London Design Festival 2011: The Icon Build Off

Last weekend’s London Design Festival saw hundreds of galleries, venues and temporary events across the city showcasing the best in architecture, art and design.

As part of the festival, Icon Magazine hosted the Icon Build Off, a temporary event in one of the vacant sites in Central St Giles.

Celebrating their 100th issue, the magazine asked several leading architectural firms to re-imagine famous landmarks in Lego. The results were varied, ranging from a Rockefeller Centre raised up 20 storeys, to a melted mass of Lego bricks that once resembled Frank Lloyd Wright‘s Fallingwater. All seven of these models were on display.

Lego Rockefeller Centre

The main reason for attending, however, was the long trestle table piled with Lego where visitors were asked to create their own architectural marvels. Never underestimate the draw of Lego, whether to a three or 33 year old! After finishing, would-be starchitects were invited to upload a photo of their work to Facebook, or else put it on display with the other works. The results were on the whole impressive, and the process frenzied and highly addictive.

Despite the Icon Build Off having closed, many London Design Week events are ongoing, including David Chipperfield‘s Two Lines outside the Royal Festival Hall, and The Power of Making exhibition at the V&A.

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