The Excitement is Building

If I was into Lego, I would be all over this new Architecture series, launched in 2008.

On their website, they have over a dozen products including the Burj Khalifa, the Sydney Opera House, Fallingwater, Robie House, Big Ben, the Seattle Space Needle, Brandenburg Gate, the Guggenheim Museum, Rockefeller Center, the White House, and more.

Big Ben:

Big Ben

Big Ben. Neo-Gothic clock tower in London. 1843-1859. By Augustus Pugin and Charles Barry.

Rockefeller Center:

Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center – 19 commercial buildings over 22 acres led by Raymond Matthewson Hood. Modern, Art Deco style. 1930-39. New York.

Lego store in Rockefeller Center

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum:

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright. 1943-1959. Art museum, New York.

Villa Savoye:

Villa Savoye

Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier. Modernist style. 1928-31. Country residence, outskirts of Paris.

Farnsworth House:

Farnsworth House

Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe. Modernist style. 1945-51. Glass pavilion/one-room weekend retreat outside of Chicago.

Fallingwater:

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater – most famous private residence. Pennsylvania.

Kids have the coolest toys these days. I’m sure this new series actually appeals more to adults though–the styles of these structures, the materials used, why they’re landmarks, etc. To apppreciate the significance of a house built above a waterfall, so that the inhabitants would hear nature instead of just see it, or an art museum that orients the viewer to experience a new way of walking and viewing an art gallery–in circles.

If you visit the Lego website, you can learn a bunch of cool facts about the buildings and the stories behind them. What a way to make architecture come alive to young, curious minds and small, active hands.

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3 thoughts on “The Excitement is Building

  1. Not going to lie, this new lego series definitely interests me now, if not more so, than when I was younger. But I agree with you that, as a kid, I wouldn’t have appreciated the specific buildings’ architectural or cultural importance.

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