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The Lego Headquarters Is Made with—What Else?—Giant Legos

Leave it to the Danish to come up with something playful and practical.

LEGO Campus Billund, Denmark
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Since its inception in 1932, LEGO has been hailed for its imaginative approach to child’s play, so it makes sense that the first two buildings unveiled at the company’s global headquarters in Billund, Denmark, are as fun and creative as the toys the brand is known for.

The first thing you’ll notice when you look at the massive complex designed by Danish design firm C.F. Møller Architects is an eye-catching yellow rectangular structure on the roof that looks a lot like one of the brand’s iconic building bricks, but look closer and you’ll see an even more literal nod to the company’s handiwork: giant LEGO blocks constructed into the walls themselves.

Part of the new 54,000-square-foot LEGO campus, the design was inspired by a painting that hangs in LEGO Group owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen’s office, and strives to serve as a source of ingenuity for the brand’s employees. “Our mission is to inspire children, so it’s important we provide our talented colleagues with an environment that is playful and inspires creativity and innovative thinking,” CEO Niels B. Christiansen recently said in a press statement.

LEGO Campus Billund, Denmark
Courtesy of LEGO

There are references to the company’s beloved products everywhere you look, from the parking garage, whose exterior takes inspiration from LEGO road playmats, to the interiors, which feature bricked-out walls, vibrant colors, and geometric forms, as well as sculptures pieced together with the blocks themselves.

Of course, this being Scandinavia, the buildings are also sustainably built. Solar panels on the site’s parking garage provide energy for half of the campus, while the rooftops of the buildings themselves are covered with sedum plants, which absorb water and carbon dioxide; collected rainwater will also be employed in the irrigation of the site’s landscaped parks. Inside, the designers have chosen a resilient gypsum fiberboard, minimizing steel needs and thereby reducing carbon emissions by 650 tons. We can’t wait to see how the next phase of the campus’s construction turns out.

LEGO Campus Billund, Denmark
Courtesy of LEGO
LEGO Campus Billund, Denmark
Courtesy of LEGO
LEGO Campus Billund, Denmark
Courtesy of LEGO
LEGO Campus Billund, Denmark
Courtesy of LEGO

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