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Lego for architects

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Lego is back. Yes, I know – it never left. But these days it isn't just kids who are playing with it. A British TV presenter has just about finished building a house from it, and architects all over the world are using it to create new designs.

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Apparently a large number of architects have admitted to playing with Lego when they were kids, so it's not surprising to find out they're doing it all over again. On a larger scale. It makes sense. You want to make a building, but it's hard to visualize it. So you make a model of it from Lego first.

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Last year an exhibition called Building Asia Brick by Brick (created by ArtAsia Pacific magazine and the People's Architecture Foundation) ended a world tour in New York.

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It invited leading Asian and Pacific architects to create original architectural models from custom kits of white Lego bricks. Its aim was to raise awareness about architectural preservation in Asia. The results were pretty cool, and included the works of SciSKEW Collaborative (above) and Urbanus Architecture and Design.

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Also last year, Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) created a Lego model for an exhibition at the Storefront for Architecture and Design in New York. Lego Towers (above) was conceived as a modular, terraced landscape of towers for the city of Copenhagen.

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Most recently, Architecture Scotland issued a Lego challenge, and results included designs by Aedas and Gareth Hoskins Architects (above).

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Then there's that Lego house in England…

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It's being built in the middle of the Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, by TV presenter James May, with over three million bricks. Unfortunately it's only temporary. RM

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