The BIG LEGO® House Reveal

The LEGO® House / ; Courtesy of The LEGO® Group

The design for BIG’s highly anticipated LEGO® “experience center” – a.k.a. The LEGO® House – has been released! Located in the heart of The Lego Group’s birthplace and home town of , Denmark, the 7,600 square-meter building resembles “gigantic LEGO® bricks” that are “combined and stacked in a creative way to create an imaginative experience both outside and inside.”

True to form, the 30 meter-tall structure will feature several exterior and multi-level access points that will remain open year-long to its estimated 250,000 annual visitors. Aside from its roof-top gardens and 1,900 square-meter public square, attractions will include a series of exhibition areas showcasing the “past, present and future of the LEGO® idea”, a cafe and an unique LEGO® store.

Take a video tour through the building after the break…

Halfdansgade 8 / Danielsen Architecture

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Architects: Danielsen Architecture
Location: , Denmark
Area: 1944.0 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Courtesy of Torben Åndahl, Jersø, Christensen Photography

Terminal Conection / Danielsen Architecture

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Architects: Danielsen Architecture
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Danielsen Architecture
General Contractor: Promecon
Engineer: Moe & Brødsgaard A/S
Area: 4500.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Adam Mørk, Courtesy of Danielsen Architecture

Vinge Masterplan Proposal / EFFEKT + Henning Larsen Architects

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Designed by EFFEKT + Henning Larson Architects, in collaboration with Marianne Levinsen Landscape and Moe consulting engineersVinge is set to be a brand new town planned in the scenic natural surroundings just 30 minutes from . A large project both on the regional and international level, Vinge will house around 10.000 residents and employ 4.000 people. The city will have its own train station and a new highway will take its residents rapidly to and from Copenhagen. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Construction begins on OMA’s Bryghusprojektet in Copenhagen

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OMA has broke ground on a 27,000 square meter, mixed-use development on the banks of Copenhagen’s historic waterfront in the culturally rich Slotsholmen district. Upon its completion in early 2017, Bryghusprojektet will become the new headquarters for the (), while also providing housing, offices, retail, a restaurant, and an urban park. These programs will be stacked over and under the busy Christians Brygge, providing city dwellers direct and uninterrupted access to the water’s edge.

OMA Partner-in-charge Ellen van Loon explained: “Instead of stacking a mixed-use program in a traditional way, we positioned the DAC in the centre of the volume, surrounded by and embedded within its objects of study: housing, offices and parking. The urban routes reach into the heart of the building and create a broad range of interactions between the different program parts and the urban environment.”

More images and the architects’ description after the break…

Vacation House in Henne / Mette Lange Architects

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Architects: Mette Lange Architects
Location: ,
Area: 118 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mette Lange, Anders Linnet

Musholm Bay Holiday Resort Winning Proposal / AART Architects

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AART Architects, in collaboration with URBANlab, Bexcom and Keinicke & Overgaard Architects, have won the competition for the expansion of Musholm Bay Holiday Resort. Located at the beautiful Danish coastline, the resort is acknowledged as the world’s most innovative holiday resort for people with disabilities. The expansion of resort is divided into two sections in the form of a multi-purpose sports hall and a number of new holiday flats. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Henning Larsen Architects Designs New Danish Headquarters for Microsoft

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With a vision to create the “workplace of the future”, developer Danica Pension has teamed up with Henning Larsen Architects, and Alectia to design a state-of-the-art, yet modest Microsoft headquarters in the new urban district of Lyngby, . Unlike many of the recent corporate headquarters making headlines in Silicon Valley, this Danish complex is unique for it’s central urban site and primary goal of serving the community.

HOBRO – ‘A City Finds its Lake’ Winning Proposal / Holscher Arkitekter

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– a city finds its lake, is the 1st prize winning proposal by Holscher Arkitekter and Schønherr which aims to tie the historical center of Hobro to the harbor area. The philosophy behind the strategy is that the urban and landscape spaces are created first, then the streets and at last, the buildings. The architects wish to create a robust frame for a long lasting urban development. A strategy that allows the urban plan to exert itself and be experienced as completed in all phases of the development. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dome of Visions / Kristoffer Tejlgaard + Benny Jepsen

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Architects: Kristoffer Tejlgaard + Benny Jepsen
Location: ,
Construction: NCC
Area: 346.4 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Kristoffer Tejlgaard + Benny Jepsen

BIG Breaks Ground on Faroe Islands Education Centre

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Situated on a hillside in the outskirts of , the capital of the autonomous province of Faroe Islands, the new Marknagil Education Center will seek to “establish synergies” between three educational institutions under one roof. The BIG-designed, 19,200 square meter will provide for more than 1,200 students and 300 teachers by housing the Faroe Islands Gymnasium, Torshavns Technical College and Business College of Faroe Islands in a single building, making it the largest educational building in the country’s history.

More images and the architect’s description after the break…

4B / Holscher Arkitekter

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Architects: Holscher Arkitekter
Location: Copenhagen,
Co Workers: Nils Holscher partner, Claus Sivager partner, Mikkel Nordberg part-ner, Philip Pedersen sagsarkitekt, Maria-Rose Guldbrandsen stud, Thomas Bossel stud
Engineer: Erik K. Jørgensen
Landscaper: Holscher Arkitekter as
Area: 580 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Peter Nørby

Udbetaling Danmark Holstebro / CEBRA

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Architects: CEBRA
Location: Holstebro,
Area: 4,600 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Mikkel Frost

Nordic Built Challenge Finalist Proposal / FORA + Beth Hughes

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FORA and Beth Hughes, with Raul Moura and Tudor Vasiliu, have been selected as one of four finalists for the second phase of the Danish site in the Nordic Built Challenge – an open multidisciplinary design competition for the refurbishment of five buildings one in each Nordic country. Their proposal addresses the Ellebo Housing Estate in , . The estate was built in 1963, and features four buildings for a total size of 20,000m2, enclosing playgrounds, playing fields and green recreational areas. Their challenge was to renovate the existing buildings and outdoor areas, and for 5,000m2 of additional housing. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Roskilde Dome 2012 / Kristoffer Tejlgaard + Benny Jepsen

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Architects: Kristoffer Tejlgaard + Benny Jepsen
Location: , Denmark
Engineer: Henrik Almegaard
Area: 148 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Kristoffer Tejlgaard

4 Lessons the UK Should Take from Denmark

Superkilen masterplan designed by BIG + Topotek1 + Superflex. Image © Iwan Baan

Last week the ’s Culture Minister Ed Vaizey announced that he was commissioning a review of the country’s architecture policy, to be led by Sir Terry Farrell along with a number of high profile advisors, including Thomas HeatherwickAlison Brooks and Alain de Botton. According to Vaizey, the review, expected to be complete by the end of the year, “will be a rallying point for the profession.”

In his article in The Guardian, Olly Wainwright rather hopefully questioned: “might this year-long study result in an innovative new piece of legislative guidance – perhaps along the lines of Denmark’s architecture policy, introduced in 2007?” While Wainwright somewhat flatly concludes, “somehow, that seems unlikely,” there’s no doubt that the UK could only stand to gain from learning from Denmark’s innovative policy.

So what lessons could the UK (and the world) learn from the Danes? Read on after the break…

The Blue Planet / 3XN

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Architects: 3XN
Location: Kastrup, Copenhagen,
Architect In Charge:
Area: 10,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Adam Mõrk

LEGO® Announces BIG Commission

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It’s official! Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG has been commissioned to collaborate with Ralph Appelbaum Associates () and COWI to design the first public LEGO® museum in the company’s hometown of BillundDenmark. The “LEGO® Brand House” and “experience centre” is intended to compliment the non-public “LEGO® Idea House”, which is also located in .

Bjarke Ingles, founder of BIG stated: “It’s going to be looking at LEGO® from all its different aspects—LEGO® as an art form, its cultural impact. When we were doing the research for it [the LEGO® house], we realized, if you would consider it just an art museum, you would be able to fill it with so much user content of such a high quality…it is one of our great dreams at BIG that we are now able to design a building for and with the LEGO® group. I owe a huge personal debt to the LEGO® brick, and I can see in my nephews that its role in developing the child as a creative, thinking, imaginative human being becomes ever stronger in a world in which creativity and innovation are key elements in virtually all aspects of society.”

More on LEGO®’s BIG commission after the break…