Block by Block
This is not my first blog about LEGOs. As I’ve written before, my son is a LEGO aficionado. We’ve gone from Duplos (the big, chunky LEGOs) to the “starter” sets (fewer than 50 pieces or so) to the recently completed 1,156-piece Indominus Rex Jurassic World set. I was honored to help my son build this one—and by help I mean I was allowed to help find the necessary pieces.
Fun and games aside, I am amazed by LEGOs. They seem to me a great tool for architects … I guess LEGO did, too, as they invented the totally cool architecture series (I’ve got the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre on my list of wants). Plus there’s usually an exhibitor at the AIA show with a LEGO table in its booth, you know, in case anyone wants to tinker around.
Then, as if LEGOs weren’t cool enough, I was doing some research for this blog and found the LEGO Architecture site. This website is for adults who enjoy LEGOs as well as architecture. Not only can you find information about all the different products in the Architectural Series (did you know they have one of the Burj Khalifa?) you can also download posters, read about the different city’s skylines, and check out some fun videos, like this one from Berlin.
One of the most interesting features on the site was the LEGO Architecture Studio. The possibilities of this little kit are limited only by the user’s imagination. It includes 1,210 white and transparent bricks (let’s just say those transparent ones represent glass …makes sense, right?) and you can build anything.
And the big difference between this and that Jurassic World set my 6-year-old tackled is that there are no step-by-step, piece-by-piece instructions. Instead, the Architecture Studio comes with a 272-page inspirational booklet, which includes some project examples created by architects and LEGO designers. But the whole idea behind this kit is simply to create your own architecture. Use your imagination and let the ideas soar.
Who’s ready to get started? The set runs about $150-$160 through a number of online retailers, so there is a bit of an investment. On the other hand, I could build the Louvre, glass pyramid and all, for around $60. What’s your dream LEGO set? I’d love to hear about it; send pictures if you have them.