It’s no secret that architecture buffs are often also obsessed with Legos—from kits of iconic buildings to custom-built fantasy structures. But a massive, 20,000-block recreation of the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Elbphilharmonie reaches new heights of detail and creative construction.
Created by the Lego-build company Brickmonkey, the model incorporates key design touches from the original, including the building’s undulating roof, 1,000 windows, trio of waterside cranes, and even a miniature replica lighting system. The central section of the structure also swings open to reveal the building’s famous white concert hall, complete with a tiny piano at its center.
While the real-life structure went notoriously over budget and timeline, the four-foot long Lego replica was built in an estimated 110 hours.