From Lego to Architecture

When we write about architectural toys it is almost impossible not to mention Lego bricks as a typical example, even if this connection is not so clear and direct as happen in other toys. More recently, specifically with the Lego Architecture series, Lego get quite closer to architecture but always following the direction from real building to toy constructions. In a old post about the japanese architect Takefumi Aida, I already write about THE inverse process that started in a toy construction set in order to design real building, but it is a rare example. 

Some time ago I found another example by the famous office BIG studio that recently designed a Lego House. Indeed “For me the LEGO brick embodies the notion of systematic creativity – that the rigour and rationality of the LEGO brick allows children of all ages infinite possibilities to create their own worlds and to inhabit them through play,” Said Bjarke Ingels. “We have been inspired by the modularity of the LEGO brick to create the LEGO House. It will appear like a cloud of interlocking LEGO bricks that form spaces for exploration and exhibition for its visitors within. On the outside the pile of bricks form the roof of a new covered square as well as a mountain of interconnected terraces and playgrounds.

Source: Stott, Rory. "Bjarke Ingels Lays Foundation Brick at LEGO House" 19 Aug 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 20 Aug 2014. <>

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