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.


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.


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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2 Responses to “Porous City Lego”

  1. Ryan April 21, 2013 at 2:24 PM #

    Oh wow, this is so cool! I love Legos, so this is obviously a fascinating study…and their gigantic! I have to admit though (and maybe this is the devil’s advocate in me), I wonder what the benefit of using Legos really was…I can’t imagine the amount of time, money, and energy was put into these structures because of the labor needed to utilize Legos as a building material for such large structures. Wouldn’t they have had a similar benefit from other materials but with a more efficient use of time? Or, was there something about Legos as a medium that brought out the significance of the study of a “porous” city? Just curious…

    Regardless of the answers, this is a really neat study, and I want to see these models!

    • Aric April 23, 2013 at 9:30 PM #

      I agree that there probably is a more realistic building material but Legos are something everyone is familiar with and I think are at least a portion of why this exhibit is getting the amount of coverage it is. I know it is why I put it on this blog.

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