After four years of planning and construction, the Lego Group has opened the first phase of its new campus at its headquarters in Billund, Denmark.
Designed by C.F. Møller Architects, the campus will span 54,000m2 and house more than 2,000 employees when completed in 2021.
The inspiration for the new building came from a painting in the Lego Group owner Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen’s office. The picture features a boy proudly holding up his creation made with Lego bricks.
The building design includes Lego bricks in the exterior walls, two giant yellow bricks on the roof, and an entryway made of plastic bricks.
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.
The building has been designed to give special attention to sustainability – part of the Lego group’s “Planet Promise”.
As part of this the roof of the nearby parking garage has been covered with 4,150 solar panels, producing up to 1 million kWh. This could fulfil the energy needs of half the campus.
The rooftops of the new buildings are covered with sedum moss. This converts CO2 to oxygen, while also absorbing rain water which can be used to irrigate the campus area.
Founded in 1932, the first plastic Lego blocks were produced in 1949. Between 1958 and 2013 the company produced approx. 650 billion individual pieces. This translates to 62 pieces for each person on the planet.
Lego products are now sold in 130 countries.