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.
The new construction will contain offices for a large portion of LEGO’s Danish-based employees, while also serving as a facility to welcome guests and LEGO employees from around the world. To foster interaction between these different groups, the building is designed to be open, with plenty of points where spontaneous meetings can occur. The new atrium will serve as the connection point for the facility, where wide curving staircases are shared by employees and guests as they move throughout the building.
LEGO-familiar motifs and elements have been employed throughout the complex, including round skylight apertures in the atrium reminiscent of holes in a LEGO block and facade panels that evoke the blocks’ stud pattern. The iconic LEGO yellow is featured throughout the interiors and as a pop of color on the building’s exterior.
Another feature of the new office building will be the LEGO People House, an area containing “playspace” facilities as suggested by input from LEGO employees.
“LEGO People House creates a unique social environment that serves as a vibrant, global gathering point, not only for the employees working there on a daily basis but also for the many LEGO employees from the rest of the world, when they visit Billund. It will house exciting facilities, where employees can be physically active and socialize, both during and outside working hours. It is our clear intent that the atmosphere will be both informal and inspirational, making it ideal for employees to get together with colleagues from around the world,” explains Claus Flyger Pejstrup, Senior Vice President at the LEGO Group, and responsible for the LEGO Group Headquarters in Denmark.
In addition to the facility’s progressive workplace design, the building also strives for progressive environmental practices; the structure has been oriented to provide optimal daylighting conditions for the office space and will be constructed to meet low-energy consumption standards. To embrace the surrounding community, the new park will be integrated into the master plan for Billund Municipality.
“In close collaboration with LEGO and employees, we have ensured that the project radiates openness, quality and sustainability - all key LEGO values,” says Klaus Toustrup, partner at CF Møller.