01 September, 2009

James May Lego House update #2

James May Lego House
So Sunday we popped back over to Dorking (to the Denbies estate) to see what the progress was on James May's Lego House project (our previous visit being something of a let down), this time (thankfully) there was *much* more to see, starting with the signs leading you (on a bit of a roundabout) route up to the site of the house itself -
James May Lego House
- on a ridge, high above the complex below -
James May Lego House
- the walk up took about fifteen minutes I guess (although that is at my brisk walking pace), the terrain is somewhat uneven and rocky and the paths do get quite steep in places (especially when you reach the house itself), so if you are planning a trip it's probably wise to bring some sensible shoes (and perhaps something to drink if it's a hot day) -
James May Lego House
- there are a lot of grapes you could try and eat if parched, but I'm not sure Chardonnay grapes are good for eating (I didn't try)...
James May Lego House
Anyway, reaching the house itself, it's clear that it's not *completely* made from Lego, if you look up towards the top (where they are still building) there is a very obvious timber frame in evidence (not exactly cheating though, as my normal brick house also has one, I guess) -
James May Lego House
- there are also a *huge* number of boxes laying around, which (I'm guessing) used to contain Lego bricks...
James May Lego House
If you look closely at the walls, you will notice that they are peppered with "window" bricks, just to afford a little ambient light inside, but also the odd very large crack -
James May Lego House
- where the bricks are starting to come apart (possibly something to do with the use of various different colours of bricks, which would, most probably, expand and contract at different rates as the sun warms them up) -
James May Lego House
- there was also, inexplicably, one small section where the uniform use of colours has been thrown out the window, and random colours were used...
James May Lego House
...oh and (of course) James May's signature on one of the corners (with the year of construction), hinting that the structure might be a semi-permanent feature of the estate, perhaps... ;)
Around the back (necessitating increasingly long looping uphill/downhill walks around long avenues of vines) -
James May Lego House
- you can see boxes of the larger blocks used for construction -
James May Lego House
- if you check out this shot you get the idea -
James May Lego House
- each of the larger (hollow) bricks is constructed from the smaller Lego bricks, they have then been laid in rows around the timber frame and then, perhaps, filled with builders expanding foam (well, that's what I would do, anyway)... ;)

So there we go...if you fancy popping along, that is all you can expect to see, don't think you'll be able to run up and down the Lego stairs or flush the Lego toilet - James May has posted security guards (really) to keep everyone at a safe distance...
Denbies of Dorking
Oh, and it was only upon getting back down from the ridge that I spotted the wally trolley (presumably) taking people up to see it in more leisurely fashion...Oh well... ;)

More pictures here on the Lego House Flickr Stream (if you like this sort of thing)...

8 comments:

Flyingpops said...

what you forgot to add was that Mummy and Thomas sat in the car, had a feed and then fell asleep whilst we were waiting for you xxx

-MR X- said...

hahaha @ Flyingpops - when Fink had said he was keeping a "brisk" pace, I was wondering how you'd cope with that. Having said that - you shouldn't even be back in a car yet should you?!?

Great update though - I was wondering how that was going!

Ys said...

This is such a great idea :) Thanks for the update.

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

They just told her not to drive until the doctor said it was okay for her to do so...she would have gone absolutely mad if she had been completely house-bound! ;)

Building Materials Supplies said...

"James May Lego House update #2"

Great post

-MR X- said...

Its gonna be demolished unless a buyer is found:


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8266896.stm

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

The story was in the Daily Mirror yesterday, guess it's probably gone by now then! :(

¨°º©[ Fink ]©º°¨ said...

It's gone!