Famed Danish toymaker LEGO seems to be assured that the way forward for interlocking plastic constructing bricks is an exceeding superior one. Simply weeks after saying a huge headquarters enlargement that’s slated to kick off subsequent yr, LEGO Group has formally accomplished its years-in-the-making, multi-phase LEGO Campus mission in its hometown of Billund.
Led by C.F. Møller Architects, one in every of Denmark’s largest and most venerable structure corporations, within the position of each design architect and panorama architect, the roughly 560,000-square-foot workplace complicated is comprised of eight interconnected (naturally) “constructing components” which have been “merged to create a steady work and place house” for two,000 LEGO Group staff–or “colleagues” as the corporate refers to them. As famous by C.F. Møller in a press launch, the person constructing components “echo the size of the encircling LEGO services in addition to town of Billund, and the ensemble intentionally avoids uniformity in favor of variety and playful twists, to replicate the multitude of choices that LEGO play represents.”
The primary two “components” that type LEGO Group’s new company campus first debuted in 2019 as a portion of the mission’s first section; this included a squat workplace block topped off with a Paul Bunyan–sized cantilevered yellow brick that homes assembly house. In complete, two of those colossal, LEGO brick-esque volumes at the moment are perched atop the compound’s sedum-covered rooftops together with a mini-golf course and a greenhouse. The greenery that blankets the constructing rooftops extends all through the whole campus, which doubles as a sprawling public park for Billund full with strolling trails, lush gardens, and outside furnishings comprised of recycled LEGO waste.
Though there’s loads occurring all through the kaleidoscopic headquarters, a central point of interest is the Campus Sq.. The title is a contact deceptive as this anchoring house is round and centered round a sky-lit, four-story atrium full with a meandering yellow staircase wrapping across the hovering house.
Along with the extremely photogenic Campus Sq., one other main component—one touted closely by LEGO Group—is a tradition and exercise hub often known as the Folks Home. Developed in partnership with LEGO Group colleagues, the Folks Home is envisioned as a spot for “leisure, inspiration and recharging,” and is supposed to, as the corporate defined, “allow a extra versatile atmosphere to work and play and is reflective of the hybrid working model that’s in place throughout the LEGO Group.”
To that finish, among the many Folks Home’s many facilities embrace health services, lodgings for visiting staff, a movie show, communal kitchen, well being clinic, and extra. Provided that the Folks Home primarily capabilities as a house away from residence, households of LEGO colleagues have entry to the Folks Home, which is unfold all through the ground-floors of the interconnected particular person buildings. As famous by C.F. Møller, the connective tissue between the completely different buildings, most of them rising simply three or 4 tales, is realized as a sequence of “small squares with brightly colored stairways [that] type social nodes and wayfinding markers.”
Exterior of the Lego Campus and its Folks Home, residence for a lot of LEGO staff is Billund, a fairly compact burg in Denmark’s scenic Jutland countryside. With a inhabitants of simply north of 6,000 folks throughout the city correct, Billund is one in every of one Scandinavia’s better-known (and most-visited) firm cities and is comparable in measurement and character to IKEA’s ancestral birthplace-slash-design hub of Älmhult, Sweden, however with an enormous theme park and worldwide airport on its speedy outskirts.
As talked about, LEGO Group’s footprint inside Billund is about to develop even additional with the 90-year-old firm’s enlargement plans that had been first unveiled in February. Per the corporate, investments are set to incorporate the brand new so-called Kornmarken Campus that can hyperlink the prevailing LEGO manufacturing unit with a brand new roughly half-million-square-foot constructing. An estimated 1,900 staff will work from this newly established campus on the fringes of Billund that brings collectively each factory-based colleagues and colleagues from the Engineering & High quality and Engineering & Office departments, who’re at the moment scattered at completely different places throughout city. Within the coronary heart of Billund, there are additionally plans to assemble a brand new workplace constructing that can operate as an Innovation Campus for LEGO Group, offering “a devoted house for product innovation and product know-how growth,” per the corporate.
Building work on each the Kornmarken Campus and the downtown Innovation Campus are slated to kick off subsequent yr; each are set to open in 2025.
Again at C.F. Møller’s just-opened most important LEGO Campus (which isn’t too removed from BIG’s LEGO Home expertise heart), sustainability performed an integral position in its design. Along with the inexperienced roofs and huge expanses of open house meant to foster biodiversity, sustainable options of the LEED Gold campus embrace superior rainwater harvesting, an intensive waste diversion scheme, passive daylighting techniques, and the usage of recycled/recyclable supplies all through. The campus can also be partly powered by photo voltaic panels positioned on the rooftop of a close-by parking construction.
Becoming a member of C.F. Møller on the mission was engineer Niras and contractor Okay.G. Hansen & Sønner.