National museum of scotland lego

National Museum of Scotland lego model

Posted on: June 8th, 2020

A little while ago we visited the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and saw the lego model of the building.  This former Royal Museum building was begun in 1861, it has a Victorian Venetian Renaissance facade and a grand central hall of cast iron construction that rises the full height of the building. It underwent a major refurbishment and reopened on 29 July 2011. After a three-year, £47 million project to restore and extend the building, incorporating the adjacent museum of Scotland.

I love this building. I have been very fond of it for many years. When I was at University in Edinburgh I often sought solace in here when I needed space to think, without distraction. I love the loftiness, the tall slender columns and the glass roof which lightens the whole space. As a student, I would wander around the atrium space and sense the calmness of the space. Occasionally, I would sit on a chair on one of the many levels and sketch designs and brainstorm ideas without the distractions of other students.

National museum of scotland atrium

When we were there, we looked at many of the exhibitions and marveled at the time frame of the exhibits. In the central atrium space we found a lego model at a scale of 1:50 of the building we were in. It had been created two years previously and you can read a blog about that process and the people who built it here. 

National museum of scotland lego

National museum of scotland lego

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing this model. I marveled at the detail and the accuracy. The fine, slender columns, the railings and the arch details. The details of the long flight of steps up to the large imposing pairs of front doors.

National museum of scotland lego

National museum of scotland lego

I love the cutaway sections through the building. When looking inside, you can marvel at the workings of the museum and how it is constructed. A unique view of architecture you do not usually get to experience.

I still love Architecture in all of its forms from sketches, to design drawings, detail drawings, models and the built environment around us. It is such a privilege to be part of it.