'LEGO house' by BIG, billund, denmark
image courtesy of BIG architects
it has just been announced that starchitecture firm BIG in collaboration with ralph appelbaum associates (RAA) and COWI have won the commission
to design the first public museum for the ingenious LEGO toys, recently titled the 'LEGO house.'scheduled to break ground in 2014, the museum is expected
to receive around 250,000 annual visitors with a free-access public zone and other admission charges will apply to functions with integrated educational program
and activities that explore the dynamic range of the modular building-block toy.
bjarke ingles, founder of BIG expresses his excitement towards the project:
'it's going to be looking at LEGO from all its different aspects—LEGO as an art form, its cultural impact. when we were doing the research for it [the LEGO house],
we realized, if you would consider it just an art museum, you would be able to fill it with so much user content of such a high quality...it is one of our great dreams
at BIG that we are now able to design a building for and with the LEGO group. I owe a huge personal debt to the LEGO brick, and I can see in my nephews that its
role in developing the child as a creative, thinking, imaginative human being becomes ever stronger in a world in which creativity and innovation are key elements
in virtually all aspects of society.'
ralph appelbaum of RAA states:
'we are thrilled to be part of creating the LEGO house that will be devoted to the builders of tomorrow. playing, learning and creating with LEGO group's international
team of architects, thinkers and builders is a cherished commission for any designer.'