each floor, allowing sunlight to light most of the building. This is inspired by a so-called oculus, "eye of the gods" which some old Roman temples including the Pantheon have.

Classical Skyscraper Minecraft Map


The first few screenshots were made using Sonic Ether's Unbelievable Shaders. This wasn't easy, since I work on a 6 years old laptop which does not work well with shaders in Minecraft. I touched up the first two screenshots in Photoshop. All the other screenshots were taken in vanilla Minecraft with the base texture pack.

If anyone would help me with any additional fancy screenshots/renders that would be greatly appreciated! :D


A big thank you to PMC members Phrozenbit, Tizona and Vovalium for giving advice and feedback throughout the building process.

And apologies to Phrozen and all the members on the RedSignal server for almost corrupting the entire world-save with my stupid World-Edit derps. Won't happen again! ^_^' (The reason I was building on the server in the first place is because I wanted to be around in case anyone needed my help creating regions and adding new members.)

Anyway, thank you for reading! I hope you enjoy viewing this build more than I did the process of making it (the heartbreak when I realized it was gone ;-;). I'm glad I was able to upload a finished skyscraper in time for the contest! :D
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08/28/2018 8:21 pm
Level 42 : Master Architect
ArchiGa avatar
As a lover of the greek/roman architecture this is very inspiring for me, the idea of stacking, one the other, some traditional Roman buildings is very original.

I only say that external arches are not proportionated, they are low.
According to the theory of proporzions, the height of an arch has to be about widht × 1,6 for the Golden ratio (or at most × 2) semicircle included.
08/29/2018 1:36 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Dinosaur
DinowCookie avatar
Thank you for your comment :) I am glad you like the concept of my skyscraper.

I am well aware of the rules of proportions in Greek and Roman architecture but I chose to not take them into account for my build, because I am a beginner builder and I wanted to take inspiration only. ^_^

Though, I did consider it, and I agree that this skyscraper would've been much better had I used these principles.
08/27/2018 11:58 am
Level 48 : Master Enderdragon
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Wow... this is absolutely AMAZING! :DD
08/27/2018 1:37 pm
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Dinosaur
DinowCookie avatar
Thank you! :D
08/27/2018 9:07 am
Level 45 : Master Skinner
WilliamJT avatar
Love it!
08/27/2018 9:13 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Dinosaur
DinowCookie avatar
Thank you :D
08/27/2018 2:23 am
Level 58 : Grandmaster Kitten
Purrfectionist avatar
I'm glad you got this finished despite the problems! looks great! :D
08/27/2018 9:13 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Dinosaur
DinowCookie avatar
Thank you ^_^ appreciate the support. I was highly motivated to get it done still.
08/26/2018 9:51 pm
Level 63 : High Grandmaster Lad
RevChuckles avatar
Ohhh I do really love this!!
08/27/2018 9:13 am
Level 69 : High Grandmaster Dinosaur
DinowCookie avatar
Thank you :D glad you do!
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