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Award of Merit, Residential/Hospitality: LEGOLAND Hotel

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LEGOLAND® Hotel, Carlsbad

Photos Courtesy of LEGOLAND Hotel
The project includes a smoke-breathing dragon located at the hotel's entry, restaurant, lounge, event space and swimming pool.
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The 250-room LEGOLAND® Hotel was designed and built to be nearly as entertaining as the rest of the neighboring LEGOLAND California Resort. Every aspect of the hotel reflects the LEGO® aesthetic—including its custom millwork, wall coverings, lighting, artwork and paint colors. To create the illusion that the hotel is built from LEGO bricks, contractors fabricated custom-scaled replicas for the hotel's exterior facade. More than 3,500 LEGO models are scattered throughout the property, including a smoke-breathing dragon located at the hotel's entry. Public spaces include a restaurant, cafe, lounge, event space and swimming pool. The project team took care to plan and stage construction so that it did not affect LEGOLAND resort guests.

Key Players

Contractor R.D. Olson Construction Inc., Irvine

Owner Merlin Entertainments Group, London

Lead Design Delawie Wilkes Rodrigues Barker, San Diego

Structural GSSI Structural Engineers, San Diego

Civil Hofman Planning & Engineering, Carlsbad

MEP MA Engineering, Birmingham, Mich.; Michael Wall Engineering, San Diego

Construction Manager Project Management Advisors Inc., South San Francisco

Theming Storyland Studios, Lake Elsinore


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