Warsaw’s Palace of Culture and Science was originally build by Russian architect Lew Rudniew in 1952-1955. This LEGO brick version was built by me (Jetboy) during 2015-2016.
This build consist of almost 30000 bricks, is over 125 cm high, and it is the biggest thing i ever built. It’s base 4×5 baseplates, although i seen bigger things built out of LEGO bricks, is huge enough to call it crazy.
In late 2015 Polish LUGs were approached by LEGO Poland, to build some most iconic Polish landmarks AFOL style fir their Zone of Adult Fans of LEGO. We made projects in LDD, and 4 of them were selected to be built with real bricks. Palace of Culture and Science was one of them. It took me about half year from starting project in LDD to handing the model to LEGO Poland, it was and adventure of it’s own. I will write in depth article about it soon. Subscribe, so you will not miss it!
I was building it keeping LEGO Architecture style in mind. That’s why there is that black, stripe around it. The thing is that Palace is so huge, i had to make it 2 studs wide, as one stud tiles would be hardly noticeable.
If you try to determine what color should the building be in, you can get puzzled. Originally it was built white, but it changed color quicker than white bricks get yellowish, it got dirty and gloomy over the times, then it was a little bit refreshed, not to be white, but more like the lego tan. Then it’s color depends on time of year, lightning conditions and a camera you take your photos with. But for me it was a symbol of communist times where everything was gray and gloomy, so i decided to build it in Light Bluish Gray, that does it justice, and has one of the widest assortments of bricks available.
There is quite a lot of details everywhere, and there are some interesting techniques i had to develop to run ledges freely around in a way i needed them to go.
But all those ornament were not that hard to build, compared to Hall of Kongress. That round part was a pain to recreate in bricks, which are not really suited to represent curved shapes. After many attempts at different solutions, i’m pretty happy with how it ended up. Take a look yourself:
I want to thank LEGO Poland for letting me took part in this project, i wouldn’t be able to build it otherwise. I had a chance to spread my wings and build without thinking about the costs, just deciding on solutions based on what looks better, the luxury, even the Lego Designers rarely enjoy. I think i used my chance well.
Take a look at the Palace of Science and Culture for the last time, and remember to subscribe so you will be able to read behind the scenes article that will come soon, probably before the end of the month. Plus there are some more interesting projects to be published 😉