Using LEGO‘s monochromatic architecture set launched earlier this year, three world-class architecture studios – Snøhetta, SOM, and SHoP – were recently briefed by Wired to see what they could come up with, and the results are impressive to say the least. Each taking a markedly different approach based on personal preference and experience the three studios have created awe-inspiring structures, the real-life likes of which are still fantasies in the minds of the architects who imagined them.

Attempting to capture the plastic bricks’ relationship to gravity, Snøhetta’s New York office created an L-like structure that appears to float, balanced on a small plinth. In stark contrast to this minimalism, Gregg Pasquarelli of SHoP Architects conceived a futuristic cityscape influenced by the Japanese metabolism movement and his experience with LEGO as a kid where he would copy the buildings he saw on the Manhattan skyline. Pasquarelli’s design is supplemented with his own custom 3D printed wave-like LEGO bricks used in the facades. SOM took an even more conceptual approach, freezing their structure in a block of ice. This unique design means the structure’s interior is revealed as the ice melts, gradually creating a dialogue between the material and the LEGO bricks. (via)