LEGO is one of the most famous toys in the world. Created in Denmark in 1916, these coloured building bricks have accompanied children for at least four generations of little budding engineers.
Today in Billund, the city where everything originated, a new page in LEGO history has been written. Here the LEGO House was inaugurated, a surprising masterpiece by the visionary BIG studio.
The LEGO House overview highlighting the unique structure. Photo by Kim Christensen.
It is a house made up of several independent areas that seem to have been wedged one on top of the another, like a toy building but on an architectural scale. LEGO House has been envisaged as a place open to all – old and young – and as a space to bring people together freely. This is the reason it is found in the center of a square and the areas put together are overlapping so that inside there is a large lobby that is used as an entrance but also as a public passage open to all the people.
The LEGO House exteriors and rooftop. Photos by Iwan Baan.
Inside the LEGO House there is a historical collection, which is a collection of all LEGO products and a masterpiece gallery made with these colored bricks with all the most interesting constructions (even gigantic). Going up to the last floor you get to the panoramic rooftop with a relaxation area and lots of space where the youngest can play in total safety.
The LEGO House interiors. The colorful tiled staircase resembles the iconic bricks. Photos by Iwan Baan.
Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner of BIG, said: “LEGO House is a literal manifestation of the infinite possibilities of the LEGO brick. Through systematic creativity, children of all ages are empowered with the tools to create their own worlds and to inhabit them through play. At its finest – that’s what architecture – and LEGO play – is all about: enabling people to imagine new worlds that are more exciting and expressive than the status quo – and to provide them with the skills to make them reality. This is what children do every day with LEGO bricks – and this is what we have done today at LEGO House with real bricks, taking Billund a step closer towards becoming the Capital for Children. For the most tenacious collectors: the miniature LEGO House kit is already for sale!”