How James May's Lego house was modelled in 3D

Building a life-size Lego house is no mean feat and requires the same sort of architectural design as the real thing. For the recent BBC TV show James May's Toy Stories, Barnaby Gunning Architects first created the house in 3D in Luxology modo before building work could start.

With an army of construction workers waiting in the wings, Barnaby Gunning, principal at Barnaby Gunning Architects, had only two weeks to finish the two story, single bedroom home design before over 2,000 members of the general public and a dedicated team of volunteers were brought in to physically build the structure using nearly 3 million standard sized Lego bricks.

The completed house at Denbies vineyard, near Reigate in Surrey.

In order to meet the tight deadline, Gunning used modo 401 to create a virtual Lego set using the Lego pieces to build models of each basic component.

"Modo gave us a feel for the material quality of LEGOs as a large-scale building material long before we were actually able to put any of the components together," said Gunning. "It made it easy for us to lay out exactly what we needed to build this structure and helped keep tabs on the number of bricks being used for each piece."

Renders of the house created in modo.

A textured virtual model of the entire LEGO house was also made and used to explore the layout and overall design of the final product. Gunning explained how using modo helped speed up his design process, saying, "Creating the instructions for building each component could have been very time consuming. Instead, we were able to write a simple script that created the various pyramids quickly from our virtual LEGO set, which was a major added benefit."


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