Lego Asks You To Choose Next Architectural Model
November 29, 2011
The next Lego architectural model? Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67
Which building would you like to see scaled and pixelated for the next model in the acclaimed Lego Architecture Series? The iconic toy company is asking visitors to their site to vote from a list of ten “architectural wonders,” including popular favorites like the Colosseum and the Eiffel Tower to more nuanced, idiosyncratic choices, like the Golden Pavilion and Moshe Safdie’s Habitat 67. Lego won’t confirm whether the building with the most love will be manufactured, but it says it will take public opinion into consideration. If the toy does go into fabrication, it will join the ranks of work by Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe, whose residential designs make up the best of the Lego Architecture canon.
Currently in the lead is Safdie’s seminal housing experiment, a sprawling cluster of 354 prefabricated concrete units configured in such a way as to provide the suburban experience within an urban environment. Many of the apartments, which include 12 different types of multistorey units, have a garden and porch with views to the St. Lawrence River, while the specially-framed blocks provide plenty of privacy. With its blocky profile and its deft play of solid and voids, Habitat 67 lends itself best to the Lego format. Don’t agree? Cast your vote here.