Built as a tribute to the Lego brick, the Lego House is a one-of-a-kind play space and museum in Billund, Denmark. It was designed by architect Bjarke Ingels, and is made from 21 bricks stacked on top of each other, all created using the same proportions as regular Lego blocks. On the roof of each block are brightly coloured terraces that act as free public playgrounds, while the top gallery takes the brick homage even further, with raised round skylights that echo the eight interlock-studs on top of a regular Lego piece. It looks like a giant built the house out of oversized Lego bricks!
Inside there are more than 25 million Lego pieces, many of which have been used to make breath-taking sculptures. Check out the Tree of Creativity, which shoots up through the centre of the house. At 15 metres high and made from six million Lego pieces, it's a nod to the fact that when the company was first founded in the 1930s, it wasn't making little plastic bricks but traditional toys made out of wood. The top of the tree has a crane, symbolising the fact that Lego is all about endless possibilities and continued creativity.
At the top of the building is the Masterpiece Gallery, which hosts amazing models designed and built by Lego fans both young and old (adult fans of Lego are known as Afols, and there are thousands of them). In the middle of this gallery are three dinosaurs - one made from classic Lego, one from baby-friendly Duplo, and one from Meccano. They are all mid-roar because their feet are stepping on a Lego brick - ouch!
There are four experience zones, each symbolising a special aspect of play and learning. Red is for creative skills, Blue is cognitive, Green is for social skills and Yellow is for emotional skills. It's all part of the Lego learning-through-play philosophy; as you create your own mini masterpieces, your brain is working overtime! In fact, the name 'LEGO' was dreamt up by carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen, who founded the company in 1932, and it is an abbreviation of the two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well".
The Green zone was one of our favourite spots - it's full of mini-figure components, so you can create an endless array of different characters. There are all sorts of intricate Lego scenes on display, and you can even film your own stop-motion Lego mini-figure movie! Fun fact: you can combine 6 Lego bricks in 915 million different ways!
Did you know you can eat Lego? Maybe not literally, but lunch time at the Lego House is an interactive activity in itself. You have to build your own meal from Lego bricks, which is then delivered to you by these friendly robots!
This video shows the Lego lunch activities in action!
The Lego House is a totally one-of a kind experience, and there's nothing like it in the UAE - or anywhere! It uses the grounds of the former town hall of Billund in South Denmark, which is a stone's throw from the little carpentry shop where Lego was first founded, so it's both literally and metaphorically at the heart of the Lego ethos. Billund is also known as the Capital of Children, because it has so much for little ones to do. From water parks to Viking museums and indoor ski slopes, there's loads to keep kids happy. With the world's largest Legoland, and the Legoland hotel also in the town, it's definitely the ultimate destination for Lego-lovers.
See the Lego House website for more information.