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28 Examples of Toy-Inspired Architecture

From Building Block Architecture to Puzzle-Filled Condos

— July 25, 2013 — Art & Design
Using your imagination to create whimsical and thought-provoking designs is a great way to think outside-the-box, and these examples of toy-inspired architecture are utilizing playful references to create mind-blowing structures.

Toys are often items that are associated with what little children play with, but since certain toys are often cherished and beloved by people well into their adulthood, there's no surprise that certain architects are utilizing those references in their designs. With the popularity of such classic toy brands as LEGO and Barbie continuing to gain momentum amongst children and adults worldwide, incorporating those iconic looks and themes into large-scale pieces of architecture serves to create a whimsically original and sentimental overall appearance.

From creative overpass designs that resembles a giant slinky to vibrant buildings that look like colorful LEGO pieces, these examples of toy-inspired architecture will surely have adults feeling nostalgic about their childhood.
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Building Block Architecture
Building Block Architecture
The 'Build Up Japan' Project Creates the Metropolis Out of LEGO
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Real-Life Toy Car Ramps
Real-Life Toy Car Ramps
The Double Loop Dare Brings Hot Wheels to Life
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Iconic Toy Structures
Iconic Toy Structures
The LEGO Sydney Opera House Pays Tribute to a Beautiful Design
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Customizable City Exhibits
Customizable City Exhibits
‘Reimagining Chinatown' Dives Into L.A. Urban Culture
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Starry Toy Shops
Starry Toy Shops
The De La Cuna A La Luna Store Boasts a Constellation-Inspired Ceiling
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Contemporary Toy Homes
Contemporary Toy Homes
The 'Tdo Wallpaper Dollhouse' is Also a Luxury Lamp
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Japanese Toy-Inspired Infrastructure
Japanese Toy-Inspired Infrastructure
Prostho Museum Research Center is Made of Wooden Sticks
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Roman Toy Block Architecture
Roman Toy Block Architecture
Ryan McNaught's LEGO Colosseum is Captivating and Accurate
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Building Block Stairways
Building Block Stairways
The Wieden + Kennedy Office by Featherstone Young
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Colorful Toy-Inspired Architecture
Colorful Toy-Inspired Architecture
Childminders Center is the Ultimate in Child-Friendly Design
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Puzzle-Filled Condos
Puzzle-Filled Condos
The Geometrix Design Russian Apartment is a Picturesque Family Home
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Blocked Interior Designs
Blocked Interior Designs
The LEGO Apartment Presents an Alternative Style
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LEGO Building Add-Ons
LEGO Building Add-Ons
Habitat Make Us Blind Exhibit Imagines the Possibilities for Vacant Lots
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Toy-Inspired Overpasses
Toy-Inspired Overpasses
The Slinky Springs Bridge is Colorful and Fun
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Life-Sized LEGO Blocks
Life-Sized LEGO Blocks
Tara Ketchum's Concrete LEGO Blocks are Solid
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100 Foot LEGO Building
100 Foot LEGO Building
50th Anniversary Tower
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Giant LEGO Bridges
Giant LEGO Bridges
Australian Team Create 46-Foot Freestanding Bridge
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Surreal LEGO Cityscapes
Surreal LEGO Cityscapes
The Habit Makes Us Blind Project Builds Urban Planning Awareness
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Building Block Sculptures
Building Block Sculptures
Lene Wille Creates Playful and Professional Pieces With LEGO
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Jenga-Inspired Architecture
Jenga-Inspired Architecture
The Cafe Kureon by Kengo Kuma and Associates is Multi-Dimensional
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DIY Home Construction
DIY Home Construction
German HIB System Makes Building Blocks for Custom Homes
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Lego Street Repairs
Lego Street Repairs
Jan Vormann Takes His Dispatchwork to the Streets of New York
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Pirate Sailboat Toy Houses
Pirate Sailboat Toy Houses
The Red Beards Revenge Pirate Ship Playhouse by PoshTots is Life-Size
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LEGO-Inspired Architecture
LEGO-Inspired Architecture
Turkish Company Designnobis Presents the D-Eco Brick
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Fantasy-Filled Stores
Fantasy-Filled Stores
The Pilar's Story Toyshop is Made for Children
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Building Block Architecture
Building Block Architecture
GGF Architects' Wahroonga Preparatory School Looks Made With LEGO
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Colorfully Layered Cafes
Colorfully Layered Cafes
The Mocha Mojo Coffeehouse Looks Like a Playful LEGO Land
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Prefabricated Playgrounds
Prefabricated Playgrounds
The Play Modern Cuba and 2cuba Playhouses are Built With Minimal Tools
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