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Home Of The Brick - A visit to the LEGO House in Billund

Lego House? What?

Yes, LEGO House. I didn't know either until our visit in July. My husband mentioned it when we were planning our Denmark vacation. Then we saw the documentary on Netflix about the house and it was clear: we have to go there! I want to see and experience that in real life.

The Lego House hasn't been around that long. The official opening was in September 2017. Therefore it is still relatively unknown and therefore not overcrowded in contrast to the well-known Legoland, which actually has very little to do with Lego. At least if you compare it to this house. It was a very relaxed day for us too, despite the main holiday season.

Image (C) by LEGO press archive

I had more fun than visiting Legoland. And not just because it just wasn't overcrowded.

But also because you definitely notice that the Lego House does not belong to Merlin (the large group that operates Legoland in Billund and Germany, along with various other amusement parks, Madame Tussauds and much more). And also because it is really and truly the "Home of the Brick". There's so much love and passion in there. This house pays homage to children, childhood and the eternal child within us. In terms of creativity, of playing and, last but not least, of course, of the small, colorful stones.

I can only recommend you to pay a visit to this wonderful place! You will not regret it. I hope you enjoy this, but very detailed, article, but by no means shows and tells everything that there is to see and discover! Clicking on the pictures makes them big.

Arriving at Lego House - Welcome to the LEGO Mecca!

Even the parking garage is fun. It is not only big enough, it is also innovatively built. I would like such parking garages in Germany, please! The parking areas are sloping and therefore the driveway itself. There are no narrow and steep driveways in this car park, but wide, seamless passages to the next parking area.

The parking areas, the driveways ... everything is big enough that I can unpack the stroller without worrying about the next car running over or ramming us.

As soon as you leave the parking garage, you can already see the Lego House on the left. It is very close! * waaah *

Through a revolving door (or to the left of it through a door that can be opened automatically for handicapped people) you can quickly reach the huge, airy entrance area.

In the foyer of the LEGO House

 

In the entrance area you first stand and be amazed. It's huge, it's bright, it's breathtaking! In the spacious area there is a signpost, ticket machines, a huge toilet and locker area and the cafes and restaurants as well as green plants, framed by benches that invite you to linger.

And last but not least: a Lego store too, of course. You should definitely pay it a visit! In contrast to the stores in Merlin Park, there are exclusive minisets here, which are also available in the online shop and you can use the VIP points you have collected (and they are worth more in Denmark than in Germany! This is especially worthwhile for exclusive ones Sets that are ONLY available from LEGO, so are very stable in price).

You can also marvel at the LEGO House as a model or take part in a tower building competition. And take an elevator up to the rooftop playgrounds. This area is called the “Public Area” and, as the name suggests, is freely accessible to everyone. Without admission.

You can buy your tickets via the ticket machine or the reception next to the entrances. Everyone receives a bracelet with an NFC chip. This entitles you to entry for the entire day. So you can get out and in at any time, so that you can eat in the restaurants, but you don't have to. There are also attractive restaurants to choose from in the Billund pedestrian zone.

By the way, the bracelet can do even more, I'll get to that later! And it works very well. With this little bracelet you can see what is possible if you make an effort and try to really seriously integrate modern technology. Lego has integrated the technology very well and has given a lot of thought!

Hardly through the access control, one stands in astonishment in front of this huge tree and is amazed again:

Tree of Creativity - It consists of 6,316,611 LEGO bricks and was built by hand, in 24,350 hours of work. That's over 1000 days!

 

By the way, there is a nice anecdote about this tree that can be found in the book on LEGO House (the book can be bought on site).

The base of the tree is covered with tons of green Lego bricks that are supposed to represent grass. Now you stood in front of this pool of green stones from which the tree "grows" and thought for hours how to keep the children from climbing in and playing with the stones. Until Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen intervened and said the discussion was superfluous, the children should not be held back, they SHOULD play with the bricks and build something with them, because that's what the LEGO House would be built for.

And that pretty much describes what the Lego House is for. There is a lot to do, to touch, to build, to experience, to be amazed.

On the individual branches there are various Lego buildings from the last few decades

 

The Experience Zones

The heart of the house are the Experience Zones. On the middle floor, the most spacious and largest of all, there are four zones that differ in theme and color. Each zone has its own color and theme that can be practically explored and experienced.

In addition, each zone also has its own, themed terrace, so that you can also get some fresh air. The floors are all dampened and, thanks to the rubberized layer, not only absorb noise, but are also non-slip.

So that the article remains a bit clearer, I decided to design the whole thing with fold-out texts. With one click on the respective zone or that + Character, if the text with pictures unfolds:

If you continue through the Red Zone, you come to the Blue zone. Everything here revolves around logic and construction. First you are invited to build a car for test purposes.

There are two connectors available with different properties. Here is the very flat one, which is more about racing:

And then there is a very steep one, which is more intended for crash tests. There are a lot of gentlemen out and about here who think they have a clear view and know soooo exactly how the car has to be made so that it stays intact and manages the routes to the end. Just stop and watch the experts build ... and then fail. 😉

Incidentally, you don't have to let the cars you build drive the test tracks; you can simply put them on the wall on the shelf. They are in good company there.

Specialist talk at the construction pool
My creation!

That was not all. There is a lot more! For example, a huge area to build train tracks (I didn't do anything here, otherwise I would have slumped for hours, that's exactly my thing. Kilometers of train tracks made of Lego rails! Moah !!!) and the Robo-Lab, where you can go on an arctic Mission can program a robot.

Tschu-Tschuuuuuu! Railroad!
The Robo-Lab
City architecture

And there is an architecture zone in which you can build small houses on 6 × 6 large panels to create your own city. These have the four zone colors and the simulator's electronics reliably recognize the color of the plate and as soon as the plate is placed on the table, the dynamics of the city change. Streets and figures appear. It is fascinating.

Not only how it changes, also how it all works and, above all, HOW GOOD and .. how should I put it .. everything works smoothly. From a technical point of view.

The architecture zone
Sometimes up close
Enough space

My husband spent a long time in the field of architecture and created several buildings. And here we come to the other functions of the bracelet. There are terminals all over the house, like in the middle picture below.

terminal

You can hold your bracelet up to the yellow symbol (which has the same symbol on the NFC chip) and then take photos at the photo terminals. Or look at the pictures you have taken at the large-screen terminals, or interactively explore a virtual map of the LEGO house.

Do you think it's cool? Better to come! There is an app called “LEGO® House” directly from Lego in the Google PlayStore (and also in the Apple AppStore). Here you can enter the app code, which can also be found on the bracelet. And then you have the photos (and videos) that you took in the LEGO House in the app and can download them to your mobile phone. The images are not directly available in the app, but it can be done relatively quickly - under an hour.

Next you come to the Green Zone. The focus here is on togetherness, on the social.

There are huge LEGO worlds to discover and explore. Similar to the miniature wonderland. And there you can stand for hours and look at every detail together and still find something new that you want to show the others. It is amazing!

And that's just a small selection. We haven't discovered or photographed everything by a long way. You can see Darth Vader skiing, a pool party, children playing in the schoolyard, small mishaps, everyday things, strange things ... trains go through tunnels and mountains. There is so much to discover there! And if you were there, write me what you discovered there!

But of course that's not all. There's more. Much more! In the Green Zone you learn how the famous minifigures are made. On the wall there are various showcases that show and explain the steps from development to the finished figure. And you can also build some yourself. There are several pools that contain all kinds of minifigure components.

I would really be interested in how many components - or let's say how many kilos material - "disappear" during the day in the Lego House (* hüstl *). I can imagine that they refill regularly.

With the built minifigures you can then take photos again and, for example, design funny magazine covers.


Of course there is also a laboratory here, a “lab”. After the Creativity-Lab and the Robo-Lab, now comes the last one and that's the absolute blast: The Story-Lab! Here you can make your own stop-motion film! With special effects and everything that goes with it.

After assigning the scenery, you have 15 minutes. It works very well the first time. But if you already know your way around and plan well, you will get a video with really good length and story. There is always an employee there who you can ask and who will also instruct you.


Last comes the Yellow Zone. Here the theme is life, emotions. LEGO really comes to life here.

The most impressive thing is that there is probably no lab in the yellow zone: The Fish Designer. Here four huge monitors form an aquarium that needs to be stocked with LEGO fish.

How to do that You build them! At each screen there are two LEGO pools including a scale for how big / small the fish can be. Then they are scanned in at the terminal, you select eyes and mouth and then the real fish is transferred to the virtual aquarium.

The bustcher chooses eyes for his fish
Now he comes into the aquarium

And the Lego experts made it really cute again. The fish swims into a tube on the terminal and comes out on the big screen next door. It glitters and shines .. it is also brand new! And then he does his rounds in the aquarium.

The real built Lego fish do not have to go back into the pool in individual parts. They are allowed to move in on the wall:

 

Enough amazed at the aquarium, it continues with small animals. In the "Critter Creator" part you can build frogs and other living beings that float on air over a plate or creatures that hop around to samba sounds on another plate. Or guide his little animals through the dangerous snake path.

Critter Creator!
My little frog on the way
Danger! Don't let them eat!

Last but not least, it is relaxed. With flowers. In sight of the big one Tree of Creativity you can design your own flowers out of LEGO.

And no matter where I was there: I was always amazed at the creativity of the people. What parts can be used to conjure up great things. It's really amazing how creative people are!

 

All flowers built by visitors. As diverse as in nature!

LEGO is everywhere in this house. There are stones everywhere. Even the stairwell is made of LEGO bricks that gradually change from gray to colorful from the basement.

And if you sit on a bench somewhere: there is LEGO. No matter which floor you are on. Everywhere there are white seating, which on the right and left contain thematically corresponding Lego blocks with which you can build. And the bench itself looks like it is made of Lego. How actually everything!

Bench in the Masterpiece Gallery

 

Each zone is unique and now that I write this article I realize that we haven't done everything. Even though we spent there all day. But there is so much to do and a lot of time to be spent in each zone. For example, I haven't been to the Robo-Lab at all. And when I looked at the photos of my husband from the Green Zone, I realized that I probably hadn't seen all the worlds either.

Now that we've streamed through the Experience Zone, we're off to the

Masterpiece Gallery

Once up the stairs or the elevator, one comes out of the turbulent and loud experience zones into the very calm and white gallery of masterpieces. Here you pay tribute to the endless possibilities of the stones and especially AFOLs. AFOL = Adult Fans Of LEGO! People who are passionate about building LEGO so that they can express their creativity, no matter how old they are.


The exhibits change regularly so that there is always something new to discover. I was totally fascinated by how much you can create your own style with the stones and what people all over the world come up with.

And this was my absolute favorite! What a small amount of work is behind it! Thousands of little stones and so filigree.
Lego .. and it doesn't look like it.

 

In the middle of the gallery there are three huge dinosaurs that step on LEGO bricks and suffer corresponding torments. Do we know, eh? Each dinosaur is themed differently and consists of different components. So you should take the time to take a closer look at them.


The Masterpiece Gallery is great for marveling, breathing deeply and relaxing. It's a completely different atmosphere than down in the Experience Zones.

 

We continue in the basement with the treasury, the sanctuary:

History Collection

When you step out of the elevator, you immediately notice that everything is different here. Dim light, black floor, gray walls. Nothing colorful. Here you are in the basement, in the basement of the whole thing.

The foundations of Lego await you here. The core. The history. How it all began

Along the outside you can find out everything about the creation and company history of LEGO. From the first wooden toys, how the stones were made, that there were difficult times. There are great pictures of the family. There are many old LEGO sets on display. But also the first wooden toys, because LEGO wasn't always just small, colorful plastic bricks.

Fascinated K2 in the LEGO House
Wooden stones, prototypes

Fascinating things happen on the gray inner walls that surround the actual treasure chamber: shadows of children dance, jump and play on the walls. Quotations run down the walls. In English and Danish. It's about playing is important for children. For their development.

 

Shadow plays
One of the quotes. So true!

And of course there are also benches with LEGO around here, which not only invite you to linger a little longer and look at the exhibits or watch the shadow games. But also to get creative. Red stones on both sides invite you to build. The north lady was also totally enthusiastic and didn't want to stop. Because there are also DUPLO stones included. The little ones are also thought of here!