Living in Lego


The next time the cost of building materials goes up - or your energy-efficiency retrofit estimates are high - maybe you should consider a radically different construction format....the humble Lego block. OK, so maybe that won't help, but it sure would be fun!

Fun is the feeling right now in southern England, where construction of the world's first full-size Lego home is just being completed. The two-storey Lego-home, complete with fully plumbed Lego bathroom and a giant bed, is home this week for James May, host of Britain's TV Show, Top Gear. That's right - he's actually moving in (at least for a few days, he says, or until the bricks collapse).

Thousands of volunteers worked all last month to help construct the house - fitting millions of Lego blocks together and attaching to them to a wood framework.

The Lego house is being built as part of a new BBC series called James May's Toy Stories
in which he takes Britain's best-loved toys and uses them in new adventures.

May has said that the idea for the Lego house "first came up over a beer, when we were talking about what we would have built as kids if we'd had enough Lego."

Surely that should have been a glass of wine - given that the Lego home is situated smack dab in the middle of the Denbies Wine Estates vineyard in Surrey, England.

Take up the challenge: What would you have built as a kid if you'd had enough Lego?

 

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September 16, 2009
3:23 PM

I was a big lego fan when I was younger but I also liked Tinker Toys. I used to build towers to stand above my sister's Barbie Houses and drop the wooden wheels onto Barbie and Ken. That is of course until my sisters ran quite a few of my tinker toy sticks through the pencil sharpeners and I had to be careful to keep them away from the EZ bake overn.
It would be great to live in a Lego House, Drive an Evel Kneivel Stunt Cycle, go camping in a Big Jim Camper wagon and have a GI Joe Kung Fu grip but cooking all the meals with a 60 watt bulb oven just doesn't do it for me. I guess I would have to date Holly Hobbie or Strawberry Shortcake.

September 17, 2009
11:33 AM

I WOULD HAVE A LARGE HOME WITH GARAGES OUT OF LEGOS AND EVEN THE LANDSCAPING AND POOL WOULD ALL BE OUT OF LEGOS, MINUS THE WATER.

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