Of all the things that defined my childhood, LEGO will always have a special place in my heart. When I was younger, I spent countless hours happily building all sorts of different structures, ranging from vehicles to structures to entire cities. I even had a running narrative going for everything – every character had a name, and every city had a tale behind it. It inspired a level of creativity in me that few other toys could. If I had the space for it in my current home, I’d bring everything with me from my parent’s place.
For now, I suppose I’ll just have to settle for playing Minecraft – and making plans to attend the new LEGO Visitor’s Center in Billund, Denmark once it’s completed. Helmed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, the building – which broke ground in the region yesterday – looks like it was constructed from a pile of giant-sized Lego bricks. Crowning the structure is a colossal replica of a Lego brick, with rounded skylights on top that will, according to the architect, be recognizable from the sky. The opening ceremony was a simple (but awesome) affair, consisting of several massive ‘cornerstone’ bricks being laid down, all shaped to resemble giant Lego bricks.
Yeah, it won’t be finished for a while. But in the meantime, why not just build your own? It’s doable.
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Well, sort of. See, Ingels apparently used actual LEGO bricks to plan out the structure before submitting the final design; in an interview with Dezeen, he referred to Lego as “The Golden Ratio of architecture.” Awesome, right?
To commemorate his efforts, LEGO’s released a new series of blocks, known as the Lego Architecture Series. Using it, you can build your own replica of the Lego House – or get creative and build something entirely different. After all, creativity’s what Lego is all about, right?
All I know is that I’m definitely putting Denmark on my list of travel destinations once the LEGO House is finally complete. I can’t not visit it.