the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. News
  3. This World Record Breaking Bridge is Made Entirely from LEGO

This World Record Breaking Bridge is Made Entirely from LEGO

This World Record Breaking Bridge is Made Entirely from LEGO
This World Record Breaking Bridge is Made Entirely from LEGO, © Matt Oliver/ICE via Interesting Engineering
© Matt Oliver/ICE via Interesting Engineering

It’s a project out of every architect’s childhood fantasy: a 100 foot (31 meter) long suspension bridge, constructed completely out of LEGO.

Envisioned as part of the ongoing Bridge Engineering exhibition at London’s Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), the massive bridge utilized over 250,000 individual LEGO bricks in shattering the World Record for the longest LEGO suspension bridge. Stretching further than the length of three London City Buses end-to-end, the bridge weighs in at over 1,600 lbs (75 kg).

© ICE via Londonist
© ICE via Londonist

The replica of the Severn Bridge, designed by certified LEGO professional Duncan Titmarsh and his company Bright Bricks with consulting from ICE Gold Medalist Dr. Robin Sham, took a team of builders nearly 650 hours to construct. The bridge was first assembled, and the world record broken, at Weydon School’s sports hall in Farnham, Surrey, before being relocated to its place within the Bridge Engineering exhibition.

© Matt Oliver/ICE via Interesting Engineering
© Matt Oliver/ICE via Interesting Engineering
© Matt Oliver/ICE via Interesting Engineering
© Matt Oliver/ICE via Interesting Engineering

“Bridges connect people and places, both physically and emotionally,” said Dr. Sham. “The ICE’s visionary Lego Bridge project connects civil engineers with the public, demonstrating the monumental accomplishments of civil engineering. Using familiar Lego bricks to demystify and showcase the extraordinary feats of engineers, I hope the next generation will be inspired to consider engineering as a career.”

© ICE via Londonist
© ICE via Londonist
© Matt Oliver/ICE via Interesting Engineering
© Matt Oliver/ICE via Interesting Engineering

In addition to the LEGO bridge, the Bridge Engineering exhibition also features a tour of notable bridges throughout British history and an interactive zone that encourages people to design their own bridges. The exhibition will be on display until April 2017.

Check out the video below to see how the LEGO bridge was designed and assembled, and learn more about the event here.

News via ICE, H/T Interesting Engineering, Londonist.

View the complete gallery

About this author
Patrick Lynch
Author
Cite: Patrick Lynch. "This World Record Breaking Bridge is Made Entirely from LEGO" 20 Oct 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/797810/this-world-record-breaking-bridge-is-made-entirely-from-lego/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments