‘LEGO greenhouse’ by sebastian bergne
for london design week 2011, sebastian bergne has been commissioned to create an installation using LEGO.
entitled the ‘LEGO greenhouse’, the london-based designer’s project is an actual functioning greenhouse, whose walls, floors
and earth are entirely built from the iconic building bricks, contrasting the live plants and vegetables growing within.
standing in covent garden in front of the famous covered market, the
structure’s pitched roof is meant to reference and reflect
architecture that surrounds it, while plants bring nature back to this
area which was once famous for garden trade.
though the installation is temporary, the LEGO greenhouse’s
functionality hints at the possible potential of LEGO to
bridge the gap
between toy and usable construction for the real world.
‘… what instinctively appealed to me, was that I would finally have the
chance to live out a childhood dream and build something
huge and usable
out of LeGO. as with the majority of my work, I enjoy taking a material
or process and pushing the boundary
of what can be done with it. this
time we have created an interesting juxtaposition of a natural
environment growing in an almost digital,
mass-produced LEGO structure,
and it makes you look at LEGO in a new way,’ says bergne.
bergne has worked closely with the LEGO build and technical teams, along
with covent garden to realize the project,
with the final design built
and installed by duncan titmarsh, the UK’s only LEGO certified
the LEGO greenhouse will be on display in north piazza, covent garden, london from
september 15th – 25th, 2011 during london design week 2011.