Big Builders

Welcome to BigBuilders.dk.

This site is about a Group of LEGO entusiasts Building models of architecture by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG).

The initiative for this project was taken by Helgi Toftegaard at Skærbæk Fan Weekend 2016.

A group of LEGO enthusiasts from Denmark, the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan joined forces to build LEGO models of buildings from Denmark, Sweden, the Faroe Islands, Bahamas, Taiwan, China and the United States.

The first exhibition of selected buildings will be in LEGO House from April 20 – May 13, 2018

LEGO House at London Design Museum

The LEGO Model of LEGO House is on exhibition at the Design Museum in London in the period 12 September 2018 – 6 January 2019.

The LEGO model is part of the “Beazley Design of the Year 2018”. Every year since 2008 hundreds of design experts from around the world nominate the most innovative designs from the past 12 months. LEGO HOUSE by BIG is one of the nominated in the architecture category this year. The nominated designs are on display – and the LEGO Model built by Lasse Vestergård represents LEGO HOUSE.

London Design Museum

FAER – Faroe Islands Education Center opens

Just in time for the school year to begin, BIG completes the 19,200m2 education center in the capital city of the Faroe Islands.

The opening for three different schools now gathered under one roof was celebrated with 3500 people from the local area.

The LEGO model of Glasir (FAER) is mounted in a showcase inside the new beautiful building.

Faroe Islands Education Center welcomes more than 1,200 students and 300 teachers in the vortex shaped campus that radiates out towards its surroundings while creating an inner landscape for communal learning.

79&PARK – The final model

The YouTube video below presents the final model, comparing the LEGO version to the visualizations of the actual building. I am very satisfied with the end result.

Below are images with various angles and light. I particularly like the last image imitating the sunset with large shadows.

The professional images were shot at the studios of Trendshots.dk, who specialize in product images for webshops. The pictures below show the process. Each of the final pictures is composed of three images with varying focus and has been cleared of any background noise and clutter.

As can be seen on the picture above, the model sits on top of a turn table which allowed us to take a 360 degree image of the model. Click the image below to see the model turn.

http://360.trendshots.dk/jonas/lego/1.aspx

The model is currently on display in the foyer of LEGO House in Billund alongside all the other buildings in the BIG Builders project. It can be seen in its own display case in the back of the picture.

8-TALLET

Pictures from the exhibition in LEGO House

I have built the 8-house. This is situated in Amager, Denmark, not so far from my home. I ikke to be able to visit the building in real life, when I build it in LEGO.
I had made some “trial and error” building of smaller sections of the building during autumn 2017, but the main work took place from February to April 2018. It was a challanging building to work with and It took some time to understand the building construction. But is has also been an educational process, and I am happy to have been a part of this project.
Trine

2WTC – 2 World Trade Center

Two World Trade Center is finished! 

The model stands roughly 65 cm tall and consists of approximately 8,600 pieces.  At 1:650 scale, it is consistent with all the models in my body of work.
As you can see, the façade of the model consists mostly of transparent elements.  Behind this outer layer, the inside is almost completely made up of medium blue bricks and plates, which give the model its beautiful bluish color, as if it’s reflecting the sky.
 
Each of the six rooftop terraces created by the stacking setbacks of the building are sprinkled with green elements to represent trees and grass.  This gives the model a very organic appearance and enhances the dynamic nature of the stacking effect.
 
Depending on where you view the model, you might be surprised that you’re still looking at the same building!
  
The seven stacked masses give the overall model a truly unique appearance, one that will certainly turn heads once the real building is completed in New York.
 
       
The model also features detailed landscaping at the street level
The greenery encircles the building and surrounds the open glazing of the lobby.
 
Also included in the model are the various satellite arrays within the parapet at rooftop level.  A couple of these satellites make use of minifigure hockey mask visors for the curved dishes!
 
A final view of the model shows how all seven sections stack seamlessly together along a single 2×2 spine.  This spine starts within the base of the model, and every section simply slides into place on top of one another, all the way to the top.
 
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this project come to life as much as I’ve enjoyed designing and building it!  I will be traveling to Billund to install the model in the LEGO House on Thursday, April 26 with the rest of the BIG Buildings Exhibition.  I look forward to having it on display as well as seeing all the other incredible models that will be a part of this exhibition!

AAR – AARhus Part 2

My model has now reached its full height of 89 cm, I am now more than half done. The terraces takes a long time to build, as not two are alike. I hope the building will be finished to 20. April, but I am still not sure, I have to work hard to reach the deadline.

The east side of the building
The south side.
The back side.
A closer look at the top, 20th floor.
I have printed all the terraces in the same scale as the model. I can then lay a transparrent brick paper over it, and draw on it with whiteboard markers, and then build after the drawing.
The construction site of the real building seen from north toward south.
The construction site of the real building seen from south toward north.