You’d be hard pressed to find an architect that didn’t begin exploring the realms of building design and construction with the help of those little plastic bricks in blue, red, yellow and white. However, there are only a handful of master builders who have turned their love of LEGO into a fully fledged career — and Adam Reed Tucker is one of them.
One of only 13 LEGO Certified Professionals around the world, Tucker has a job that would make many a designer envious, but the former architect does not have it easy by any means. For his latest project, Tucker has orchestrated the construction of 13 global wonders for “Brick by Brick,” a major exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois, and his ambitions for the show have resulted in a work schedule to make even the hardiest of architects wince.
According to Fast Co.Design, the master builder has spent the past year working 16 to 18 hours a day to construct many of the world’s most famous icons, including the pyramids of Giza, the Hoover Dam, One World Trade Center and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. In creating the display, Tucker used some six million LEGO bricks, and the resulting models are at an unparalleled scale: the Burj Khalifa stands 12 feet high, while the Golden Gate Bridge spans an incredible 60 feet, complete with load-supporting suspension cables.
Eight years ago, Tucker began building huge, intricately detailed LEGO models to teach the public about architecture and — more significantly — get them to start designing and building for themselves. The accessible nature of the medium, with its intuitive click-and-stick construction method, means that anyone can dive into three-dimensional design, not only architects. As Fast Co.Design’s Mark Wilson points out, “You don’t need to be skilled to build like Tucker, just creative.”
That being said, Tucker’s dedication to the cause is hard to match. These models take the famous plastic bricks into another realm, moving beyond the study of form to capture the very identity of the planet’s most recognizable landmarks. The plastic fruits of Tucker’s labor are on show to the public from now until February 2017 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
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Would YOU dare visit this restaurant? The eatery
that hangs off the side of a cliff hundreds of feet up (and there's a glass
floor to guarantee a stomach-churning experience)
Those with a fear of heights might want to give
this exclusive eatery a miss, because it juts right out hundreds of feet above
a canyon - and there's a glass floor to make the experience even more stomach
Designed by Tall Arquitectos, the Copper Canyon
Cocktail Bar will overlook the stunning Basaseachic Falls in Mexico - from
The Copper Canyon, if built, will consists of two
levels, with the first featuring a bar - for those who need a stiff drink to
calm their nerves - and a dining area, which will have tables positioned around
the perimeter to make the best of the precarious views.
Once their meal is over, diners can retreat to the
upstairs observation deck for a more chilled vibe.
They can also take a dip in the swimming pool to
cool down after their one-of-a-kind fine dining experience, which is bound to
leave them with vertigo. Or presumably they'll be able to abseil down to the
The world's tallest restaurant title currently remains
with At.mosphere, which opened its doors 1,350 feet up on the 122nd floor of
the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.