03/27/2013 04:48 pm ET

Lego Marina City: IIT Student Rocco Buttliere Shrinks Landmark Towers

THE LOOP — Reduced to a fraction of their actual size, the building components of Chicago's iconic Marina City towers might be about the size of Lego pieces.

So the mixed-use residential and commercial building at 300 N. State St. was a perfect candidate for first-year architecture student Rocco Buttliere's latest project: a precise replica of the towers and neighboring buildings to add to his collection of landmark reconstructions.

Buttliere has been recreating famous buildings from around the world since he first started tinkering with the popular toy in 2009. He's since built 25 precise replicas, 13 of them Chicago buildings.

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