Architect Big-Bjarke Ingels Group has designed a new Lego House in Billund, Denmark, with exhibition and public spaces to showcase the humble Lego brick.
Although the building itself is not built out of Lego, it has been designed to have 21 overlapping blocks with Lego coloured roofs. It contains exhibition spaces and public squares which the architect said “embodied the culture and values at the heart of all Lego experiences.”
Construction on the 12,000m2 building started in 2014 replacing the former City Hall building.
Above the main 2,000m2 square, a cluster of galleries overlap to create a “continuous sequence of exhibitions”. Each gallery is colour-coded in Lego’s primary colours to aid wayfinding through the exhibitions.
On the first and second floors there are four play zones arranged by colour associated with a certain aspect of a child’s learning: red is creative, blue is cognitive, green is social, and yellow is emotional.
According to Big, lovers of Lego of all ages can have an “immersive and interactive experience allowing them to express their imagination.”
The Masterpiece Gallery is made of the iconic 2x4 Lego brick and showcases art beneath eight circular skylights that resemble the studs of the brick. Some of the rooftops can be accessed via pixelated public staircases that double as informal auditoria for people watching or seating for performances.
The vault is located underneath Lego Square. Here children and Afols (Adult Fans of Lego) can see the first edition of almost every Lego set ever manufactured.