The Lego House, scheduled to open in 2016, will be made from what the architect describes as a “cloud of interlocking Lego bricks.” Image via slate.com, courtesy Lego Group
This week the first six oversize Lego bricks were laid for the foundation of the Lego House in Billund, Denmark, the Lego Group’s hometown. Designed by BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group, the architecture of the Lego House is based on—what else but?—the iconic shape of the Lego brick.
sculpture 1. the art or practice of shaping figures or designs in the round or in relief, as by chiseling marble, modeling clay, or casting in metal
folly 1. unreason: thoughtlessness, recklessness, or thoughtless or reckless behavior 2. irrational thing: a thoughtless or reckless act or idea 3. eccentric building: a building of eccentric or overelaborate design, usually built for decorative rather than practical purposes
The building is a museum and, like LEGOs themselves, architectonic.
architectonic 1. of architecture or architectural qualities: relating to architecture or the qualities such as design and structure that architecture requires
Sculptural in the sense that it's an object in the field, to be understood in the round unlike a space enveloping building. A folly in that it's a 'whimsical or extravagant structure built to serve as a conversation piece and lend interest to a view' beyond functional requirements.
Whatever you want to call it though, I like it and was noting that the object-building/modernist vs. fabric-building/traditionalist debate need not be a zero sum game. There's room for both approaches (and blended ones) if we allow them.