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The Latest LEGO® Architecture Set: The U.S. Capitol Building

11:00 - 15 August, 2016
The Latest LEGO® Architecture Set: The U.S. Capitol Building, Courtesy of LEGO®
Courtesy of LEGO®

LEGO® has unveiled the newest kit in their Architecture series: The U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Originally designed by architect William Thornton in 1793, the building has gone through several iterations, including the addition of its iconic white, cast-iron, neoclassical dome in 1866. The 1,032 piece LEGO® set portrays the building in its current form, with its “striking white, columned façade with its famous steps and lawns.”  The kit also features a removable dome, which, when lifted off, reveals “a detailed interior depicting the famous National Statuary Hall, complete with columns, statues and tiled floor.”

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C.F. Møller Designs New Headquarters for LEGO

12:00 - 6 July, 2016
C.F. Møller Designs New Headquarters for LEGO, Courtesy of C.F. Møller
Courtesy of C.F. Møller

Danish firm CF Møller have been tapped by the LEGO Group to design a 52,000 square meter (560,000 square foot) global hub for the company’s headquarters in Billund, Denmark. The design, which draws inspiration from the colored modular bricks for which LEGO is known, will provide new flexible work arrangements and community spaces centered around a brightly lit 4-story atrium, as well as a new public park for the campus.

Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge

12:41 - 28 June, 2016
Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge, Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.
Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.

Let your inner designer out and explore the playful side of architecture at this hands-on program for adults. Join other kids at heart and build amazing structures with BSA Space’s LEGO® collection, while enjoying beer, wine, snacks, and conversation.

LEGO® Releases 4000+ Piece Set to Build Big Ben

12:00 - 19 May, 2016
Courtesy of LEGO®
Courtesy of LEGO®

LEGO® today unveiled “Big Ben” as the company’s newest kit in its Creator series. Aimed at adult LEGO® fans (meaning 16 and older) the 4,163 piece design pays tribute to the engineering and architecture of the 19th century Gothic Revival clock tower adjoining the Palace of Westminster and Elizabeth Tower. Highlighting the set’s complexity, LEGO® has outlined the its unique features, including “detailed facade with statues, shields and windows, and a clock tower with 4 adjustable clock dials and a removable roof allowing access to the belfry, plus buildable exterior elements including a sidewalk, lawn and a tree depicting the building’s location.” Big Ben measures over 23 inches (60 centimeters) tall and will be available to purchase on July 1, 2016.

Brick by Brick LEGO Exhibition on Display at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

12:00 - 23 April, 2016
Brick by Brick LEGO Exhibition on Display at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, Fallingwater. Image © J.B. Spector
Fallingwater. Image © J.B. Spector

Brick by Brick features a spectacular collection of more than a dozen LEGO-built structures of engineering marvels, constructed by LEGO Certified Professional and Chicago native, Adam Reed Tucker. These model structures include:

  • • A 60-foot-long Golden Gate Bridge
  • • The Hoover Dam, made with 42,000 bricks
  • • The American Eagle roller coaster from Six Flags Great America, and it even operates!
  • • The Roman Colosseum, whose oval structure was designed more than a dozen times to get it right
  • • A 9-feet-tall Burj Khalifa

Egyptian Pyramids. Image © J.B. Spector Colosseum. Image © J.B. Spector St. Louis Arch. Image © J.B. Spector Golden Gate Bridge. Image © J.B. Spector +16

Cambridge Science Festival Family Design Day: Imagine Boston with LEGO® Bricks

18:08 - 1 April, 2016
Cambridge Science Festival Family Design Day: Imagine Boston with LEGO® Bricks, Image: Mike Lawrie.
Image: Mike Lawrie.

As part of the Cambridge Science Festival, discover the art and science of architecture and city planning. Find out what Boston might look like in 2030, and imagine new modes of transportation and vibrant places for “live, work, and play”! Explore how architects and urban planners apply notions of sustainability, transportation, housing, parks, and open space in their work, and share your thoughts on how to make the city more beautiful, resilient, and equitable. Lastly, bring your own fantastic ideas to life using LEGO® bricks, and present them to your design buddies.

Arndt Schlaudraff's Lego Creations Re-Imagine Renowned Architecture

08:00 - 28 March, 2016
Arndt Schlaudraff's Lego Creations Re-Imagine Renowned Architecture, via Instagram
via Instagram

At last year’s inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, one of the celebrated exhibits was Architecture is Everywhere by Sou Fujimoto Architects, in which the firm used everyday items like staples, boxes, potato chips, rocks, and ping pong balls, coupled with scaled human figures to posit new architectural forms. Operating with the philosophy that “architecture is first found and then made,” the project expresses the firm’s belief that we need not look to typical sources for bold thinking on the formal possibilities of architecture.

Building on this philosophy and using only the white-brick Legos from the company’s Studio Architecture kit, Berlin-based artist Arndt Schlaudraff has created a series of constructions that emulate real-world precedents, but lack their materiality and color. The results are sterilized, scaleless forms restricted by the orthogonality of the interlocking brick forms. These stripped Brutalist and Modernist buildings morph into white-washed facsimiles which allow us to see many recognizable projects with a set of fresh eyes. Posting the completed projects on Instagram, Schlaudraff has reimagined icons like the Tate Modern, Alejandro Aravena’s Innovation Center UC, and the Barcelona Pavilion of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, interspersing them with his own creations and adding another layer of reality distortion to that which is already enabled by the Legos.

The Art of Architecture: LEGO Sculptures by Adam Reed Tucker, with Photographs by J. Hunt Harris II

14:00 - 27 February, 2016
The Art of Architecture: LEGO Sculptures by Adam Reed Tucker, with Photographs by J. Hunt Harris II, © Figge Art Museum
© Figge Art Museum

Architect Adam Reed Tucker’s LEGO® models of architectural landmarks are currently on display at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa. Featuring everything from the Empire State Building to the Burj Khalifa, the models are built using only the “simplest bricks and hinges.”

Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge

17:30 - 4 February, 2016
Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge

Let your inner designer out and explore the playful side of architecture at this hands-on program for adults. Join other kids at heart and build amazing structures with BSA Space’s LEGO® collection, while enjoying beer, wine, snacks, and conversation.

New LEGO® Collection Lets You Recreate Skylines

12:00 - 11 December, 2015
New York City. Image © LEGO®
New York City. Image © LEGO®

Venice, Berlin and New York City are the first to be featured in LEGO®'s new Architecture Skyline Collection. Unlike its single-building series, these new kits will allow you to recreate famous skylines by constructing up to 5 of each city's most iconic buildings. 

New York City's skyline will be represented by the One World Trade Center, Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Statue of Liberty, and Flatiron Building. Venice will feature the Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Campanile, St. Theodore and the Winged Lion of St. Mark, and the Bridge of Sighs. And Berlin's skyline will include the Reichstag, Victory Column, Deutsche Bahn Tower, Berlin TV Tower, and Brandenburg Gate.

Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge

07:00 - 16 October, 2015
Happy Hour Design Studio: LEGO® Challenge, Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.
Image: Screenshot from Lego Movie.

Let your inner designer out and explore the playful side of architecture at this hands-on program for adults. Join other kids at heart and build amazing structures with BSA Space’s LEGO® collection, while enjoying beer, wine, snacks, and conversation. This month’s session is inspired by Canstruction’s 2015 theme: get inspired by Boston!

Build a Life-Size LEGO Structure with these Modular Plastic Blocks

14:00 - 28 August, 2015
via Wired
via Wired

LEGO enthusiast Arnon Rosan has created a full-scale, interlocking "LEGO" block that allows users to quickly assemble life-size structures. The LEGO-like "EverBlock" is a modular system of polypropylene blocks with raised lugs that can be stacked to form furniture, installations or even emergency shelters. As Wired reports, the blocks come in 14 colors, three sizes - full (one-foot-long), half (six-inches), and quarter (three-inches) - and vary in weight from a quarter to two pounds.

"Each module is designed to connect easily with the parts above and below, using a pressure fit which creates a strong link between blocks. Because of its unique lug system, you can stagger EverBlocks in 3" increments, to create all types of patterns," says EverBlock.

How to Become a LEGO® Architect

09:30 - 26 July, 2015
How to Become a LEGO® Architect, Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press

Admit it: you have a secret LEGO® stash somewhere. Before you had even considered becoming an architect, you had already built cities, developed housing, and mastered the art of using every last brick, no matter the size. You may think you've outgrown your favorite toy, but we have the perfect book to turn your childhood LEGO® collection into a legitimate (and seriously fun) adult pastime. The LEGO® Architect by Tom Alphin brings the best of playtime to the forefront of design through a visual story of the history of building, infused by models made entirely of LEGO®. 

Find out to build your own neoclassical dome, or Frank Lloyd Wright's trademark Prairie House, or even the iconic Lever House by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill using the simplest of LEGO® components! Enter the world of The LEGO® Architect, where little white bricks can do anything with a little ingenuity and some architectural know-how. 

LEGO@ Villa Pennisi in Musica

19:30 - 24 July, 2015
LEGO@ Villa Pennisi in Musica, Press Pictures - photo by Tiziana Portera and Daniele Lancia - LEGO models by Gridshell.it
Press Pictures - photo by Tiziana Portera and Daniele Lancia - LEGO models by Gridshell.it

A theatre destroyed by a fire, a unique architecture workshop, a classical music festival and a creative challenge. Can architects design a structure to amplify the sound and put the music back in the theatre? LEGO Architecture Studio is helping out.

Bjarke Ingels: "Denmark Has Become an Entire Country Made Out of LEGO®"

17:05 - 30 June, 2015

"In a matter of speaking, Denmark has become an entire country made out of LEGO®," says Bjarke Ingels. Speaking of the importance of prefab in Denmark and how LEGO® inspired his first BIG project - the "LEGO® Towers," which ultimately landed him a commission to design the LEGO® House - Bjarke Ingels discusses his favorite childhood toy and how it has helped him become a better architect.

The clip is part of the documentary, A LEGO Brickumentary which will hit theaters July 31. 

LEGO Invests $150 Million in Sustainable Materials Research

11:30 - 17 June, 2015
LEGO recently made architecture news with their BIG-designed "LEGO House," a museum and "experience center". Image Courtesy of LEGO Group
LEGO recently made architecture news with their BIG-designed "LEGO House," a museum and "experience center". Image Courtesy of LEGO Group

LEGO has long been recognized by architects as a key inspiration in the world of creative building - but the Danish toy company's influence over the construction industry may be about to get a whole lot more direct. Yesterday, LEGO announced the establishment of its own sustainable materials research center, with an investment of 1 billion Danish Krone ($150 million US), which will search to find sustainable alternatives to the plastic used in their products and packaging.

Inside studioMET’s Studio for LEGO Artist Sean Kenney

08:00 - 26 May, 2015
Inside studioMET’s Studio for LEGO Artist Sean Kenney, © Chaunté Vaughn
© Chaunté Vaughn

With a budget of less than $250,000, studioMET Architects was tasked with transforming a 4,000-square-foot parking garage with a leaky roof and no plumbing, gas or electricity, into a modern and open studio space for LEGO artist Sean Kenney.

Due to Kenney’s constantly changing scale of work, which can range from a life-sized sculpture to a celebrity portrait, the studio needed to have a flexible workspace. The result is a front area -- containing a desk, lounge and kitchenette -- that can be easily transformed into a loading dock. The workspace also includes a video/stop animation studio and woodshop as well as a storage room for sculptures. 

View photos of the studio space in Brooklyn after the break.

© Chaunté Vaughn © Chaunté Vaughn © Chaunté Vaughn © Chaunté Vaughn +29

Olafur Eliasson To Bring LEGO Installation "The Collectivity Project" To The High Line

16:00 - 25 May, 2015
Olafur Eliasson To Bring LEGO Installation "The Collectivity Project" To The High Line, The Collectivity Project on view at the 3rd Tirana Biennale, Albania, in 2005. Photo © Olafur Eliasson. Courtesy the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Image via art.thehighline.org
The Collectivity Project on view at the 3rd Tirana Biennale, Albania, in 2005. Photo © Olafur Eliasson. Courtesy the artist; neugerriemschneider, Berlin; and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. Image via art.thehighline.org

As part of their series of "Panorama" exhibits being presented this year, Friends Of The High Line have announced that they will host Olafur Eliasson's installation, "The Collectivity Project" from May 29th until September 30th this year on the High Line at West 30th Street. The installation, which has previously traveled to Tirana, Oslo, and Copenhagen, features an interactive imaginary cityscape made of over two tons of white LEGO bricks, with visitors invited to design, build and rebuild new structures as they see fit.

In a twist to the installation's usual presentation, High Line Art has invited high-profile architects who are working in the vicinity of the High Line to contribute one "visionary" LEGO design for the installation's opening, with BIG, David M. Schwarz Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, James Corner Field Operations, OMA New York, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Selldorf Architects, SHoP, and Steven Holl Architects all contributing one building which the public will then be able to adapt, extend or work around.