Category Archives: Architecture

LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty

Bring a symbolic centerpiece to your home or office with this LEGO Architecture interpretation of the Statue of Liberty, a perfect marriage of architecture and sculpture.

This impressive LEGO interpretation faithfully reproduces the monument’s harmonious blend of sculpture and architecture with its intricately detailed shield-lined pedestal, brick detailing and columned balconies. The beautifully crafted Lady Liberty statue features a flowing robe, broken shackles, 7-ray crown, iconic tablet and an upraised arm bearing a golden torch. Finished with an authentic sand-green and beige color scheme, and a decorative nameplate, this model delivers a highly satisfying building experience to all with an interest in architecture, travel, history and design, and makes a truly symbolic centerpiece for the home or office.

Available exclusively in New York City on May 19th at the following locations: Amazon Books, Barnes and Noble, Target, Mary Arnold Toys, LEGO Brand Retail Stores and LEGOLAND Discovery Center.

The set with be release nationwide on June 1st at LEGO.com, LEGO Brand Retail Stores, and other participating retail locations.

Features:

– Features an intricately detailed pedestal with shield & brick detailing, columned balconies, and a Lady Liberty statue with a flowing robe, 7-ray crown, iconic tablet and golden torch.
– Measures over 17” (44cm) high, 5” (14cm) wide and 5” (14cm) deep.
– 1,685 pieces.
– Retail price $119.99

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Capitol Records Tower LEGO Set

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Build a LEGO brick model of the Capitol Records Tower. Located in the heart of Hollywood at the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine, the uniquely round Capitol Records Tower was designed by architect Welton Becket in 1954 and was opened in 1956. It was Hollywood’s first air-conditioned high-rise office building and has always been headquarters to the famed record label founded by Johnny Mercer, home to such legendary artists as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, the Beatles, and the Beach Boys, and modern superstars Sam Smith and Katy Perry. The Capitol Records Tower was designated a Historical Landmark in 2008 by the City of Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission.

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The Capitol Records Tower model is a limited-edition set designed by freelance LEGO artist, Adam Ward. It features over 640 genuine LEGO pieces, and is built in the style of LEGO’s popular and award-winning Architecture series. Although not an official LEGO set, this one is pretty darn cool!

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The model accurately features a host of rare LEGO pieces, as well as additional accessories like five decals including the ground floor mural “Hollywood Jazz: 1945-1972” by artist Richard Wyatt Jr., and a custom 3D printed piece of the iconic spire that rises from the roof of the historic building. The set also includes transparent and translucent elements for the windows, two brick-built palm trees, stars for the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and more detail pieces to recreate the legendary tower.

The set measures 10” (25cm) tall, 7.5” (19cm) wide and 5” (13cm) deep and is anticipated to ship June 2017.

Pre-order the set HERE for $200.

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LEGO Architecture US Capitol Set

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Build a LEGO brick model of one of the world’s most architecturally impressive and symbolically important structures. Located in Washington DC, the United States Capitol is a magnificent example of neoclassical architecture covering more than 1.5 million square feet and with over 600 rooms and miles of corridors.

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The building that we see today is the result of several major periods of construction that have taken place since president George Washington first laid the cornerstone on September 18, 1793. This meticulously detailed LEGO Architecture interpretation of the U.S. Capitol focuses on the structure’s striking white, columned façade with its famous steps and lawns, and features a removable dome for access to a detailed interior depicting the famous National Statuary Hall, complete with columns, statues and tiled floor.

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Details

– LEGO Architecture interpretation of the real-world architectural landmark, the United States Capitol Building.
– Features the Capitol’s neoclassical façade, dome, colonnades, north and south wings, steps and lawns.
– Remove the dome to access the rotunda, featuring columns, 8 statue elements and a tiled floor.
– The included booklet contains information about the design, architecture and history of the building
– LEGO Architecture celebrates the world of architecture through the medium of the LEGO brick, and is developed for all with an interest in travel, design, history and architecture.
– This set includes over 1,000 LEGO pieces.
– The scale of this model matches the LEGO Architecture 21022 Lincoln Memorial.
– This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 12+.
– Measures over 6” (16cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 5” (14cm) deep.

The cost of the set is $99.99 and hits LEGO.com, LEGO retail stores, and participating LEGO retailers September 1st.

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LEGO Creator Big Ben 10253

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Get up close to Big Ben! The clock was first started on May 31st 1859, and Big Ben’s first chime rang from the 96-meter Elizabeth Tower on July 11th of the same year. This over 23” (60cm) high LEGO interpretation of the iconic structure is a tribute to its engineering and architecture. It features a detailed facade with statues, shields and windows, and a clock tower with 4 adjustable clock dials and a removable roof allowing access to the belfry, plus buildable exterior elements including a sidewalk, lawn and a tree depicting the building’s location. This model makes a great display piece for the home or office.

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Features

– Big Ben features a detailed section of the Westminster Palace and the adjoining Elizabeth Tower, 4 detailed clock dials with movable hour and minutes hands, and a sidewalk, tree and grass area depicting the building’s location.

– Remove the top of the tower to access the Big Ben bell.

– Put your LEGO building skills to the test!

– Special elements include 4 printed clock faces.

– Rare elements include ski poles, flowers and corner plates in molded gold color, and tinted-translucent elements.

– This set includes over 4,000 LEGO pieces.

– This set offers an age-appropriate building experience for ages 16+.

– Big Ben measures over 23” (60cm) high, 17” (44cm) wide and 7” (20cm) deep.

LEGO Creator Big Ben 10253  will be available for sale directly through LEGO beginning July 1, 2016 via shop.LEGO.com, LEGO Stores or via phone for $249.99.

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The LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection

The LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection includes mini-models of some of the most famous buildings in Berlin, New York City, and Venice. Representing the Big Apple are the Flatiron Building, the Chrysler Building, the Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty, while the German capitol is portrayed via the Reichstag, Victory Column, Deutsche Bahn Tower, Berlin TV Tower and the Brandenburg Gate. Finally, the canals of Venice shine in blue tiles, on which sit Rialto Bridge, St. Mark’s Basilica, St. Mark’s Campanile, St. Theodore and the Winged Lion of St. Mark, and the Bridge of Sighs.

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Check Out The First Apple Store Designed By Apple’s Design Guru Jony Ive

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A new Apple Store opened last weekend in Brussels. But this is not your typical Apple Store. Located in the heart of Belgium, this building was designed by Sir Jony Ive, Apple’s design genius who ultimately controls how the company’s bestselling hardware and software looks and feels.

Apple’s cofounder Steve Jobs is famously known for partially designing many of the Apple Stores, including their signature glass staircases, Jony Ive has never designed an Apple Store until now.

The location sports a minimalist color palette, wooden benches, a curved glass facade and potted trees inside the store.

Described as simple, elegant and friendly this pioneer store features a glimpse of what we might expect to see in future Apple retail stores.

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The Rise of LEGO Architecture: What Does It Mean For The Property Market

We have seen some unusual developments in the property market over the last decade, from the rise of flat pack housing to the emergence of quick acting national home buyers who purchase homes on the brink of repossession.

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The former example is particularly interesting, however, as it links a renowned brand with the development of functional, corporeal structures. This has changed the nature of architecture in the modern age, and there are similar events that have also had a significant impact in recent times.

The Emergence of LEGO Architecture

Most recently, Danish toy company LEGO made a bold move into the property market, through the establishment of the Lego Architecture Studio. This essentially represented a new generation of durable building blocks that were aimed at the architecture and design community. Packaged as a single product featuring over 1,200 pieces and 76 unique components, this studio will afford creatives an incredible level of freedom as they look to experiment and develop their own, unique structures.

Now available in the UK and Europe for the first time, has the potential to inspire an entire generation of property developers and future building designs. We have already seen examples of this, and after a successful inaugural event in 2014 LEGO Architecture is presenting a brand new opportunity for students in the Villa Pennisi in Musica summer workshop to experiment with the material to hone their craft indulge their creative urges.

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More specifically, architecture students will be tasked with using their 1,200-piece monochromatic LEGO Architecture Studio sets to build scale models of various indoor structures. These will subsequently be used to amplify the acoustics of the historic Teatro Bellini of Acireale, a renowned baroque structure that was tragically destroyed by fire during the 1960’s. Having been only partially reconstructed since this sad event, the participating students will finally be challenged to figure out pertinent design solutions that will enable the theatre to function as a music hall once again.

What does this mean for future of the Property Market?

While this represents innovation at its most pronounced, we must make it clear that there is little chance of LEGO blocks being used in full-scale residential or commercial projects any time soon. This is not the point of the LEGO Architecture Studio, however, as it is being integrated to the property industry more as a learning aid than a direct building material.

It has huge potential as a facilitator of creative output and energy, however, providing the ideal medium through which the property developers of tomorrow can hone their skills, build knowledge and create forward-thinking concepts that can alter the future perception of architecture around the world.

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Casa Brutale Cliffside Concept Home By OPA

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Casa Brutale allows you to live on the edge! This visionary home would be perfect for a suave International spy, a super hero team or perhaps a cat stroking villain with hopes of world domination!

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This concept property by OPA sits inside a cliff and is defined by three concrete walls that form the main living space. In order to let in plenty of light, the sea-facing front wall is all glass, as is the bottom of the roof-mounted swimming pool, creating undulating wave patterns as the sun shimmers through. If you want to build a house with a pool as the roof like this one then you should definitely line up an expert in roofing, waterproofing, and foundations like Staten Island Roofing. The house is accessed via a stairwell that runs from the top all the way to the glass-paneled balcony at the bottom, inviting guests to take in a little fresh air before entering the home.

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The Smallest House In The World

Jay Shafer is the creator and resident of the smallest house in the world, which he has proudly named Tumbleweed. Jay is an artist and architect, who lives in his home near San Francisco. He sells plans for, and builds, tiny homes in sizes ranging from an extremely small 50 square feet to a practically roomy 500 square feet.

Jay has been living in a house smaller than some people’s closets since 1997.

Jay’s decision to inhabit just 96 square feet arose from his concerns he had about the impact a larger house would have on the environment, and because he does not want to maintain a lot of unused or unusable space.

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DK Books Announces LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide

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Created in close collaboration with The LEGO Group and Adam Reed Tucker, LEGO Architecture visionary, LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide takes a deep look at the artists, builders, and inspiration behind the LEGO Architecture series. Beautifully illustrated and annotated, this visual guide allows you to explore the LEGO team’s creative process in building and understand how LEGO artists translated such iconic buildings into these buildable LEGO sets.

Stunning images and in-depth exploration of the real buildings like the Guggenheim or the Empire State Building, on which the LEGO Architecture series is based, provide you with a comprehensive look at the creation of these intricate sets. Learn why the LEGO team chose certain pieces and what particular challenges they faced. Read about the inspiration behind the creative processes and what designing and building techniques were used on various sets. Featuring profiles of the LEGO artists and builders who created the series and packaged in a sleek protective slipcase, LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide is the ultimate illustrated tour of the LEGO Architecture series in all its micro-scale detail.

The 322 page hardcover is due on August 18, 2014 and can be pre-ordered HERE.

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