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The pavilion was made of Legioblocks – painted concrete blocks that resembled Lego bricks.

ENSCHEDE – A temporary pavilion in Enschede, the Netherlands, was a larger-than-life toy block structure.

The pavilion was made of Legioblocks – concrete blocks that resemble Lego bricks – coloured in bright, primary tones just like the originals. Arranged in honeycomb patterns, the giant blocks reflected and enhanced sunlight through the day.

Its creators were visual artist Filip Jonker and Project.DWG Architecture, who together form collective Loos.FM. They say they opted to build a church-like building with a 20m tall spire so that it would stand out in the city.

‘The pavilion makes a connection between something grand and overwhelming (the church and its size) and something playful, simple and comprehensible (Lego),' they say.

The project gave a more creative, fun purpose to the concrete blocks, which are generally dumped in harbours or scrap yards.

‘The reference to Lego bricks often call up feelings of remembrance, sentiment and creativity,’ Jonker says. ‘The size of the church on the other hand, inspires the spectator with awe.’

The pavilion was created for the GrensWerk Arts Festival last year, serving as a meeting point and a stage for performance and exhibitions.


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