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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Design Details No. 03 - Lego Building Instructions...


During a recent trip to Copenhagen I bought a Lego rendition of the Farnsworth House - something I suspect I did probably more for myself than my children... What was interesting, however, was that the completed build, which was finely assembled by my architect wife and youngest daughter, was perhaps less engaging than the instructions outlining the assembly process of the Lego house. Having spent countless hours over traditional paper-based construction drawing (plans, elevations, sections), these Lego building construction instructions, with their narrative format and axonometric views providing a sequential step-by-step breakdown and timeline of the builds various stages, were a very suggestive revelation for how a different set of, even more complex and multifarious designs, could potentially be dealt with and explained...

How could these kinds of inforgraphics-esque sequences of instructions be applied in the clarification of various script based design conceptions (Grasshopper, GC)? How could they be used, through an ipad or its like, as a means for conveying dynamic construction drawings on site? Could these kinds of, much clearer and intuitively understood, illustrations be used to describe both the more technical (structural, mechanical, electrical, services, etc.) components as well as the more pictorial and conceptually explanatory (shown to clients & colleagues) types of 'drawings' (& animations) be used to turn today's construction-drawings into a more accurate and more easily implementable format reflective of the more recent developments used to conceive pieces of architecture..?

There's much to muse about...



 Stages 10 (above, above) and 27 (above) of the assembly process...

 The Completed Lego build of the Farnsworth House...


All drawn illustrations sourced from the instruction booklet accompanying the Lego building...

2 comments:

sketchbloom said...

Love this!

Thomas said...

Thanks... More similar musings in the future...