Only for six days! The House of Dots is at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross, London, and the venue launches a new range of fun stuff from LEGO. Visitors are able to see and use the new Lego Dots which is a childrens’ building block system. The house itself is a work by artist Camilla Walala, designed to show the best of the new LEGO Dots. Its said 180 children helped to create the exhibition which consists of two million LEGO Dots! Basically the House of Dots is the public launch of LEGO’s new product and the interactive exhibition is designed to show the capabilities of these new building blocks.
I only knew of the new pop up exhibition because I was in Coal Drops Yard a week ago and saw the early stages of the house being built. Someone (not the actual Lego people) did tell me it was to do with Lego and looking at the shape of the structure that was being formed, it made sense! Here’s a couple of pictures (which I also posted on social media on the 25th January.) Thus its the reason I resolved to come back once it was complete – and see what the fuss was all about!
Here’s some of the pictures I took a week back…
The first day the structure was being built, this is the 25 January 2020. The archway between the living room and the kitchen can be easily seen.
The plans for the eventual finished structure were there for all to see!
Basically it consists of five different rooms. The first is a living room, the second a kitchen (and also workshop area where the children – and adults too – can play with the new LEGO Dots building blocks system.) Then there’s an upper level which consists of a bedroom area (with a further workshop area for the kids.) Next to this is a bathroom and then a mirror room. Finally there’s a slide for those who want to quickly return to ground level. Staff told me adults were welcome to take a bash on the slide, but as I observed it was just the kids using it – and enjoying it too – whilst the adults took the slower way down – the traditional flight of steps!
This following quote sums up briefly what House of Dots is all about:
To tease the new product, Walala was invited to bring LEGO DOTS to life in a free public art installation that celebrates their shared values of creativity, self-expression and accessibility, expressed through the vibrant colours and bold geometric patterns of both the new product and her own signature work. The result is HOUSE OF DOTS: a fantastical house comprising five rooms spread over eight shipping containers, in which everything from the walls and floors to the rugs, frames and furniture has been customised in a mashup of LEGO DOTS and Walala’s distinctive patterns and colours. Source: Brick Set
Much of the exhibition consists of LEGO Dots, and although its said to be a 2D building block, its essentially 3D. Its not two dimensional in the traditional sense how the term is used! What they mean by 2D in this case is the blocks have just one main surface (with many different shapes and colours though.) These blocks are then used to create shapes, patterns, grids. There are in fact product ranges that will for example build a key holder, pen holders, wall tiles, that sort of thing and these are described on LEGO’s product page and these were all on show. Otherwise its basically just up to one’s creative mind what sort of interesting objects could be made. And of course as some of the exhibits show, the final products are no less than three dimensions!
Here’s another quote:
LEGO DOTS taps into the arts and crafts space by using a 2D tile-based play concept that offers children a creative canvas for self-expression. Based on multiple shapes and colourful tiles, it is supported by an exciting portfolio that ranges from wearables to room décor with surfaces designed for individual customisation and self-expression. To excite young creatives even more, over thirty mood tiles are also being introduced, incl. facial expressions, music note, cosmic planet, star night, paw prints and a rainbow pooh – and many more. Source: Lego
The main reception/living room area.
Seating, tables, mirrors, plant stands etc. Nearly everything is built with the new LEGO Dots.
A three dimensional lamp post of course! Its built entirely from LEGO Dots however.
One of the tables/sideboards with the various products that will go on sale from 1st March 2020.
Corner of the kitchen area with the different LEGO Dots shapes & colours represented on the wall.
Another sideboard with some pre-launch products. These are the jewellery holder for e.g. rings, necklaces, bracelets (at left) and the pineapple pencil holder (centre.)
The kitchen work area. Just let you know the taps were non functional and not one of the cupboard doors would open!
Kids (and parents) having fun with the new LEGO Dots.
Pineapple pencil holder in close up. As this picture shows, the new LEGO Dots system is also compatible with the classic LEGO blocks.
Example (representing a cat’s face) built using LEGO Dots. Its actually photograph holder!
The other kids fun area on the upper floor.
This ‘Jacuzzi’ was another fun area for the kids to play in!
The mirror room – the patterns are evidently the LEGO Dots!
I was given some samples of LEGO Dots along with straps which could be used to make creative colourful wrist straps. The Dots are very small pieces compared to the usual Lego however the are in various shapes and colours so there’s quite a bit of creativity potential and the exhibition shows that lots of different things can be done with the pieces. It certainly is fun but having seen the prices on LEGO’s website, its not cheap.
The new building blocks are not suitable for children under the age of four. They are very small indeed, many are no bigger than a pill – and I have some concern these plastic blacks could easily be swallowed. The new product comes with a large yellow warning label that its only suitable for ages four upwards, and that the pieces are also a ‘choking hazard.’ I do have some concern the warnings are simply not enough, but then I’m no health and safety expert.
The LEGO Dots are due to be on public sale from 1st March 2020. I expect leading toy stores such as Hamley’s will be making a field day of it!
Event Brite says the House of Dots is ‘sold out.’ Actually its free, its just that its fully booked to 2nd February.
House of Dots is open until 2nd of February. There are unfortunately no bookings available. I turned up not knowing time slots had to be booked, however at the time I arrived it was fortunately quiet and they were letting limited numbers of people in providing there was spaces left. I just had to wait for the next time slot – no more than ten minutes. Despite the venue now being fully subscribed, there will be people who have booked but do not show up – which means it will be possible to arrive and hope for the best to see the exhibition – though it must be stressed there’s just two days left over this weekend and its certain to be very busy.
You Tube video featuring some of the designers behind the LEGO Dots concept and the thinking behind the new product – such as educational, creativity, etc.