What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Start Spreadin’ the News!




Admit it. 3D-printed things are just cool. Whether they’re prosthetics (my worst article title ever, BTW), or crab shells, or fashion, there’s something immensely satisfying in knowing that an object was created by a computer seemingly out of thin air. These tiles elevate 3D printed stuff to a whole new level.

Microscape is a series of tiles that fit together to make an accurate, up-to-date (as of the printing date) 1:5000 scale replica of Manhattan. The tiles feature every single building in New York City. You can get just the tile that includes a specific building, a particular neighborhood, or the whole island.

The tiles are the result of a collaboration between architects William Ngo of TO+WN Design and Alan Silverman of AJSNY who use aerial scan data to update their map. It started as a cool idea that they weren’t sure was going to catch on, so they launched a Kickstarter campaign in January of 2016 with an $8,000 funding goal. Thirty days, over 1300 pre-ordered models and $103,854 later, Microscape was a go!

The island is broken up into roughly 200 6 x 6 inch square tiles. The full set measures 3.5 feet wide, 12.5 feet long, and 5.5 inches high at its tallest point, One World Trade Center. The team also has plans to cover other major cities across the US and around the world including San Francisco, Boston and Paris. Individual tiles will be $125 each, but you can still pre-order them for $95 each through the end of the year. These would be a great retirement gift, a thoughtful present for someone who moved away, a house warming gift for someone who just moved to the city, or just a memento of someone’s favorite neighborhood. They look great hanging on a wall or resting on a table, and they are waterproof, so they can even be put inside a fish tank!

All images property of Microscape.















Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

8 thoughts on “Start Spreadin’ the News!

  1. Fascinating. Clare loves doing 3D jigsaw puzzles and the whole concept amazes me. Thank you for this.

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  2. What a cool idea! I wouldn’t own one because it looks like something I would go crazy trying to dust but I still appreciate the concept and the look.

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