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The model is based on the student dorm, Tietgenkollegiet, located in Copenhagen.
The dorm was designed by the architects Lundgaard og Tranberg for the Nordea Foundation who had a vision to build a state-of-the-art dorm that could be enjoyed by students for many decades to come. The construction of the building was finished in 2006 and today some 390 students enjoy the vibrant community at the dorm. The dorm has a unique design as it is perfectly round with the common areas facing inwards and the private rooms facing outwards. Today the dorm is owned and operated by the Tietgen Foundation.
I lived at the dorm from 2016-2020 while I was still a student. The building has a special in my heart because of all the great memories and friendships that I got while living there. This is also part of the reason why I decided to build Tietgen in LEGO - as a gesture to the place and a way to show my appreciation for the building and the many good times spent there. At the same time, the dorm was a fun little challenge to build, as it is completely round which demands a careful design.
I believe that Tietgen will make a great LEGO model for a handful of reasons.
First of all, it will be a fun challenge for the enthusiasts who enjoy challenging themselves with a design that is different from the traditional squared designs. The same people will likely enjoy some of the details of the building which I have catered for in my design such as the transparent colored bricks that represent the dorm's colorful curtains, as well as the HVAC system on the roof and the trees in the center of the circle.
Secondly, the model will fit well into the collection of LEGO fans who like to add bespoke architectural designs to their LEGO architect collections.
Finally, the model will make a great LEGO set for all past, current, and future residents of Tietgen who cherish their time at the dorm just as much as I did, and who I am sure would enjoy a LEGO model to help them remember their time at the dorm.
Today, the model is exhibited in the administration of Tietgen which can be found on the ground floor of the dorm.