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Sydney Opera House immortalised in Lego

February 16, 2012

Jorn Utzon’s Sydney Opera House is the latest landmark building to be added to the Lego Architecture range.

The Sydney Opera House will be the latest addition to Lego’s Architecture range, which recreates a handful of architectural icons in miniature using Lego bricks.

The Sydney Opera House model builds the Australian landmark in miniature, using 260 Lego bricks to recreate the building’s distinctive sails and its sandstone-coloured concourse. The model will be added to the Lego Architecture collection in March, alongside models of other celebrated buildings by architects including Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe.

The Lego Architecture range, first launched in 2010, is a range created by the Danish toy brand to “celebrate the past, present and future of architecture through the medium of the Lego Brick,” with models of some of the world’s most famous buildings.

Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Danish architect Jorn Utzon following an international design competition, the Sydney Opera House – which opened in 1973 – is one of Australia’s most visited attractions. The building has been attended by over 45 million people, hosting more than 100,000 performances. The site was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007.

Caroline Squire, Director of Marketing at Lego Australia, said: “The Lego Architecture Sydney Opera House seeks to capture the essence of this grand building in a small scale. The Lego Architecture range uses the iconic Lego brick to interpret the designs of renowned architecture from around the world and Lego Australia is proud that Australia’s own Sydney Opera House has been chosen as one of the 2012 debut models for this exciting collection.”

The Lego Architecture collection features two series: ‘Landmark’ and ‘Architect’. The Sydney Opera House will be part of the ‘Architect’ series alongside other miniature recreations of buildings by celebrated architects including Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe, the Burj Khalifa by SOM and three projects by Frank Lloyd Wright: Fallingwater, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and Robie House.

This series, along with the ‘Landmark’ series (which features models of the Brandenburg Gate, Rockefeller Center, The White House, Seattle Space Needle and the Empire State Building), will launch for the first time in Australia in March.

  • Jane Otto February 17th, 2012 2:24 pm

    Surely this is not the first and only lego model of the Opera House existing? I recall walking around the Opera House with several of my children (now all adults) around 1998 and observing an exquisite lego model on display in one of the windows. Whatever happened to that model?

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