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WHAT_architecture unwraps Lego-clad school

WHAT_architecture has completed a children’s centre clad in 1,263,801 Lego bricks at Cowley St Laurence School in Hillingdon, west London

The £900,000 project features a bridge with classrooms and administrative offices, creating a physical and ‘imaginative’ gateway to the site.

Anthony Hoete, project architect at the practice, explained: ‘The whole choice of Lego was a response to using users in the design process and from that the next logical step was to build it using Lego.’

The blocks were sourced direct from Lego HQ in Denmark and were applied to the timber frame and concrete board structure without glue. Hoete added: ‘The only way you can unlock the bricks is to take the top row off, which is 5 metres up and underneath the flashing.’

Construction of the façade took two weeks with children, staff, parents and community volunteers helping to place 100,000 Lego pieces on the structure each day.


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