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Grand Budapest Hotel of movie fame rendered in 50,000 Legos

Grand Budapest Hotel made of 50,000 Legos to go on display in Los Angeles

The Grand Budapest Hotel existed only on film — until now. Now it's been rendered in Legos.

The ornate, fictional European-style hotel that was the centerpiece of Wes Anderson's quirky movie of the same name has been re-created in more than 50,000 of the toy bricks. Lobby Boy Zero Moustafa, a.k.a. actor Tony Revolori, even had a hand in piecing together the pink-and-white faux facade.

Lego pro builder Ryan Ziegelbauer and eight others spent 575 hours designing and constructing the replica. How'd they do it? Check out the video to see the Legoized hotel from start to finish.

According to a news release, Lego bricks were collected from Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Germany, Italy and 14 states in the U.S. to complete it. The piece weighs about 150 pounts, and stands 7 feet tall and 6½ feet wide.

It was scheduled to be unveiled Saturday at The Grove in Los Angeles and will be on display from Thursday til Aug. 31 at the A + D Architecture and Design Museum at 6032 Wilshire Blvd. in Los Angeles.

This is no Legoland venture. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment worked with the Lego masters in creating the replica that coincides with Tuesday's release of the film on DVD and Blu-ray.

And as for a real Budapest Hotel, there isn't one. However, the Grandhotel Pupp in the Czech town of Karlovy Vary makes for the perfect stand-in. Media reports say it was the inspiration for the look of the Grand Budapest Hotel.

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