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LEGO Architecture Studio Review

LEGO Architecture Studio Review

This is the king of all Lego sets. It’s the 1210 piece LEGO Architecture Studio. Released already several years ago it’s one of the most interesting Lego sets and also one of the more different ones. Time to dive into the LEGO Architecture Studio review and have a closer look.

Lego Architecture Studio
Lego Architecture Studio

During the time it has been out, it’s already in a legend status. There are tumblr sites dedicated to it, entire blogs just about this one box and countless reviews – almost all of them highly positive. One of the ways it stands out is of course the sheer number of bricks. Another that all of them are either white or transparent. This allows for some really nice-looking minimalistic designs. As the set is more targeted to late teens and adults, who might have lost a bit of their creativity, then Lego also included a massive book to give you a boost in your building inspiration. So let’s have a closer look at it.

Lego Architecture inspiration
Lego Architecture inspiration

What’s in the box?

  • 1210 white and transparent LEGO bricks
  • Inspirational 272-page guidebook
  • Sorting trays

Currently you can get all of this for under $150 at Amazon. Is this a steal? We definitely think so.

Who is it for?

This is not your average Lego set and this also means the intended audience is different. Lego itself recommends it for everyone who is 16 years or older. This sounds reasonable, although we saw keen interest and pretty interesting results even from 10 year olds. So you might take this lower limit with a pinch of salt.

Lego Architecture Studio
Lego Architecture Studio

Usual Lego sets are kind of similar to IKEA products – you get the pieces and a detailed manual how to put it together. The manual is very specific and there is one correct end result. This is not the case here where the accompanying book serves more as a inspiration and introduction to architecture in general. What this means that it’s the best place to really let your creativity fly. During our test we had people from ages 10 to 62 play with the set and all of them loved it. It really was hard to drag them away. So in general I think it’s the perfect gift for:

  • kids who love Legos and other constructor toys
  • teens with interest in city planning etc
  • young architecture students
  • and even established architects who could use if for prototyping or just playing around.

As we noted before, there’s not a specific group who this Lego set should be limited to as everyone seemed to just love it. If your kid is old enough not to swallow the pieces, then he’s old enough to start his architect career! On the opposite end of the spectrum – after reviewing the Lego Architecture set I left it at my grandparent. Two weeks later they had build a hugely impressive city hall were up until 3:30 AM one night to finish it.

The guidebook

Lego Architecture Studio guidebook
Lego Architecture Studio guidebook

Opinions on the book diverged a bit. Mostly because some people find it to be to abstract. Talking about architecture in general and giving ideas but not specific steps how to build something from scratch. Fortunately googling around seems to quickly reveal some really cool ideas on all levels of difficulty.

The book includes tips, techniques, features and intuitive hands-on exercises. It’s endorsed by REX architecture, Sou Fujimoto Architects, SOM, MAD Architects, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, and Safdie Architects. The guidebook is written in collaboration with leading architects and edited by Christopher Turner.

Conclusion

The LEGO Architecture set is one of the best sets that they have ever produced. 272 page book is already an interesting read and a nice coffee table book in itself.  The options are literally unlimited and you or your kids can be playing with it for years. If you’re looking a gift for someone who is over the age of 5, then look no further. Right now you can get it from Amazon for under $150.
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