– here seen at Danish Architecture Center for the FORMGIVING exhibition:
I accepted the challenge of building the real world LEGO model based on a LEGO Digital Designer file from Shenghui Jiang. It required some small changes compared to the digital model, but mainly the model is as intended by Shenghui.
FORMGIVING – A giant exhibition in the Danish Architecture Center, with 71 BIG projects as glimpses of and gifts to our future. In the “Golden Gallery” 25 BIG-designed buildings are recreated in LEGO bricks by LEGO master builders from all over the world. The LEGO-show is on view until October 20, 2019.
The Panda House is the home of the Copenhagen Zoo’s two new pandas. In a collaboration between the Zoo and the Copenhagen LEGO Store I was asked to build a model of this, to be exhibited in the LEGO Store.
The building have almost no straight lines anywhere, and the shape is representation of the yin and yang with the curved separation between the two enclosures. The build also features a lot of greenery to portray the kind of lush environment of pandas natural habitat.
The trickiest feature to make was the round walkway going all the way around the build, with lots of experimentation at the start to get the right diameter of the ring but still keep it reasonably sturdy.
When it comes to scale the build had to be a bit skewed, with slightly different scale for the different elements of the build. This was due to the desire to incorporate LEGO minifigures, while still being able to fit the build into a display case of a certain size. One consequence of this is that the area for the panda looks smaller in the build than in real life.
Due to all the rounded shapes many very bit intensive techniques had to be used, pushing the number of pieces used quite high, to around 10,000. This is a very rough number though, as the method used for organic building is very iterative and keeping track of usage is not easy.
All in all it has been a fun challenge to build, and I’m really happy with how it turned out!
The model has now been fully designed in LEGO Digital Designer!
Overall, the model will consist of nearly 5,500 pieces and will feature a façade made up of transparent LEGO plates, with medium blue plates behind. The spiral pattern was surprisingly tricky to account for as it winds its way up the tower, and resulted in numerous half-stud offsets along the broad faces of the building. The windows directly behind each spiral step will feature tan highlights in an effort to differentiate these sections of façade from the rest of the glass. The balconies will also be covered in plenty of greenery and plants in the spirit of the overall design concept of continuing New York City’s Highline into the Skyline!
This image highlights much of the internal structure of the model. It is made up of four stacked modules which are connected with a central 2×2 technic beam. I chose to use pink during much of the design process as transparent elements can be difficult to see in LEGO Digital Designer. This decision also helped with the program’s performance overall.
A LEGO model of The Spiral will be build by Rocco Buttliere.
Every new piece starts with a sketch. As a trained architect, plan and section drawings always help me better visualize the dimensions and massing of the overall building. The next step is to start designing the model, which will likely be made up of numerous stacks of floor plates, each with different dimensions as the spiral pattern slowly diminishes the overall footprint. Stay tuned!
In the description of the building, BIG states:
Located at the intersection of the High Line and the newly developed Hudson Boulevard Park on Manhattan’s new western frontier, THE SPIRAL extends the green space of the former train tracks in a spiraling motion towards the sky – from High Line to the skyline. The 1,005 ft high-rise is a unique hybrid that intertwines a continuous green pathway with workspaces on every level. The chain of amenity spaces and terraces originates at THE SPIRAL’s main entrance on 34th street and Hudson Boulevard. The spiral wraps around the tower, which becomes gradually slimmer towards the top. This creates unique floor configurations that will cater to a diverse community of tenants making the building a lively place for businesses of different scales – giving tenants a stake in the buildings iconic skyline presence.
Inside, every terrace becomes a double height atrium with impressive views over Manhattan, offering a more informal setting for meetings, events and recreational activities. These spaces connect multiple levels in the building, offering an alternative to elevators to encourage physical activity and interaction amongst colleagues. THE SPIRAL sets a new standard for the contemporary workplace, where nature becomes an integrated part of the work environment while spatial features are continuously adaptable to the changing needs of the tenants and their organizations.
The stepping form of THE SPIRAL echoes the architecture of
New York City’s classic stepped setback skyscrapers and is the natural
evolutionary step in the Tishman Speyer portfolio. The silhouette of THE SPIRAL
resonates with the iconic architecture of Rockefeller Center while its modern
materials and detailing place it at the forefront of contemporary high-rise
design on a path to become a future classic on the Manhattan skyline.
Neighboring the Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet, the Hôtel des
Horlogers is seamlessly integrated into the smooth topography of the scenic
Vallée de Joux. Five zig-zagging room slabs expand into a gently sloping
exterior path, leading directly to the museum and local ski trails. On the
interior, a continuous sloping corridor connects the rooms, facilitating
visitor and service circulation. The amenities—two restaurants, a bar, a spa
and a conference center—are tucked under the inclined slabs and oriented
towards light and views to become individual destinations along the exterior
path. From the main access road, the hotel’s tilting slabs frame views of the
surrounding Vallée de Joux, establishing a connection between the village and
the pastoral landscape.
A LEGO model of The Danish Pavilion, built for the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China will be build by Helgi Toftegaard.
In the description of the building, BIG states:
The Danish Pavilion was designed to not only exhibit Danish
virtues, but, through interaction, to give the visitor an experience of
some of the best attractions in Copenhagen: the city bike, the harbor
bath, the nature playground and an ecological picnic. The bike is a
vernacular means of transportation and a national symbol common to Denmark
and China. With the pavilion we relaunched the bike in Shanghai as a
symbol of modern lifestyle and sustainable urban development. The pavilion’s
1500 city bikes were offered for general use to the visitors during EXPO
In the heart of the pavilion was a harbor bath, which is filled up with seawater from Copenhagen harbor. The visitors could swim in the bath and not only hear about the clean water, but actually feel and taste it. The Little Mermaid was transported to Shanghai to sit in the waterline of the pavilion’s harbor bath exactly as she is in Copenhagen harbor.
In addition to promoting new modes of transportation, the Danish Pavilion was also the only naturally ventilated at the Expo. Air was cooled by the presence of the water, then, following the unique form of the building, moved through the entire space.
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.
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.
The model of Two World Trade Center has now been fully designed! The next step will be to build this incredible skyscraper out of physical LEGO.
These renderings show the completed digital model. Although it may look simple from the outside, the model features numerous angles and façade techniques which require sideways construction. Overall, the entire model consists of more than 8,600 pieces, most of which are transparent 1×2 plates. One thing the renderings don’t show quite accurately, is the medium blue color which lies beneath the transparent façade. These medium blue elements will give the model a soft blue tint, similar to the actual reflection of the sky that the curtain wall façade will have when the building is completed.
Additionally, the model will feature greenery at street level as well as on each rooftop terrace as the skyscraper ascends to its full height.
Stay tuned for more updates as the model is physically built.