Toy fanatic builds a house from LEGO

  • 31 Aug 2009
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I guess you could build a house with practically any material. But I never thought you could actually build one from pieces. So James May, a toy fanatic from the surprised me, by building a real house from one of my favorite toys as a child.

The two-story Lego palace is located in the middle of a vineyard and has a working bathroom. James used bricks pieced together by 272 Legos. Over three million bricks were used so that’s about 816 million Lego pieces. Quite an amazing job.

Seen at Geeksugar. More images after the break.

Cite: Jordana, Sebastian. "Toy fanatic builds a house from LEGO" 31 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
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  • Enran

    That is pretty awesome. LEGO was a part of my life since a very early age and I think that it should be a part of any budding architect’s childhood. I am happy to see it used in a REAL LIFE building. I just think that it could have been used in a more creative way. LEGO is basically a mass produced prefabricated modular system… could be interesting to see what the limits are

    • geoff

      totally agree, using lego to build a house would hopefully result in something a little more creative.

      atleast the building could be more expressive of its material, for example, the words, “J.MAY ’09″

  • Filipe (colombia)


    isso é realmente surpreendente!

  • richie


  • Blake

    Looks pretty real, but 816 million Lego? That’s going to be VERY expensive. More power to him if he actually did it, but seriously, that’s a lot of money invested in Lego bricks.

  • Blake

    Ok, this post on Geeksugar makes it more realistic – 816 million Lego seems downright impossible, but 3.6 million…

    “Your maths is a little over-enthusiastic; my son & I helped with the original “brick build” & were told by the organisers that they had 3.5 million pieces in total…. We’ve been back to see it this week, it’s nearly finished & well worth a look!”

  • Robert

    Do you think Lego provided him the blocks? I mean…its free publicity for them…

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  • Arthur Francisco

    Very funny… until it needs some changes. Can you imagine how hard it would be to add a window? Besides, does LEGO behaves well at hot temperatures and sun exposure? We would not like to see a melt-lego house…

    • Nigel Footpowder

      @Arthur Francisco:

      what do you mean we, kemosabe? I would LOVE to see a melting lego house.

    • Rob Durdle

      Renovations would be easy, get a soldering gun, or hot blade cutter, cut your hole quickly, and chisel away the left over melted bricks..

  • givenchy

    doesn’t the UK have child labor laws?

  • ambi

    This is for a BBC TV show. The guy James May is a presenter for the motoring show Top Gear. He has a new programme and this is for that show, and it is not permanent, he stayed in it for a few days.

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  • Sebastian Casals

    Interesting Job, but – Can u imagine a Lego Wall in a hot Summer?. Do u think those little air-cell inside each Lego piece can work?.
    and the plumbing or electrical parts? are fully working?
    Hope Mr.May can tell us his amazing experience.

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  • raymond

    way to go james! i wonder if the stig come and play at your house.. be sure to put it on the show :D

  • INawe

    So when do we get to come over to destroy their house just like every lego building I built growing up? ;)

    • XXue

      That’s good idea~~heihei

  • kasko

    jaja those big red bricks are funny

  • The Author

    Two words: UV degradation. Enjoy it while it lasts.

    • jjvors

      True, but–have you ever lived in the UK? There are clouds there–lots of them. Also, take a look at a map. The UK goes from 45 degrees of latitude to almost 60. That’s an angle of incidence that cuts down on UV–especially the 9 non-summer months.

      Finally, as other commenters have noted, maintenance can be done with with a hot blade knife and a glue gun. I don’t think UV will be a problem for this house.

    • jr

      visit it is en California

    • Ivan

      LEGO plastic is UV resistant!

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  • Athos

    This would be funny…playing with PLAYMOBIL into the LEGO house! Anyway, its like a dream of every creative child(but it could have been built in a more interesting way, I think)

  • AngelConde

    Crazy but looks pretty :)

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  • Mike

    This is very cool. Very cool indeed!

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