If you love Lego (and really, who doesn't?), book your plane ticket to Billund, Denmark.
On Tuesday, three generations of Lego's founding family were on hand to snap together six foundational bricks for the Lego Experience House, which is scheduled to open its doors to the public sometime in 2016. The bricks were emblazoned with six words -- learning, caring, quality, imagination, creativity, and fun -- that perfectly capture what Lego represents for millions of kids and adults around the globe.
Visitors to the Lego Experience House can expect to be blown away by the sheer size of the structure, as it will measure just under 130,000 square feet. The architect, Bjarke Ingels, designed the entire building to look like the iconic Lego brick, and a gigantic Lego brick will sit atop the 75-foot-tall building. Ingels described the concept for the building as follows.
"We have been inspired by the modularity of the Lego brick to create the Lego House," Ingels said. "It will appear like a cloud of interlocking Lego bricks that form spaces for exploration and exhibition for its visitors within. On the outside the pile of bricks form the roof of a new covered square as well as a mountain of interconnected terraces and playgrounds."
Lego hopes the Lego Experience House will deliver the ultimate Lego experience, letting people of all ages channel their creativity while building things with Lego. Visitors can share their creations with other Lego fans from around the world, as well as with the designers of official Lego products. The building will feature vast experience areas, where you can create to your heart's content, as well as a cafe, a Lego store, and several open roof terraces to hang out and talk about Lego.
The building is expected to open to the public in 2016, and aims to attract some 250,000 visitors per year. If you love Lego as much as I do, you're probably already planning your trip.