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LEGO House Billund, Denmark

LEGO Building Jutland, Denmark design by BIG and COWI

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LEGO House in Billund, Denmark

Design: BIG architects

Danish LEGO Experience Opens


LEGO House Billund by BIG in Denmark
photo : Iwan Baan

BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and LEGO bring the toy scale of the classic LEGO brick to architectural scale with LEGO House, forming vast exhibition spaces and public squares that embody the culture and values at the heart of all LEGO experiences.

Designed by BIG and COWI, LEGO House is an experience hub for LEGO fans of all ages, as well as an architectural landmark and a significant step towards the city’s goal of making Billund the Capital for Children. The construction of the 12,000 m2 LEGO House commenced in 2014, replacing the former City Hall building with support from three generations of the LEGO family and Billund City Mayor Ib Kristensen.

“Yet another stunning design by BIG, what I like about this practice is that they not only grasp the essence of what a building can be – here it is for LEGO so obviously make the building look like a colourful stack of LEGO bricks – but that they take the concept to conclusion without compromise. As an architect I know how hard this can be. Bjarke Ingels is truly a leading architect of our time.”
Adrian Welch, e-architect founding Editor

LEGO House Billund by BIG in Denmark
photo : Iwan Baan

“All activities in the house are related to our LEGO philosophy that learning through play promotes innovation and creativity. Play runs through the LEGO Group’s DNA, and it is really brought to life in LEGO House. Everything from experience zones and outdoor areas to our restaurant concepts is based on play and creativity, so no matter what you do in LEGO House, it will have something to do with playing.” Jesper Vilstrup, LEGO House CEO.

LEGO House Billund by BIG in Denmark
photo : Iwan Baan

Due to its central location in the heart of Billund, the 23 m tall LEGO House is conceived as an urban space as much as an experience center. 21 overlapping blocks are placed like individual buildings, framing a 2,000 m2 LEGO square that is illuminated through the cracks and gaps between the volumes. The plaza appears like an urban cave without any visible columns and is publicly accessible, allowing visitors and citizens of Billund to shortcut through the building.

LEGO House Billund by BIG in Denmark
photo : Iwan Baan

“LEGO house is a literal manifestation of the infinite possibilities of the LEGO brick. Through systematic creativity, children of all ages are empowered with the tools to create their own worlds and to inhabit them through play. At its finest – that is what architecture – and LEGO play – is all about: enabling people to imagine new worlds that are more exciting and expressive than the status quo, and to provide them with the skills to make them reality. This is what children do every day with LEGO bricks – and this is what we have done today at LEGO House with actual bricks, taking Billund a step closer towards becoming the Capital for Children.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.

LEGO House Billund Denmark
photo : Iwan Baan

The LEGO square is energized by an urban character, welcoming locals and visitors to the café, restaurant, LEGO store and conference facilities. Above the square, a cluster of galleries overlap to create a continuous sequence of exhibitions. Each gallery is color-coded in LEGO’s primary colors so wayfinding through the exhibitions becomes a journey through the color spectrum.

LEGO House Billund by BIG in Denmark
photo : Iwan Baan

The first and second floors include four play zones arranged by color and programmed with activities that represent a certain aspect of a child’s learning: red is creative, blue is cognitive, green is social, and yellow is emotional. Guests of all ages can have an immersive and interactive experience, express their imagination, and not least be challenged by meeting other builders from all over the world. The top of the building is crowned by the Masterpiece Gallery, a collection of LEGO fans’ beloved creations that pay tribute to the LEGO community.

LEGO House Billund by BIG in Denmark
photo : Iwan Baan

The Masterpiece Gallery is made of the iconic 2×4 LEGO brick and showcases art beneath eight circular skylights that resemble the studs of the brick. Like the golden ratio, the proportions of the brick are nested in the geometries of everything man-made in the building, from the glazed ceramic tiles in the steps and walls to the overall 21 block scheme. Atop the Masterpiece Gallery, citizens and visitors can get a 360° panoramic view of the city. Some of the rooftops can be accessed via pixelated public staircases that double as informal auditoria for people watching or seating for performances.

LEGO House Billund by BIG in Denmark

LEGO House Billund by BIG in Denmark
photos : Iwan Baan

The History Collection at the lower level is where visitors can experience an archival immersion into the LEGO company and brand’s story. The Vault – located underneath LEGO Square – is where children and AFoLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) can witness the first edition of almost every LEGO set ever manufactured. LEGO House is expecting to attract 250,000+ visitors annually.

LEGO House Billund by BIG in Denmark
photo : Iwan Baan

LEGO released a new 774-piece, 197-step kit replicating the stacked-block formation of the LEGO House ahead of the opening. The set is part of the LEGO Architecture line and is sold exclusively at LEGO House.

LEGO House Billund brick model
photo : LEGO

LEGO House Billund – Building Information

SIZE: 12,000 m2
LOCATION: Billund, Denmark
COLLABORATORS: COWI, Dr. Lüchinger+Meyer Bauingenieure, Jesper Kongshaug, Gade & Mortensen Akustik, E-types

PARTNERS IN CHARGE: Bjarke Ingels, Finn Nørkjær, Brian Yang
TEAM: BIG – Andreas Klok Pedersen, Agne Tamasauskaite, Annette Birthe Jensen, Ariel Joy Norback Wallner, Ask Hvas, Birgitte Villadsen, Chris Falla, Christoffer Gotfredsen, Daruisz Duong Vu Hong, David Zahle, Esben Christoffersen, Franck Fdida, Ioana Fartadi Scurtu, Jakob Andreassen, Jakob Ohm Laursen, Jakob Sand, Jakub Matheus Wlodarczyk, Jesper Bo Jensen, Jesper Boye Andersen, Julia Boromissza, Kasper Reimer Hansen, Katarzyna Krystyna Siedlecka, Katarzyna Stachura, Kekoa Charlot, Leszek Czaja, Lone Fenger Albrechtsen, Louise Bøgeskov Hou, Mads Enggaard Stidsen, Magnus Algreen Suhr, Manon Otto, Marta Christensen, Mathias Bank Stigsen, Michael Kepke, Ole Dau Mortensen, Ryohei Koike, Sergiu Calacean, Søren Askehave, Stefan Plugaru, Stefan Wolf, Thomas Jakobsen Randbøll, Tobias Hjortdal, Tommy Bjørnstrup

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In 2016 LEGO fans of all ages can experience the LEGO® story and the endless possibilities of the LEGO brick in a 12,000 m2 experience center in Billund, Denmark. Today the foundation stones of the unique “LEGO House” were laid.

Location: Billund, Denmark, Europe

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