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I certainly would have enjoyed Lego’s new Architecture Studio Set as a kid. I loved building minimalist houses (okay, so they were more like cubes or rectangular blocks with a door, but I felt like the future Mies Van der Rohe) using all the white and gray pieces, and snatching the few translucents included in our set from my brother.
Wired Magazine had the fun idea of asking three world-class architecture firms to ‘go crazy’ with the new Legos. And crazy they did. Norway-based firm Snøhetta created a striking boomerang-shaped tower, playing with equilibrium. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) inspired by the wintry environs of their Chicago office, cleverly froze their multi-level structure in a block of ice, slowly revealing its interior intricacies as it melted. And finally, SHoP Architects in NYC, created a futuristic cityscape going as far as 3D printing some curved pieces of their own to create undulating walls.
You can see more photos of the above projects here, and you can buy Lego Architecture Studio here.