The modern Lego bricks, those interlocking colorful toy bricks from Denmark, have been around toy shops and hobby stores since 1958. Aside from being fun to play with, these toy bricks have always encouraged children and children at heart to be creative and explore unlimited potentials in creating different kinds of things. Several academic researchers have concluded that playing Lego can boost a child’s creativity. What’s more fascinating about these beautiful blocks is that they can be used to recreate famous real-life structures, such as the entire city of Paris and its famous landmarks. If you are looking for new projects to do with your Lego blocks, which aren’t included in their Architecture lineup, here are some architectural marvels in Paris which you can recreate with everyone’s favorite toy blocks.
1. Aviation Club de France
One of the oldest Art Nouveau architectural monuments still standing since 1907, Aviation Club de France has been an institution not just for Art Nouveau enthusiasts but in the international poker scene as well. Although the exterior still houses the same feeling it has—with all the façade features like hyperbolas and parabolas in windows, organic themes like vines and weeds—the interior is fully revamped to suit the taste of modern poker players. Aside from their regular poker rooms, they also have swanky private poker rooms for the bigwigs and the greatest players, including World Series of Poker bracelet holder David Benyamine, one of the best French poker players ever. Even with the dawn of online poker sites like www.partypoker.fr, Aviation Club de France still stands as a symbol of France’s love for poker. Bring this famous poker house to life with your Lego bricks, which will surely look great when you use bricks of different color.
2. The Louvre Pyramid
While the Eiffel Tower might be the globally-accepted icon of Paris, the glass pyramid entrance at the Louvre might qualify as the second in line. I.M. Pei, the think tank behind Louvre’s best feature other than the many exhibited materials in their galleries, also worked with other projects such as the Miho Museum in Japan, John F. Kennedy Library in Massachusetts, and the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. Designed to serve as both the frontage for the underground hallways and an eco-sensitive lighting solution for the museum, the pyramid used more than 600 glass panels and tons of steel metal frames to achieve this architectural masterpiece. You can use transparent Lego pieces to achieve the glass effect of the pyramid and black bricks for the frames. Bonus points if you will also recreate the smaller pyramids near the main pyramid—and the Louvre Museum, as well.