Porous City Lego

6 Mar

MVDRV Porous City, Photo: Frans Parthesius

MVDRV Porous City, Photo: Frans Parthesius

Architecture Firm MVRDV has created the “Porous City” exhibit in Cannes which consisted of a series of studies on the porosity of skyscrapers through the use of sixteen LEGO Towers. The towers are quite enormous standing taller than a person and I really wish I would have had a chance to help build them.

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Covered in more detail on Bustler the exhibition is meant to look at the concept of a porous European skyscraper. This concept is something I am currently learning quite a bit about while working on the CTBUH London Conference which looks at skyscrapers in historic cities. Many of these cities stay away from tall buildings because they worry about hurting the fabric of the city. With some of the structures built for this exhibition that is minimized by taking the skyscraper and breaking it apart to not create a monolithic structure that looms over everything else but something of a similar scale at a larger quantity.

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I especially enjoyed the photos showing details of these impressive LEGO structures. In some of them small people were used to show the scale of these towers. I just really enjoyed that even at such a large scale there was an incredible amount of detail in the towers. Sadly I don’t have anywhere near enough money to do this on my own though 🙁

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