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Japanese Architects Invent An Unusual, Complex Alternative To LEGO
By Yap Yen, 13 Jan 2016
For many people, their first exposure to architecture is through wooden building blocks or LEGO. Tokyo architecture firm Kengo Kuma and Associates seeks to change the way kids build, by teaching them to build with the strongest shape: triangles.
Teaming up with Japanese forest conservation group More Trees, the firm has released ‘Tsumiki’, a set of non-traditional “building blocks” that they bill as “Japanese Lego”.
Each ‘Tsumiki’ block is made of a triangular wedge of cedar, with notches in its leg that allow them to fit together. The unique angular shape of each ‘Tsumiki’ block allows for structures that would be difficult to achieve with the usual rectangular blocks, as well as inelegant and rickety structures that can look like arches or bridges.
Each set of ‘Tsumiki’ comes in packs of 13, and is available for purchase here.
[via Fast Company, More Trees]
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