Denmark-based architectural practice, CF Møller Architects has lately finished the first phase of two office buildings of the toy company LEGO, which are located near to the Lego’s visitor centre designed by BIG in Billund, Denmark. Due for completion in 2021, this campus will evoke a ‘mini-city’ that is covered by greenery, outdoor parks and publicly-accessible play and sitting areas. Take a look at these brightly-coloured office buildings at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):
Consisting of eight parts, this new LEGO merged to create a single continuous work and play space for 2000 employees based on the LEGO Group's values and innovative culture. The building is planned to extend over 54,000m2. Architects used bold, geometric forms that look similar to Lego bricks, which are beautified with giant versions of the bricks.
Architects used yellow panels and Lego bricks where two massive Lego-Like building blocks stick out of one of the roofs to perk up the building appearance.
Dominated by the materials wood and brick, the geometry of two buildings is also intended to bring “ Light Nordic Expression” to the mind.
The individual building parts echo the scale of the surrounding LEGO facilities as well as the city of Billund, and the ensemble deliberately avoids uniformity in favour of diversity and playful twists, to reflect the multitude of options that LEGO play represents.
Two Giant LEGO Bricks
The facade is designed to both maximise interior daylight and minimise cooling requirements. This creates a playful yet beautiful façade that contains large LEGO bricks as one of the buildings motifs.
Two giant LEGO bricks form meeting spaces on top of the building.
Architects used gypsum fibre material inside the complex as much as possible to lower the amount of steel framing and to reduce carbon emissions.
It helped them to save around 22 tonnes of steel and minimise almost 650 tonnes of Carbon dioxide emissions.
The exterior part of the buildings is topped by sedum to collect rainwater and absorb CO2. The rainwater is then used to irrigate the parks on the campus.
There are also 4,150 solar panels deck the roof of the garage. These panels are expected to generate over one million kilowatts of energy, which will fulfill half of the campus' demand annually.
Brighten Up With Colours
Located in a large park that is open to the public, the bright and flexible office spaces come together around a spectacular atrium with features and colours inspired by the LEGO Group’s products.
And in the interiors, they have used much bolder colours than the exteriors. Inside, you can see varied colour block colour finishes.
And where the individual building parts overlap, small squares with brightly green coloured stairways form social nodes and wayfinding markers.
A culture and activity hub called the ‘People House’ is located on the ground floor and comprises shared facilities for a variety of social and physical activities including a sports hall, event spaces, and hotel accommodation.
Collaborative spaces create an informal and inspirational atmosphere throughout LEGO Campus.
The upper floors include spaces for a variety of work and play activities to support creativity and innovation.
A Highly Sustainable Complex
The integration of the building within the publicly accessible park creates outdoor meeting spaces, walk and talk routes, and play areas.
These elements break down the barriers between inside and outside, stimulating innovation.
From the interior, one is surrounded by greenery everywhere, in the form of the park, courtyards, pocket gardens, and green roofs including a greenhouse and mini-golf course.
Green roofs, durable materials, enhanced biodiversity and collection of rainwater for distribution to basins and lakes, all make LEGO Campus a highly sustainable complex that achieves the strictest Danish 2020 energy certification.
About CF Møller Architects
C.F. Møller Architects is one of Scandinavia’s leading architectural firms, with 90 years of award-winning work in the Nordic region and worldwide. Founded in 1924 in Denmark. The firm has offices in Aarhus, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Oslo, Stockholm, Malmö, London and Berlin.
C.F. Møller Architects is owned by a partner group consisting of Klaus Toustrup, Lone Wiggers, Christian Dahle, Lone Bendorff, Klavs Hyttel, Julian Weyer, Mads Mandrup Hansen, Michael Kruse and Mårten Leringe.
Architecture firm: CF Møller Architects
Location: Billund, Denmark
Photography by: Adam Mørk
Text and image courtesy: CF Møller Architects
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