Take a tour of a Minecraft Skyscraper
Approximately six months ago I convinced a friend to try playing minecraft with me. Like me, he was skeptical about how fun it would be if he were to play it, but then quickly found it to be addicting. I am not sure what it is about minecraft that makes you sit and build for hours on end – but I think that its partially the human need to create things and feel a sense of accomplishment. I will write about that another day though. Today I want to take you on a minecraft tour of the amazing structure he has built over the last six months.
Lets start with an outside view. The front of the skyscraper (for lack of a better word) showcases a staircase to what looks like the first floor – its actually 32 blocks above the ground level foundation. There are also pillars that reach up into the sky where you find a glass covered rooftop garden. The structure reaches over 150 blocks into the air, and that is only the parts that are above ground.
The backside of the structure houses the doors to the ground floor which was the original staging area for the building. There is a staircase that leads to the main floor of the structure- and in the middle of the staircase a railway passes through connecting this building with other buildings in the server’s world. The backside of the structure also holds a symmetrical garden arranged with bushes and trees.
The rooftop garden has a small pool sitting areas, and bushes all illuminated by glowstone. There are many different sources of light. Glowstone is used here for its looks and its utility. Glowstone emits as much light as lava and powered redstone lamps. It also emits as much light as a jack-o-lantern – we will see those used in the next view though. The area is protected from rain and snow by a floating ceiling of glass.
Inside there is a lower level with a vast amount of storage. There is two chests for most types of blocks and other materials found when mining. There is a section for growing potatoes, wheat, carrots, melons, cactus, sugar cane and nether wart. There is a pumpkin farm that harvests all the pumpkins with a push of a button. The farms grow because of the constant source of light from the jack-o-lanterns. There is a hallway that leads to stables – each holding its own animals, cows, pigs, chickens and sheep. There is an individual stable for each color or sheep as well – a never ending source of colored wool.
The interior of the structure has many floors – all with exterior views from floor to ceiling glass walls. Some of the areas are dedicated to sitting areas and others are designed for balcony type views into the interior center of the structure which is an area that reaches from the ground floor to the rooftop garden. The view here shows the sitting area near in the library that shows books from floor to ceiling.
This is an amazing structure with many more features – but the greatest accomplishment is that the structure was made within the restrictions of playing in survival mode. The builder here wasn’t able to use creative mode (which explains the massive harvesting areas in the lower levels) and has mined and crafted all of the blocks (did you notice that the exterior was made of Stone bricks?) That’s why they call it MineCraft!