[ArchiAnime Anecdotes]: Literal Lego House

Hey hey hey! I’m back with more fun Architectural content!

Today’s feature is a bit of a fun post! How many of you played with Legos as a kid? Ah the imagination of a kid with legos! Did you ever build a house that you wanted to live in one day? What is this? A center for ants? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read… if they can’t even fit inside the building? If you got that quote, you win major brownie points.

Imagine your lego house being put under an enlarging ray! That’s exactly what Danish Architect Bjarke Ingles did at his firm BIG.

image by Kim Christensen via ArchDaily

Article: LEGO House / BIG

BIG is one of those star-chitects I’ve talked about in the past (Thom Mayne). and one of the influencers in my architectural career. This firm takes fun to another level as showcased by their lego house. They’ve re-imaged the modernist white box in this project, by stacking in and adding splashes of colors here and there while also adding a myriad of textures to break up the flat surfaces. It’s almost more sculptural in this sense. I don’t know about you but I think I’m going to add this to my bucket list of places to see!

Here’s some footage from before it’s completion: LEGO Drone Footage.

BIG tends to think outside the box and can be quite literal with their designs and their shapes. Yet, it works! Here’s a little bit about the design, taken from the article:

BIG’s architecture emerges out of a careful analysis of how contemporary life constantly evolves and changes. Not least due to the influence from multicultural exchange, global economical flows and communication technologies that all together require new ways of architectural and urban organization. We believe that in order to deal with today’s challenges, architecture can profitably move into a field that has been largely unexplored. A pragmatic utopian architecture that steers clear of the petrifying pragmatism of boring boxes and the naïve utopian ideas of digital formalism. Like a form of programmatic alchemy we create architecture by mixing conventional ingredients such as living, leisure, working, parking and shopping. By hitting the fertile overlap between pragmatic and utopia, we architects once again find the freedom to change the surface of our planet, to better fit contemporary life forms.


What did you think of the LEGO House? Fun? Terrible? Penny for your thoughts?

4 thoughts on “[ArchiAnime Anecdotes]: Literal Lego House

  1. I’d be more interested to see the floor plan, and learn how it works – three, four, five years down the road. We don’t live and work on the outside of the building. Buildings are ultimately the framework of the machinery whereby we live our lives. If the frame isn’t well designed, then the gears jam rather than turn and mesh smoothly.

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    1. Ohh maybe I’ll have to edit the post with a discussion of the interior and it’s floor plan more. They were also pretty interesting to look at. And yes sometimes architects forget about what goes on inside of the building and the space planning because they’re too driven to focus on what’s on the exterior.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

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