Toy maker offers sleepover in Lego house The parent's bedroom with cat and newspaper all made of Lego bricks inside the new Lego sleepover house teamed up with Airbnb, in Billund, Denmark. (AP Photo/James Brooks)
Toy maker offers sleepover in Lego house
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Lego is having a sleepover. It is at its newly-opened Lego House in Denmark.

The Danish toy company has teamed up with Airbnb to allow one family to stay the night at its new attraction. It's a 129,167 square-foot building. It is filled with 25 million colorful plastic bricks.

There's a parents' bedroom. It features a Lego cat. It has slippers and a coffee pot. It even has a newspaper made from the bricks. There is a children's bedroom. It has a Lego teddy bear. It has a lamp and story book. Towering above the child's bed is a 20-foot tall Lego brick waterfall. It is surrounded by a seemingly bottomless pool of - you guessed it - Lego bricks.

"What I do as a as a job is I actually make the products that you can buy at the toy stores." That's according to Lego design manager Jamie Berard. "So, to do something like this outrageous waterfall or to recreate a bedroom out of what is currently not really a living space is a wonderful challenge."

The promotional effort comes as the company tries to revive its sales. Sales are falling for the first time in 13 years. Lego said in September it was cutting 1,400 jobs. That's eight percent of its workforce.

Those who want to join Lego's private sleepover must enter a competition and describe what they would build if they had an endless supply of Lego bricks. The winner will get the chance to create their entry under expert supervision. It is part of their stay.

The house was designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. Lego House opened in late September after four years' building work. The attraction is located in central Billund. It is a small town in Danish Jutland where the toy company is headquartered.

Towering at the building's center is a 15-meter tall Lego brick tree. It is named the "Tree of Creativity.” It took over 24,000 working hours to construct. Made from over six million bricks, it charts the gradual evolution of the toy company's creations.

The competition launched last Thursday and is set to run till mid-November. The winner's family will visit Lego House on Nov. 24.

This isn't Airbnb's first sleepover contest. Last year it invited people to spend a night next to the shark tank at Paris Aquarium. And people could sleep at "Dracula's castle" in Romania. It was the first time Bran Castle welcomed overnight guests since 1948.

The Lego experience is rather tame by comparison, unless barefoot visitors should unwittingly step on a stray Lego brick. Adults are advised to wear Lego-proof slippers just to be safe.

"I wish I was the one that could just sleep in here," says seven-year-old Albert Landbo. He was visiting with his brother Gustav and their parents. He was asked what creation he proposed for the competition. He said: "I think I would make a little baby husky."

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COMMENTS (23)
  • sylviemb-buh
    11/07/2017 - 10:14 a.m.

    Wow! There's a house made of Legos, and you can sleep in it! I think this is really cool, but it probably was really hard work! But you would have to travel all the way to Denmark to go to it. It took 4 years to build!

  • madysonw-cel
    11/07/2017 - 12:07 p.m.

    They're used to building small toys, not big buildings. The building is 129,167 square feet. They were also very detailed in building the building.

  • averycc
    11/08/2017 - 09:21 a.m.

    The Lego house took four years to build because it was such a big place. Lego's are so small in order to build a Lego house it would take along time. Every detail counts. You also have to make sure the house is stable for people to spend a night in. It could fall apart easily. It took 24,000 hours and over 6 million Lego's to build the Lego House.

  • sergioar-
    11/08/2017 - 09:24 a.m.

    It took four years because there were 2 million bricks to build a big lego house. Since the bricks are so small, they have to make sure the structure is able to stand. and not let the structure fall on the family.

  • ZachD-3
    11/08/2017 - 09:28 a.m.

    I think it took four years to build the Lego house because they probably were trying to be careful so it did not fall apart. They were probably making sure whatever they were building was as realistic as it could be, and they need to make sure it was sturdy enough so it does not break and to make it stand up if it needs to.

  • DannyC-kor
    11/08/2017 - 09:52 a.m.

    This is a cool story about legos

  • calliy-orv
    11/08/2017 - 10:05 a.m.

    i like this challenge and would like to try to do this challenge one day i think i would make it even if i have to sleep next to a shark tank or sleep with a lion but it better be nice i would like to sleep in a leg go house for the rest of my life and if i were to have to build something out of leg go it would be a big strawberry.

  • kylel-buh
    11/08/2017 - 01:50 p.m.

    Lego is having a sleepover. It is at its newly opened lego house in den mark.



    MY OPINION IS: that this would be soo cool to go to and stay in for a whole night. it would be so cool living with 25 million Lego bricks surrounding you.

  • ThomasM-buh
    11/09/2017 - 09:12 a.m.

    I think its cool that the lego land had a sleepover the house is located in Denmark it looks cool in the picture it looks very cosy. I like that it has so many legos around the bed and a lego waterfall made with rainbow colours and the alarm clocks look very detailed so does the cat and the newspaper it took 4 years to build this Lego house

  • calebr-orv
    11/13/2017 - 11:50 a.m.

    i like dic

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