Most people think Lego is a toy for kids, but many adults love to create their own models. In fact, architects and designers use it to sketch concepts in 3D. The Lego Architecture Studio is for them: it contains 1,200 monochromatic bricks selected by and for architects—and architecture lovers.
Fancy yourself the next Neutra, Meier or Lautner? Then you need the new Lego Architecture Studio. It’s the perfect toolkit for any aspiring architect and designer. It’s a completely free-building Lego experience. And it totally rocks.
The toolkit is designed to encourage you to build unique architectural creations, using over 1,200 monochromatic white bricks, plates, slopes and tiles (most are white, but some are transparent, which make for nice doors and windows). There’s also a 272-page design guide included, that teaches “concepts such as scale, mass and density, symmetry, modules and repetition, space and section, [and] surface.” This isn’t a standard construction book, it’s more an inspiration, style and idea guide. It even comes with exercise sections, where you can further explore the concepts discussed, in a hands-on way.
This past weekend Barnes & Noble held their first-ever Lego Architecture Studio celebration in honor of the launch. It was a glorious affair. Over 450 B&N stores took part. I left with two design toolkits, and at $150 bucks a pop they weren’t cheap, but definitely worth it. I can see this being used in schools, to teach basic design principles. And who knows, maybe the next Corbusier, Wright or van der Rohe will learn the skills of his craft with one of these toolkits…
You will be able to get it everywhere on August 1.
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I was tasked with running a mandatory event at the Barnes & Noble where I work to promote these. We got maybe 8 or so in stock last week and they look pretty good. I had one on display for the parents while 4 kids build sweet little towers and houses and we raffled off a Guggenheim set. Best part? Receiving a tub of 10,000 white and clear plastic bricks and still having 9,000 left in the break room. We’re considering building a wearable stormtrooper helmet!Yesterday 10:01pm
Just what I have been waiting for! No need to be OCD about colors anymore!Yesterday 5:24pm
This would be perfect for some LEGO stopmotion buildings and snow scenes! I’m always running out of one color…Today 12:27am
Comes in any color you want, as long as it’s white. Yesterday 5:28pm
These are great as a learning tool as they will pretty much necessitate orthogonal building and too many people jump to arcs, curves and parametric surfaces before understanding how to create an orthogonal building and create it correctly all the while creating it as an attractive experiment in design. It is much too easy to use curves and undulating surfaces as a substitute for proportion, scale and space.
Before you can soar on arced wings you must learn to fly first.
Sadly as an architect I probably can’t afford these but it’ll be great for the Architects at heart that decided to go another, more fiscally responsible direction, in life.Yesterday 8:29pm
You see buildings.
I see more Star Wars vehicles.Yesterday 5:35pm
What a great learning tool for teaching high school kids about Architecture. Also what a great toy for us grown up Architect wanabees! Yesterday 5:34pm
In my second year of undergrad architecture school I had this wild hair of an idea to buy all white pieces of Lego and do just this. This is an awesome implementation of quick build designs. It really has little value in regards to human scale and such, but to use as a light box or for checking sight lines and over for all form it would be a very fun tool. Even somewhat more manageable when pushing several small scale thumbnail models out. As opposed to standard methods of using light mat-board or card stock. Love this, I’m in for one, even if its just to play minimalist designer dad with my son.Yesterday 5:38pm
Here’s what I built at the Barnes & Noble build event 😀
…and as always, you need more than one set in order to build something really interesting and not just a 15cmx15cm model…Yesterday 5:58pm
Over 300 hours of hard work went into creating this Lego Acropolis. Starting tomorrow, builder Ryan McNaught—AKA TheBrickMan—will be displaying his creation at Sydney’s Nicholson Museum. The classical build comes complete with a minifig Oedipus stabbing his eyes out, with blood spilling over the stage.
Lord of the Rings and Lego fans of the world, get ready to sink $200 in the new 2359-piece, 28-inch tall Lego Tower of Orthanc set, which includes six floors: dungeon, entrance hall, Saruman’s throne room, alchemy room, library and the secret attic to which you can access using a secret stair. It’s now available for…
This impressive build by lego artist Mike Doyle is described as a “textural exploration of decay with a Victorian home engulfed in mud.” The mud has tore down walls and is pouring out over the porch. Architecturally, it’s quite stunning. The angled roofs, lines and symmetry provide a stark contrast to the carnage…
Watch Astrid—Lego designer by day and awesome dancer and fencer by night—show and explain the newest set in the awesome Lego Creator Modular Building series: the 10232 Palace Cinema. Why? Because 1) it’s our desired Lego set of the month, 2) she’s one of its authors, and 3) she has an awesome Danish accent.