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LEGO to release 2,989-brick Sydney Opera House in September

This September LEGO will release one of its largest mass-market architectural sets to date: Sydney Opera House. Using a total of 2,989 bricks, owners can construct the recognisable curves and steps of the Sydney Opera House on the largest blue stud baseplate ever manufactured by LEGO (48 by 48 studs).

In total the building will be 23cm high by 63.5cm wide by 38cm deep and will incorporate a wealth of rare LEGO bricks in ‘dark tan’. Complex design has ensured that the completed model can be moved and handled with ease and the subtle detailing of Jorn Utzon and Ove Arup’s original building is captured in an achievable way.

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA) have designed a new home for LEGO in Billund, Denmark, with Bjarke Ingels confessing: “I owe a huge personal debt to the LEGO brick, and I can see in my nephews that its role in developing the child as a creative, thinking, imaginative human being becomes ever stronger in a world in which creativity and innovation are key elements in virtually all aspects of society.” Details of the LEGO House can be seen here.

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