Can A House be Made Entirely Out of Lego?
Phone booths, cars, and life-sized animals are just a few of the most remarkable projects that have been built entirely of Lego. Now a house design hopes to join the list.
LEGO has partnered with architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group to construct a full-sized LEGO House designed entirely in the brick-by-brick aesthetic.
While the final house will be built using keystone brick, in order to achieve the LEGO aesthetic designers used computer generated software to come up with an initial plan.
Once the computer generated mock ups were completed, it was time for the team to build the model using Lego's. The model had to be built in layers in order to make sure the replica building was structurally sound.
After the model was built, construction for the house began in June of 2014. In the image above you can see how the keystone brick will be laid to closely resemble LEGO bricks. When the project is completed it will be "part public art piece, tourist attraction, LEGO store, cafe, and, with roughly 20,000 square feet set aside for open space, just somewhere people can hang out," says LEGO marketing manager Hans Peter Folmann.
While it may be disappointing that the "Lego House" isn't made of real Lego bricks, it's because a real Lego house isn't plausible. To make one sheet of drywall it would require approximately 9,000 pieces of Lego which would cost about $2000.
If cost isn't a factor, there are numerous other problems that make Lego a poor choice for construction. For starters, the bricks are not water tight. This was discovered by James May when he alongside a group of volunteers used approximately 3.3 million plastic bricks to make a house entirely out of Lego.
You don't need the experience of building a Lego house to also know that there is a high chance for collapse, the bricks are precise and can't be forced or shimmied like wood or other materials can be, horizontal building will want to split apart, and finally, the bricks aren't weight baring so there is a high risk of potential cracks and fissures for the Lego bricks.