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Architects from three world-class firms recently returned to their childhoods to take part in a LEGO experiment.

The experiment, which Wired organized, sought to answer a simple question: What would happen if architects got their hands on the LEGO Architecture Studio set?

The firms Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Snøhetta, and SHoP Architects all took part in the challenge to build with the 1,210-piece LEGO set.

The entries are as innovative as you might expect; custom 3D-printed pieces, a structure encased in ice that melts to reveal inner details, and seemingly gravity-defying designs made up the finished products.

Wired has posted a gallery of the results.

Image courtesy Wired.

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