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Lego gets injection of real-life practicality at London Design Festival

Lego gets injection of real-life practicality at London Design Festival

Toys come in and out of fashion, that’s a given. Unless you’re Lego. But Lego's application extends far beyond the spaceships and buildings you might have created as a kid, as this latest greenhouse creation from the 2011 London Design Festival shows. 

The plastic giant has commissioned London-based industrial designer Sebastian Bergne to create a large-scale public piece of art using the blocks. The result? A functioning greenhouse located in Convent Garden with walls, floors and even the earth made out of the building blocks. 

In discussing his design, Bergne said: 

"Its pitched roof references reflect the architecture that surrounds it, while the plants inside bring nature back to this area once famous for its garden trade. In daylight, the structure looks very much like an ordinary suburban greenhouse dropped into a new environment. Yet at night, it assumes another character entirely. It is transformed into a magical box, glowing and lit it seems, by the life of the plants it contains."