The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Building Bricks Of LEGO Campus In Place

The first phase LEGO's headquarters in Billund, Denmark has opened
26 November 2019 | Updated 29 November 2019
 

The first two buildings have been set in place, as after four years of planning and construction, the LEGO Group opened the first phase of its new, state-of-the-art campus in Billund, Denmark at the end of October.

Designed by C.F. Møller Architects, the campus will span 54,000 square metres and house more than 2,000 employees when it is finished in 2021. 

Brick by brick, the building is designed to inspire innovation and creativity whilst expressing imagination, creativity, fun, learning and caring.

The new buildings came from a painting in the LEGO Group owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen’s office. In it, a boy holds up his creation of a building made with LEGO bricks. This gave the architects licence to adopt a more playful approach to their design, something that is apparent in the details of the structure. These include the use of LEGO bricks in the exterior walls, the placement of two, gigantic yellow bricks on the roof and an entryway made of bricks.

 

Inspiring creativity

Niels B. Christiansen, CEO of the LEGO Group said:  “It’s wonderful to see these first two buildings open. The team has worked hard to create a workspace that reflects our values and instils a sense of fun. Our mission is to inspire children so it’s important we provide our talented colleagues with an environment that is playful and inspires creativity and innovative thinking.”

 

Neighbourhoods

For the past two years, Anneke Beerkens, Senior Workplace Anthropologist at the LEGO Group, has worked with hundreds of employees from around the world to design the ultimate LEGO workplace.

Beerkens said: “In the same way you build with LEGO bricks, we took elements our people love and brought them all together to create something unique. For example, employees told us that they wanted the freedom to choose an environment that suited them best for whatever they were working on but also liked to stay close to teammates.  So we built team ‘neighbourhoods’ which are a mix of individual and collaborative workspaces designed to create a caring environment where people can do great quality work.” 

Five hundred employees have already moved into two of the eight new buildings, which also include play areas, lounges and outdoor parks open to the public.

 

Focus on sustainability

The LEGO Group has made a 'Planet Promise'. To meet this promise, builders covered the roof of the nearby parking garage with 4,150 solar panels to produce more than 1 million kWh which will supply half of the energy of the campus. The exterior of the garage is decorated with a design inspired by LEGO road playmats in a nod to the company’s iconic products. 

The rooftops of the new buildings are covered with Sedum plants which absorb water and CO2. Rainwater will be used to irrigate the green parks in the campus area.

Inside, the consultants chose a special gypsum fibre board material over standard materials because this stronger material requires less steel framing, saving 22 tons of steel and 650 tons CO2 emissions.

When finalized in 2021, the central area, called People House, will offer a large auditorium, fitness centre, arts and crafts workshop, café and accommodation for employees visiting Billund. 

Picture: The first phase LEGO's headquarters in Billund, Denmark has opened.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 26 November 2019

Share



Related Articles

Solar Solution to Ease Pressure of Climate Change

A company best known for its pressure washers in the UK has taken a huge step in increasing environmental performance by deploying 967 solar panels on its HQ...

 Read Full Article
Retain, Reuse - Refurbishment Hits The Green Spot

Simon Swietochowski of Arup Architecture, looks at how 1 Triton Square could be a gamechanger for building reuse – showing that refurbishments can be exciting,...

 Read Full Article
What is the Aim of COP27?

COP27, held in Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt, is the 27th United Nations Climate Change conference, with around 40,000 people expected to attend. Over 100 heads of states...

 Read Full Article
BBP Launches Guide for Real Estate Climate Change Resilience

The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) has launched a new guide for BBP Climate Commitment signatories and other real estate companies on climate...

 Read Full Article
UK Leads in the Future of Post-EV Technology

The UK’s Transportation and Storage sector is now the eighth-fastest growing sector in the country and the second-ranked sector for business growth in the past...

 Read Full Article
RIBA School Film Links Climate Change and the Built Environment

The Royal Institute of British Architects has released a film and suite of learning resources to teach 13-16-year-olds about the link between climate change and the built...

 Read Full Article
World's First Climate Change Patient?

A woman in Canada has recently been the first to be diagnosed with health complications as a direct result of climate-change-induced weather experience. Dr Kyle Merrit...

 Read Full Article
BEIS Climate Plan Urging Plant-Based Diet Deleted

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial strategy recently published a Net Zero principles report that recommended plant-based diets, however this was deleted...

 Read Full Article
Is 5G the Catalyst Needed to Fight Climate Change?

The accelerated roll-out of 5G connectivity across Europe and the UK will have an immediate and catalysing impact in reducing CO2 emissions, according to a new study...

 Read Full Article
Volvo and Lego Engineers Collaborate on Smart Construction Technology

Meet Volvo prototype LX03 – billed as the intelligent future of construction. LX03 is a fully autonomous, battery-electric prototype by Volvo Construction...

 Read Full Article