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Author's profile photo Wayne Pau

LEGO model of SAP Waldorf “Stern” Buildings

It all stared with a post on LinkedIn where I asked for input on my next build (aka MOC – my own creation).

One of my former co-op students suggested I do a MOC of downtown a Toronto. Turns out that I had never done a LEGO architecture type build. Ironic because I think I pretty much own a set from almost every LEGO series (but heavily favouring Star Wars and Marvel/DC). As usual, before I really committing to anything I wanted to “dip my toe in” and make a quick test build/prototype.

So I decided to do a LEGO architecture style MOC of a very unique building in Waldorf, WDF18. It is shaped like an asterisk (“*”) with a large circular middle column and six (6) arms or points. I thought this was a good challenge as it was a mix of curved/circular parts and also non-orthogonal parts.

Initial WDF18 Prototype Build

Shortly after experimenting for a evening, I posted a “prototype” on my LinkedIn. I asked my network if they could recognize the build. I was absolutely shocked when in less than a week I had 10,000 views!

Prototype LinkedIn Post

As the views and likes were flooding in I felt obligated to respond. So I committed to try expand the build. In less than a week I had built out WDF19-20-21, two building that had the “star” shape and the atrium that connected them. I have been to SAP HQ in Waldorf, a few hours from Frankfurt many times, but not in the last two years (my last three trips had been to the Potsdam office near Berlin). So I went from memory and a few pics I could find the on web. A weekend afternoon and a few late nights and I had a much bigger build.

Larger WDF19-20-21 MOC

Again my network totally blew away my expectations. While the “prototype” posting had 10,000 views in a week, this posting had 10,000 in 24 hours! (As of this writing it has over 27,000 28,000+ views and  360+ 370+ likes.) At one point it was the top trending posting in #engineering.

Larger MOC LinkedIn Post

I had been asked how long it took me to build it all. The initial prototype was done in a night and took about 3-4 hours? The larger build which is 6 sand-coloured base plates was built in the next week and couldn’t really be more than 21 hours? I still had a full-time job and two young kids, so I was limited to late night and one weekend afternoon. So my best guess is about ~25 hours.

I learned that my LinkedIn network clearly loves LEGO and loves SAP. Below is the latest slightly refactored MOC:

For more information:

Flickr Album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/181958180@N03/albums/72157713228607767

YouTube Video (30s) : https://youtu.be/eGB3fkiJVpo

LEGO blogs: https://legowayne.blogspot.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/waynepau/

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      Author's profile photo Andrew Barnard
      Andrew Barnard

      Wayne,

      This is a wonderful little blog. Thank you for sharing. Perhaps the start of a series of SAP buildings around the world?

      Andrew

      Author's profile photo Michael Keller
      Michael Keller

      Beautiful art work 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

      Author's profile photo Craig Cmehil
      Craig Cmehil

      Totally awesome! Totally one for our "lego builder" thread

       

      Very impressive!!

      Author's profile photo Caroleigh Deneen
      Caroleigh Deneen

      Wow, wow, wow!!!

      Author's profile photo Isabel Sanchez
      Isabel Sanchez

      This is talent.

      Author's profile photo Svea Becker
      Svea Becker

      Wow! This looks just amazing!!!

      Author's profile photo Aditi Shrivastava
      Aditi Shrivastava

      Awesome !!