The RA LEGO Architecture Challenge

Stanton Williams participated in the Royal Academy’s LEGO Challenge, organised as part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture.

We were pitted against three other Stirling prize-winners, namely, Zaha Hadid Architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners and Witherford Watson Mann.

For our model, we imagined a dynamic city consisting of various elements: the landscape – rivers, hills, trees – and the buildings, which were represented as sculptural elements – some gridded, others more abstract – all linked by the movement and connectivity of people, vehicles and infrastructure. We believe that linking these elements and thinking about spaces between buildings are just as important as the design of the buildings themselves. A truly dynamic city is, in fact, one which is greater than the sum of its parts and not just a collection of isolated elements.

Stephen Hadley and Kalpesh Intwala from our team said:“It was great fun working with students and a small team from our studio to create an imaginary city in the fantastic setting of the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. Spontaneous input and help from children of all ages and other members of the public was especially rewarding.”

It was announced on Twitter that Stanton Williams' LEGO model was officially the public's favourite.

Photo credit: Agnese Sanvito