Volvo Construction Equipment and LEGO Technic are displaying a series of LEGO construction models designed by fans of all ages in the FutuRE:BUILD exhibition. It will be on display at London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, London, from May 10-16.
Entries designed by individuals around the world were whittled down to the top 10 models chosen by a panel of judges. The panel critiqued entrants on overall coolness and originality, most inspired details, relevance to the contest theme, and best use of LEGO elements.
Each entry also showcased technologies within construction including driverless automation, 3D printing, solar panels, and drones. Entrants were asked to build their models using at least 50 percent existing LEGO Technic bricks.
The grand prize went to Transylvanian native Vida Andras, a 27-year-old architect who was inspired by the “challenge of finding an environmental solution to construction machines,” according to a press release. His self-driving model called the Volvo Rottweiler, has a pneumatic drill, dozer, and 3D printer, making it capable of autonomously taking on any construction challenge.
“To me, the design is not just about playability, it’s about really exploring the potential for future technologies,” Andras said in a press release. “In my industry, 3D printing is one of the biggest trends at the moment, so I wanted to incorporate that into my model. I have 20 years’ experience playing with LEGO sets. I’ve loved it forever and have always had this confidence that I could sit down and build for hours and eventually it would all come together in the end.”
Source: Volvo CE