The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Brickstructures and the recently formed Lego Architecture brand have come out with two new sets of the Lego Architecture line, The Guggenheim Museum and Fallingwater. They are part of the new Frank Lloyd Wright collection. If you’re a fan of Lego, architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright like I am, these are very exciting new toys.. um.. I mean, educational opportunities for you and your geeklings.
The Lego Architrecture line was officially introduced in 2008 and already has four other building sets available (the Sears Tower, the John Hancock Center, the Space Needle and the Empire State Building). Lego is looking to inspire future engineers and architects by making great building design more accessible.
Some of the Lego Architecture kits sell for about $20 each, but it seems that some of the fancier models, such as the Frank Lloyd Wright kits, will go for about $40. That’s enough money that you probably can’t afford all of them, but if you have your heart set on having your own Fallingwater, the price isn’t too high.
Both new Frank Lloyd Wright sets include booklets containing detailed building instructions, and they also include archival historial material and photographs.
The Guggenheim model was released on May 15, 2009 but no word yet as to Fallingwater’s release date.
As a big fan of architecture, I am very excited about these new products. I’m hoping they’ll do some of Frank Lloyd Wright’s prairie style homes next. One thing I love about Wright’s buildings and homes is that they are all interesting, all original. You aren’t building just another cube-like box with a roof, such as the kind I built every time I played with Lego bricks as a kid. 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.
Last October, GeekDad’s own Dave Banks built the Lego Taj Mahal and made a video to take you along for the ride. If you don’t have the patience or the money for such a huge endeavor, however, try the new Lego Architecture series.
(Images: Lego Architecture)