Toy Blockitecture

Building blocks become the basis for quirky and youthful architecture
Implications - Architects are turning to building blocks for inspiration, with an increasing number of structures taking after toy blocks like LEGO and block games such as Jenga. These structures, which offer a novel and quirky way to break up the landscape of traditional highrises and grey-tone buildings, also appeal to consumers' youthful sides, as they represent items that most of us have played with as children. Nostalgia unquestionably has a powerful appeal, and while it is more often used in traditional advertising, it can also be effectively translated into other areas such as architecture and design.

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Warm Top 6 Examples: 124,794 Total Clicks Apr 11 - Mar 12
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Tilted Cargo Crate Construction - ECORRE Complex Revolutionizes Recycled Building
SCORE: 6.5
V. Hot 42,494 Clicks Pub: Jun 27, 11
Tilted Cargo Crate Construction
ECORRE Complex Revolutionizes Recycled Building
It's refreshing to see old shipping containers being given second lives in eco architecture, but the appearance of the eCORRE Complex presents a scene that's rather unexpected when you consider how such… [More]
Colorfully Layered Cafes - The Mocha Mojo Coffeehouse Looks Like a Playful LEGO Land
SCORE: 5.7
V. Hot 32,253 Clicks Pub: Jun 16, 11
Colorfully Layered Cafes
The Mocha Mojo Coffeehouse Looks Like a Playful LEGO Land
The Mocha Mojo coffeehouse may not look like a traditional cafe with its colorfully layered look. In fact, it looks more like a play area for children inspired by iconic LEGO building blocks. Instead,… [More]
Building Block Cathedrals - The Abondantus Gigantus is a Church of LEGO
SCORE: 6.3
Hot 13,501 Clicks Pub: Feb 22, 12
Building Block Cathedrals
The Abondantus Gigantus is a Church of LEGO
The Abondantus Gigantus is a temporary place of worship for the most devout LEGO builders in the world. Perhaps one of the most impressive structures ever made that was inspired by these traditional and… [More]
Building Block Architecture - GGF Architects' Wahroonga Preparatory School Looks Made With LEGO
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Warm 18,977 Clicks Pub: Apr 22, 11
Building Block Architecture
GGF Architects' Wahroonga Preparatory School Looks Made With LEGO
What better way to inspire children to imagine, create and ultimately learn than by putting them into an educational institution that looks like it was built with LEGO, such as the Wahroonga Preparatory… [More]
Jenga-Inspired Architecture - The Cafe Kureon by Kengo Kuma and Associates is Multi-Dimensional
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Warm 8,993 Clicks Pub: Nov 27, 11
Jenga-Inspired Architecture
The Cafe Kureon by Kengo Kuma and Associates is Multi-Dimensional
Cafe Kureon by Kengo Kuma and Associates is the latest design from the Tokyo-based firm. The dynamic, layered concept of the wooded structure is reminiscent of building blocks. The Jenga-inspired structure… [More]
Jenga Residences - Orange Architects' 'The Cube' is a One-of-a-Kind Apartment Complex
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Mild 8,576 Clicks Pub: Jul 10, 11
Jenga Residences
Orange Architects' 'The Cube' is a One-of-a-Kind Apartment Complex
Move over, Leaning Tower of Pisa -- Orange Architects' 'The Cube' is an architectural wonder and a luxury living space! The Dutch studio built the apartment complex in the eastern district of Beirut, saying… [More]