Beat the Architect’ at the Harley Gallery

Fun was had by all at the Harley Gallery today

I’ve said before that I have wanted to be an architect for as long as I can remember, and often wonder if it started with my love of LEGO® and the creations that I built. Nothing was ever built on the size or scale of the models at the Brick City Exhibition at the Harley Gallery, which has some of the world’s favourite buildings recreated in LEGO® bricks by Warren Elsmore.

As well as the superb displays, today the gallery held a ‘Challenge the Architect’ event, in conjunction with RIBA East Midlands. Soul Architects were asked to design a building in LEGO® in a time trial undertaken by Carl and then children and adults could try to beat his best time. There was a huge turn-out (a lot more than expected!) and a large number of entrants, with those that beat the time winning a LEGO® key-ring and a main prize for the best overall time.

I’m not going to say that the mums and dads were more competitive than the kids, but I think it did take many back to their childhood! I may be showing my age but we did reminisce about the lack of size, shape and colours compared to today, in fact I do now own the LEGO® Architecture Studio, which is an all-white version, with specific shapes, helpful to architects!

Would I do it again? Definitely. It was great fun – and good luck to all the budding architects of the future that we met today!