Hidden down a cut through alleyway just off of Pirie St, is a secret tiny city that looks exactly like the streets of Adelaide that we see every day – right down to the cute little tram timetables! Except this mini replica of North Terrace and surrounds is made from LEGO bricks. To give you an idea of how extravagant this is, one of the buildings alone takes about 8,500+ pieces. The impressive model was built by the Southern Bricks LEGO User Group with technology created by the University of Adelaide.
The group behind the build, Southern Bricks LEGO User Group, are a community of LEGO fans ranging from adults to kids and families from across South Australia who share their LEGO hobbies with each other, build great friendships and LEGO models, and enjoy themselves in the process. They’ve joined up with Adelaide Smart City Studio, who endeavour to create smart city solutions for Adelaide, which is demonstrated in the smart transport, smart lighting, and energy monitoring seen in the LEGO Adelaide City.
They hope this model will educate people about the concept of “smart cities”, engage the community to gather insight and feedback around what people want from future Adelaide as a smart city, and get stakeholders to embrace technology to improve the lives of those who live and work in Adelaide.
For the time being you’ll be able to find this masterpiece at the Adelaide Smart City Studio. Although it’s behind some glass, your chance to see it up close is not far off. They’re bringing the whole (LEGO) city to Brick-a-laide over the Easter long weekend (April 14 and 15). If you’re anything like us, you’re probably way too busy to go track this down right now so Brick-a-laide is the perfect opportunity to check it out. For those of you who aren’t familiar, Brick-a-laide is South Australia’s largest LEGO fan event at the Adelaide Convention Centre which features over 100 LEGO exhibitors and creations like this.
Don’t miss out on seeing it with your own eyes, you can buy tickets to Brick-a-laide here.