The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors is situated on Parliament Square in central London. In 2018 they celebrate their 150th anniversary and as part of an associated exhibition they commissioned a LEGO model of their beautiful headquarters. The model was built in about 6 weeks and transported to London at the start of 2018 ready for the opening of 'Shaping the World, Building the Future', which runs throughout the year.

I worked primarily from Google street view for this project, with a trip down to photograph  the roof in more detail, which was probably the most complicated part of this build. No interior spaces were modelled, and the supporting structure that holds up the roof was hidden from view with the use of tracing paper behind all windows. LEDs inside light the model, and the tracing paper has the added effect of distributing the light more evenly.

Facts and figures

  • Scale 1:50
  • Size 80 cm x 60 cm x 50 cm height
  • Brick count Approx. 13,000
  • Bespoke printing Flags with the RICS logo
  • Time to build 6 weeks
  • Completed December 2017
  • Client Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Where is the model? RICS HQ, Parliament Square, London