If you or anyone in your family has ever had a Lego set, you will know that one of the easiest things to build is a Lego house. An Israel-based property developer decided to take that a step further by designing Smart Bricks, which can be used to build real life houses with bricks that fit together just like Lego does.
The Smart Bricks prototype was created by Ronnie Zohar and his company Kite Bricks, based on the idea that companies could order a construction kit and then receive all components needed for the build in one easy package.
Every single block is custom made using concrete in relation to the architect’s plans for the building. The bricks are then slotted together and can be used for a range of large-scale structures, including houses, offices and bridges.
In terms of insulation, the removable block faces allow access to the infrastructure, so that insulation can be added and removed easily, and any broken pipes and cables can easily be accessed and fixed.
Another great thing about the Lego blocks is that they come completely finished, so no extra work is needed to reshape or waterproof them. Kite Bricks said:
“The block allows for faster, cheaper, more precise, and stronger building than is available through traditional building methods.
“Architects consulted in brick development see a whole new world of possibilities and opportunities with the brick for making inexpensive, revolutionary structures, from single homes to multi-storey towers.”
The firm also claim that these bricks can save energy and cut costs, as they allow for a controlled room temperature and include a 50% reduction in building costs. There is also never any debris left at building sites due to the ready-made brick packages.
Smart Bricks really could be the future of our cities, as the brick’s patented design is flexible and therefore can be relevant to any city around the world. They are cheap and can be constructed using a range of different materials, meaning they can be made to reflect local availabilities and traditions.
Unfortunately the bricks are still only a prototype and Zohar needs another £1.75 million in funding to make the Lego style bricks available to the construction industry.
In Amsterdam there is already a giant 3D printed home that’s been made using giant plastic bricks. The bricks have been slotted together, just like Lego, and were made using a 6m tall printer called the “Room Builder.
The Lego like bricks were then filled with foam, which hardens like concrete, to secure the structure and weigh it down. The only downfall with 3D printed bricks is that each individual brick takes a week to print out, meaning the houses could take a very long time to build from scratch.
So could Lego bricks be the future? Until more funding is available or faster printers are invented we can’t be too sure.