Very few children in the West today are unfamiliar with Lego's plastic building blocks, designed in the 1950s

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Friday, 31 January 2020 16:28

Industry news and events – 31 January

Get a bitesize overview of the week’s headlines and events with Icon’s round-up

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Here, we pick some of the most intriguing events at the festival, from Lego-based building techniques to a modern take on cartography

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Monday, 13 August 2018 06:21

Olafur Eliasson's floating fortress

For his first building, the artist Olafur Eliasson has created a brick office-cum-castle for Denmark’s Lego dynasty. Rising out of a former industrial dock, it is a dizzying, dreamlike masterpiece

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Monday, 19 May 2014 11:28

The Lego Movie

Charles Holland enjoys a witty take on the eternal Lego question – is it better to ignore the instructions?

Published in Review
Friday, 26 August 2011 11:28

The Icon Build Off

To celebrate our 100th issue, Icon will present an exhibition during the London Design Festival showing remakes of Lego's Architectural Classics series by some of the most exciting architects in London. In the accompanying café, visitors will have the opportunity to create their own Lego models which will be displayed alongside those by Foster, Adjaye, Make, FAT and others.

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Friday, 19 August 2011 13:39

Imagination Playground by David Rockwell

David Rockwell’s Imagination Playground in lower Manhattan aims to get kids designing and building for themselves. So how do you go about creating creativity without telling kids what to do? 

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Friday, 19 August 2011 12:40

Attack the block: Lego architecture

Lego has a series of models reproducing “classic” works of architecture: Fallingwater, the Empire State Building and so on. But the fun of the toy is that you can make anything you like. So what happens when you give these models to some leading British architects to remake?

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Friday, 19 August 2011 12:19

Toys of the Avant-Garde

It is no coincidence that Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright and Buckminster Fuller were all taught in kindergartens, the school system that introduced building blocks into educational play.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011 11:29

Make remodel Lego’s Fallingwater

For our "Toys" issue, London architects Make turn Lego’s Fallingwater kit into an organic tree-like structure that “conveys vitality and growth.” Watch the time-lapse video here.

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Thursday, 07 August 2008 08:37


There are 62 Lego bricks for every person on the planet, and that includes the one you step on with bare feet in the middle of the night. Another 564 bricks are manufactured every second.

Published in Design
Monday, 04 August 2008 04:33

Gallery: 30 years of the Lego minifig

It has been 30 years since Lego launched its much-loved minifigure, designed by Jens Nygaard Knudsen. The familiar little yellow men and women with funny hair and bemused expressions were the culmination of years of work. Here’s a gallery of the best and most creative over the years.
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