You may know him from the hit British tv show Top Gear, but cars aren’t James May’s only passion.
May and a team of 1,000 volunteers used over 3.3million Lego pieces to design and build a two- story house made of bricks, complete with Lego pets and working plumbing. It’s an incredible structure, but what do you do with a Lego project that big when you’re done putting it together?
After making a deal to buy the house, Legoland changed its mind, realizing that is would cost over $70,000 to move the massive structure. Lego licensing rights also prohibit any other buyers from profiting off of the house, as the company has exclusive rights to use Legos for British public attractions.
Since the winery on which the house was built could not keep it there permanently, and no one else offered to take it, the entire house had to be dismantled. All the bricks are being donated to charity.
It’s a shame that a home could not be found for this beautifully crafted Lego house and unfortunate that those behind the project did not design the structure too be more easily moved. I can’t help but wonder if it was necessary to take apart the entire building and everything in it. Could the flushable Lego toilet have been saved? But, as many have pointed out, Legos are made to build temporary creations and then reused in new projects. Who knows what wonderful things those donated bricks will turn into?
For more pictures of the Lego house, check out this link.