LEGO House asks designers and executives to replace fan builds

The LEGO House’s Masterpiece Gallery will feature models from LEGO staff – including designers, engineers and executives – while the pandemic puts pause to exhibiting fan builds.

The team says coronavirus has made it ‘challenging’ to invite fans to exhibit their models in the LEGO House for this year’s Fan Day, which takes place this Thursday, September 23. As a result, the LEGO Group hosted an internal competition in Billund to find new builds for the attraction’s top-floor Masterpiece Gallery.

Among the 17 successful builds are Executive Assistant Matthew Foster’s recreation of The Wave, an iconic residential building in Vejle, Denmark, and Senior Product Designer Florian Müller’s Hamburg concert hall Elbphilharmonie.

“The coolest feature I think, is the opening mechanism: the thin front line of the concert hall can split up into two areas, which can open and reveal the inside of the concert hall,” Florian said. “While most of the inside is purely built by my own imagination, the hovering concert hall in the middle is something the real Elbphilharmonie also has.”

LEGO House Elbphilharmonie by Florian Muller

These builds will be on display for this week’s LEGO House Fan Day, which is part of Skærbæk Fan Weekend, and will also involve live presentations from Vice President of Design Matthew Ashton, the LEGO NINJAGO designers, and the LEGO Group’s sustainability team. Those sessions will run from 1-3pm UK time, and you’ll be able to watch along in a livestream here.

This isn’t the end of fan builds in the Masterpiece Gallery, though: as with all things pandemic-related, asking LEGO staff to fill in is really just a temporary solution, says LEGO House Managing Director Jesper Vilstrup.

“The already-planned AFOL exhibitors for Masterpiece Gallery will be postponed to 2022, where LEGO House looks very much forward [to] inviting them in for the long-planned event, and in that way get back to the very good yearly tradition that we appreciate very much in the Home of the Brick,” Jesper said.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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