The World's Tallest Building in LEGO® Bricks
May 26, 2011 12:00 pm
by Joe Meno
The sculptural beauty of Burj Khalifa in Dubai has been captured by LEGO® Architecture
BILLUND, Denmark – The LEGO Group has chosen Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, as the latest eye-catching representative of its LEGO® Architecture series, which celebrates the past, present and future of the worlds’ architecture.
Burj Khalifa, inaugurated on January 4, 2010, towers 828 meters (2,716.5 feet) above Downtown Dubai, Emaar Properties’ flagship development, billed as ‘The Centre of Now,’ in the United Arab Emirates. It is the first model in LEGO Architecture’s Landmark series to represent a building outside the United States.
Designed by Chicago architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and developed by Dubai-based Emaar Properties PJSC, Burj Khalifa has been reproduced in LEGO bricks by Adam Reed Tucker, who has been responsible for the design of all the LEGO Architecture sets.
The aim of the LEGO Architecture series is to highlight and celebrate the worlds of architecture, engineering and construction through the representation of iconic and influential buildings, architects and movements.
“As an architectural artist my desire is to capture the essence of a particular architectural landmark in its pure sculptural form,” says Adam Reed Tucker. “I don’t view my models as literal replicas, but rather my own artistic interpretations through the use of LEGO bricks as a medium.”
The LEGO Burj Khalifa is available for purchase from June 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com/ and online retailers, as well as at the At the Top, Burj Khalifa retail boutique located in The Dubai Mall.