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Lego Architecture

Lego Architecture
Sub‑themes Landmark Series
Architect Series
Subject Buildings
Availability 2008–Present
Total sets 25 + 8 special editions
Official website

Lego Architecture is a sub-brand and product range of the Lego construction toy, which aims to “celebrate the past, present and future of architecture through the Lego Brick”.[1] The brand includes a series of Lego sets designed by ‘Architectural Artist’ Adam Reed Tucker, and each contain the pieces and instructions to build a model of a famous architectural building in micro-scale. These set options have a set size dependent on the builders level of Lego construction, it can range from a small scale of the tallest building in the world, to a larger set that may be the Sydney opera hall

Development

Adam Reed Tucker earned a degree in Architecture at Kansas State University in 1996.[2] Whilst there, he sought a method to join his two passions of art and architecture, and hit upon the idea of using Lego bricks. From this, he founded Brickstructures, Inc., and began to design and build models of famous landmarks. His work was noticed by the Lego Group, and together they formed a partnership to release some of his models as commercially available Lego sets under the Lego Architecture brand.

Sets

By the beginning of 2010, six sets had been released in the range, under two ‘series’. Within the 'Landmark Series' are models of the Willis Tower (21000), John Hancock Center (21001), the Empire State Building (21002), and the Seattle Space Needle (21003). Within the 'Architect Series' are models of the Guggenheim Museum (21004) and Fallingwater (21005).

In the beginning of July 2010, a seventh set, the White House (21006), was released. An eighth set (21007) was released in November 2010: New York’s Rockefeller Center. The ninth set (21009), Farnsworth House (Plano, Illinois), was released in April 2011. A tenth set (21008), The Burj Khalifa, was released in June 2011.

An eleventh and twelfth set, the Robie House (21010) and the Brandenburg Gate (21011) were released in September 2011.[3][4]

In January 2012, it was announced that the next Architecture set would be 21012 Sydney Opera House. The set was released in March 2012.

In June 2012, the Big Ben (21013) was released. In July 2012, The Namdaemun Gate (Renamed Sungnyemun Gate (21016) was released. In September 2012, the Villa Savoye (21014) was released. The Eames House (21015) was scheduled and then canceled, as it never came out as a set.

In June 2013, The Leaning Tower of Pisa (21015) was announced for the Lego Architecture series. Its set number (21015) replaced the original Eames House after it was canceled. United Nations Headquarters (21018) then came out in the Lego Architecture series. In October 2013, the next architecture set, Marina Bay Sands was announced. Also, in October 2013, the Eiffel Tower was announced.

Set Series Name Location Released Number of Pieces Retired Product Comments
21000 Landmark Sears Tower [5] Chicago 2008 69 No
Willis Tower 2011
21001 Landmark John Hancock Center Chicago 2008 69 Yes
21002 Landmark Empire State Building New York City 2009 77 No
21003 Landmark Seattle Space Needle Seattle 2009 57 No
21004 Architect Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum [6] New York City 2009 208 Yes
21005 Architect Fallingwater [7] Pittsburgh 2009 811 No
21006 Landmark The White House Washington, D.C. 2010 560 No
21007 Landmark Rockefeller Center New York City 2011 240 Yes
21008 Landmark Burj Khalifa [8] Dubai 2011 208 Yes
21009 Architect Farnsworth House [9] Plano, Illinois 2011 546 Yes
21010 Architect Robie House [10] Chicago 2011 2276 Yes
21011 Landmark Brandenburg Gate Berlin 2011 363 No
21012 Architect Sydney Opera House [11] Sydney 2012 270 No
21013 Landmark Big Ben [12] London 2012 346 No
21014 Architect Villa Savoye [13] Paris 2012 660 No
21016 Architect Sungnyemun Gate [14] Seoul 2012 325 Yes
21017 Architect Imperial Hotel [15][16] Tokyo 2013 1188 No
21015 Landmark Leaning Tower of Pisa Pisa 2013 345 No
21018 Landmark United Nations Headquarters [17] New York City 2013 597 No
21019 Landmark The Eiffel Tower [18] Paris 2014 321 No
21020 Landmark The Trevi Fountain [19] Rome 2014 731 No
21021 Landmark Marina Bay Sands Singapore 2014 602
21022 Landmark Lincoln Memorial [20] Washington, D.C. 2015 274
21023 Landmark Flatiron Building New York City 2015 471
21050 Architect Lego Architecture Studio [21] 2013 1210 No
Special editions
Set Name Location Released Number of Pieces Retired Product Comments
4000002 LOM Moulding Monterrey 2011 174 Given to employees
4000005 KOM Moulding Billund 2012 315 Given to employees Kornmarken Factory is the first and largest LEGO moulding and production factory
4000006 Kladno Campus Kladno 2012 250 Given to employees
4000009 HMV Production Billund 2013 285 Given to employees
4000010 LEGO House [22] Billund 2014 250 No Only sold in Billund
4000011 Nyiregyhaza Factory Nyiregyháza 2014 327 Given to employees Factory of Lego
4000015 LOM Moulding B Monterrey 2014 215 Additional packing building. A building, which expands the footprint of the existing facility
4000016 Billund Airport Billund 2014 No Only sold at Billund Airport

Impact

The product range has been reviewed favourably by many commentators. Journalist Jenny Williams said "The scale on these kits is pretty small, though, so don’t expect exquisite detail. But creating with Lego bricks is quite a fun way to pay homage to great architects".[23]

References

  1. ^ "About Lego Architecture".  
  2. ^ "Brickstructures". Retrieved 29 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Official Announcement: 21010 Robie House, 13 July 2011 
  4. ^ Sarah Firsheinn (8 August 2011), Lego to Eternalize the Brandenburg Gate in Architecture Series,  
  5. ^ "Sears Tower now named Willis Tower". CNN. July 16, 2009
  6. ^ "Release of two Frank Lloyd Wright Collection sets from LEGO Architecture". Lego.com. May 9, 2009
  7. ^ "Release of two Frank Lloyd Wright Collection sets from LEGO Architecture". Lego.com. May 9, 2009
  8. ^ "The world’s tallest building in LEGO® bricks". Lego.com. May 25, 2011
  9. ^ "Modernist architectural icon immortalised in LEGO® bricks". Lego.com. April 4, 2011
  10. ^ "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House Joins LEGO® Architecture series". Lego.com. September 19, 2011
  11. ^ "Sydney’s revered opera house immortalized in LEGO® bricks". Lego.com. February 21, 2012
  12. ^ "LEGO® Big Ben celebrates Victorian London’s greatest landmark". Lego.com. April 18, 2012
  13. ^ "Le Corbusier’s French masterpiece becomes a LEGO® Architecture model". Lego.com. August 31, 2012
  14. ^ "A Korean landmark recreated as LEGO® Architecture". Lego.com. May 14, 2012
  15. ^ Imperial Hotel in Tokyo impresses with blend of old and new The Australian 7 November 2014
  16. ^ "Revisit the Imperial Hotel with LEGO Architecture". Lego.com. March 1, 2013
  17. ^ [1]. BrickExtra. May 15, 2013
  18. ^ Lego Architecture: Der Eiffelturm – das ist Spitze Ukonio.de 14 Oktober 2014
  19. ^ BREAKING: Trevi-fontein wordt volgende Lego Architecture set Madpac.nl 13 January 2014
  20. ^ Série LEGO® Architecture incluirá o Lincoln Memorial e o Edifício Flatiron Archdaily.com
  21. ^ [2]. Brickset. June 29, 2013
  22. ^ Exclusive: 4000010 LEGO House Brickset.com 17 March 2014
  23. ^ Jenny Williams (23 May 2009). "Frank Lloyd Wright + Lego = Awesome". Geekdad ( 
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