What do you give grownups who dream of building skyscrapers and monuments? Let them live out their fantasies! Here's a roundup of collectible LEGO construction kits—adult toys that will entertain anyone who has a passion for architecture and design.
Updated for the 2013-2014 shopping season.
The Frank Lloyd Wright series of LEGO models is impressive and now includes the 1923 Imperial Hotel. The Tokyo, Japan structure is considered Wright's pivotal commission and is one of his most influential. At over 1,000 pieces, this LEGO set is an exciting challenge for any hobbyist.
To add to the fun, check out the film Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings & Legacy in Japan. The documentary describes the architect's time in the East and is one of our Top 10 Movies About Architecture.
Source: LEGO Architecture website, accessed December 16, 2013
Swiss-born architect Le Corbusier built this modernist residence for Pierre and Emilie Savoye outside of Paris in 1931. "The biggest challenges of the LEGO model construction," said Michael Hepp, designer of the LEGO model, "were the pillars and the complex roof design. I was amazed again and again by Le Corbusier’s art...."
Source: LEGO Architecture website, accessed Nov. 25, 2012.
Assemble all 3,428 pieces and create a model Eiffel Tower in 1:300 scale. Based on the original blueprints, the completed model is more than three feet tall.
This easy kit quickly assembles into an attractive replica of New York City's most famous landmark, the record-breaking Empire State Building.
Once known as the Sears Tower, the Willis Tower is another Chicago landmark by architect Bruce Graham. Easy to assemble, this 69-peice set makes a handsome black and white collectible model.