“My kid could do that,” is one of the most bombastic statements any parent could make. But in the case of Lego’s new architecture project, any spectator hearing a parent utter this claim, might have to concur. In recent months, “Five of Scotland’s top architecture practices have accepted a challenge to design a building out of Lego,” according to a BBC report.
Sorry, your kid’s multicolored co-op will not qualify, nor will any of the more modern Lego shapes included in Bionicles or Mars Mission pieces. “We had tower blocks, big blocks and plain, odd blocks,” says Gordon Young, editor of Prospect magazine. “It’s amazing to think all the teams started out with standard Lego building bricks.”
Who were the five brave architect firms willing to openly display that they are still working on their fine motor skills? The entrants included Aedas, Gareth Hoskins Architects, gm+ad, Michael Gilmour Associates and RMJM. Their creations will be displayed at the Scottish Design Awards 2009 Nominations Exhibition, and will later be auctioned off at the Lighthouse in Glasgow with proceeds benefiting the National Autistic Society of Scotland.
Some designs are intended to be handled by kids, others are virtual entries, and the rest are safely displayed inside plexiglass cubes, just in case the entrants can’t fight the urge to yell, “Now, let’s smash it!”