Chicago museum opens LEGO architecture model exhibit

Structures like Fallingwater and the Burj Khalifa can be seen at Brick by Brick at the Museum of Science and Industry.

March 18, 2016 |
Chicago museum opens LEGO architecture model exhibit

All photos: J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Click each image to enlarge

Even the toy block version of the Golden Gate Bridge is pretty big. Adam Reed Tucker, a LEGO Certified Professional, created 13 LEGO models for the Brick by Brick exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. 

The exhibit, which features the St. Louis Gateway Arch, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, and the Burj Khalifa, houses a 60-foot model of the landmark San Francisco Bay suspension bridge. 

Tucker’s models contain up to 64,000 bricks and took hundreds of hours to build.

“As I design and build, I gain a greater appreciation for the structure I am working on and try to capture the essence of the building in its sculptural form,” Tucker said in a statement. “My hope is that people looking at my work will also appreciate and learn about each architectural wonder and the creativity and imagination that’s possible with the LEGO brick.”

In addition to gawking at a miniature Roman Colosseum, guests can interact with the exhibit by building and testing structures against earthquake and wind simulations.

Also, some legit architecure firms, including Adjaye Associates, SOM, and Kengo Kuma, constructed their own futuristic LEGO models that respond to predicted challenges that cities will face.

The exhibit is open through February 2017.

 

The Roman Colosseum

Fallingwater

Burj Khalifa

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