The world’s first Lego greenhouse is now on show in Covent Garden, as part of the London Design Festival.
The fully-functioning greenhouse, created by British designer Sebastian Bergne, is made entirely out of Lego bricks – 100,000 of them, to be exact. 50,000 transparent plastic bricks make up the pitched roof and walls, allowing plants and vegetables to grow inside on a bed of 50,000 brown bricks, to give the illusion of soil.
The 11.5 foot translucent shed was “thrown together in just one night, from 10pm to 5am”, according Co. Design , and built by the UK’s only Lego Certified Professional, Duncan Titmarsh. Lego has often been used to build scale models of major landmarks and other famous buildings, but the functionality of Bergne's full-size greenhouse has prompted speculation that Lego could bridge the gap between toys and usable construction.
50,000 clear bricks make this a fully-fuctioning greenhouse
Sebastian Bergne told Dezeen : “What instinctively appealed to me was that I would finally have the chance to live out a childhood dream and build something huge and usable out of Lego.
"In my work, I love to make something special from the ordinary, and I hope that’s what has happened here. It’s an everyday function, made of a material we know, in an ordinary environment, but together they make something extraordinary.”
Bergne: "I dreamed of making something huge and usable out of Lego"
The London Design Festival is always a chance for homeowners to discover new uses for everyday objects. Eco-friendly furniture, from Sweden’s award-winning chair made out of recycled t-shirts to a table constructed from a Mini Cooper, has caught the imagination of those looking to make their home unique, but Bergne’s Lego building, on display until Sunday 25th September, is the most striking structure on show.
See how it was built:
The greenhouse was "thrown together in one night"
The greenhouse follows the attempts of Top Gear presenter James May to build a Lego home in 2009. The two-storey property, which included a working toilet and bed, was made using 3.3 million bricks and was later demolished when no-one was prepared to adopt it.
But Lego is still inspiring large-scale construction. Sebastian Bergne's greenhouse is only a temporary installation, but with Legoland hotels being built in both Windsor and North America in the next two years, soon it may not just be the plants that are sleeping under a Lego roof.
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