zaha hadid builds miniature LEGO city for london festival of architecture zaha hadid builds miniature LEGO city for london festival of architecture
jul 13, 2014

zaha hadid builds miniature LEGO city for london festival of architecture


the first LEGO battle between stirling prize-winners zaha hadid architects, rogers stirk harbour + partners, stanton williams and witherford watson mann took place at the london festival of architecture during june 2014. the competition organized by the royal academy of arts asked teams to create a proposal for a new cultural quarter in london.


zaha hadid architects was awarded the LEGO prize for their low-rise proposal, which examined integrating the urban fabric with the river surrounding the docklands – an area of london undergoing massive redevelopment. based on the idea of a ‘live-work’ city, the playful model blurs boundaries between different typologies by overlapping residential areas and office blocks. the team was recognized for their articulate master plan, with the merged layout intended to help limit the time people need to commute to work each day.

 the low-rise, integrated city proposal by zaha hadid architects
(main) image © agnese sanvito
all images courtesy of london festival of architecture



‘the focus of the installation was not specific to any particular building form but working with the lego blocks allowed us to play with different configurations from orthogonal high-rises to softer curved structures, which were particularly challenging to assemble.’ says zaha hadid architects.

(left) winning installation for the public’s vote award by stanton williams
(right) the rogers stirk harbour + partners‘ proposal

the stanton williams’ model highlights a series of interconnected spaces between structures

witherford watson mann’s LEGO city

zaha hadid architects reactivates the docklands with orthogonal high-rises and curvilinear forms

the team building the small LEGO structures of zaha hadid architects’ proposal

stanton williams busy working on their LEGO installation

zaha hadid builds miniature LEGO city designboom
the competition was organized by the royal academy of arts
image © agnese sanvito

  • These are delightful constructions, full of fun and enthusiasm.
    On the flip side, please note that Lego is partnering with Shell Oil to incorporate the company’s branding into Lego kits. Shell is a major proponent of drilling for oil in the fragile arctic and a partnership with lego is a perfect opportunity to get into the heads of our kids.

    Mo Lamancha says:

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