While we’re still on the fence with regards to whether we’re happy or sad about the modern revival of the boxy, unyielding shapes that dominated the Brutalist architecture movement, one Berlin-based man is so enamoured with the this stark aesthetic that he’s immortalised a number of buildings using LEGO bricks.
Arndt Schlaudraff has professed to be ‘totally addicted to Berlin architecture’, and clearly to the Brutalist look in particular, which soared during the 1950s and is dominated by imposing fortress-like structures, rugged surfaces and raw concrete.
He’s therefore used the LEGO Architecture Studio set – another of his great loves – to recreate Brutalist structures from Germany and farther afield using the tiny toy bricks. In addition to transforming existing well-known buildings into little LEGO models, he also crafts structures from his own imagination or from an amalgamation of architectural beauties he’s seen.
The world was made aware of Arndt’s incredibly intricate creations through Instagram, where he regularly posts images of his works. We’ve picked out a few of our favourites below:
the salk institute for biological studies in california
the innovation centre uc in chile
This is the Innovation Center UC in Santiago/Chile from this years pritzker prize winner Alejandro Aravena. Well deserved price winner. Congratulations! #alejandroaravena #innovationcenteruc #chile #architecture #brutalism #brutalarchitecture #legoarchitecture #legoarchitecturestudio #lego #pritzkerprize2016 A photo posted by Arndt Schlaudraff (@lego_tonic) on
the barcelona pavilion in spain
arndt’s personal version of a brutalist embassy
This is my version of a brutalist embassy. #brutalism #brutalarchitecture #embassy#architecture #lego #legoarchitecture #legoarchitecturestudio #design #whitebricks #bricks A photo posted by Arndt Schlaudraff (@lego_tonic) on
a structure inspired by the st klemenz catholic church in switzerland
arndt’s own creation: a staircase tower
I had the idea of a tower with outside staircase – not really for usage but as a decorative element. This is the result…. #staircasetower #architecture #legoarchitecturestudio #lego #legoarchitecture A photo posted by Arndt Schlaudraff (@lego_tonic) on
a bauhaus-esque private residence
If you’d like to keep up with what Arndt Schlaudraff is up to, you can follow him on Instagram.