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How to Become a LEGO® Architect

How to Become a LEGO® Architect
How to Become a LEGO® Architect, Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press

Admit it: you have a secret LEGO® stash somewhere. Before you had even considered becoming an architect, you had already built cities, developed housing, and mastered the art of using every last brick, no matter the size. You may think you've outgrown your favorite toy, but we have the perfect book to turn your childhood LEGO® collection into a legitimate (and seriously fun) adult pastime. The LEGO® Architect by Tom Alphin brings the best of playtime to the forefront of design through a visual story of the history of building, infused by models made entirely of LEGO®. 

Find out to build your own neoclassical dome, or Frank Lloyd Wright's trademark Prairie House, or even the iconic Lever House by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill using the simplest of LEGO® components! Enter the world of The LEGO® Architect, where little white bricks can do anything with a little ingenuity and some architectural know-how. 

Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press

Broken into categories by architectural period, Alphin explains how to build everything from art deco towers to brutalist libraries with LEGO® bricks. With the help of a team of LEGO® building artists, Alphin collected some of the most impressive (and realistic) tiny buildings, producing a beautiful compendium of miniature architecture expressed using plain white bricks.

Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press

As educational as it is fun, The LEGO® Architect is full of bite-sized portions of architectural history, beginning with the first use of columns in ancient Egypt, back when they weren't tiny and plastic. The book draws a LEGO®-infused timeline from neoclassical through prairie style, art deco, modernism, brutalism, and postmodernism, leading into present day. Alphin dubs the current style "high tech," referring to works by futurists like Daniel Libeskind, Santiago Calatrava, and I.M. Pei.

Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press

Finally, the building section: Alphin has incorporated a seriously awesome, in-depth chapter on how to go about constructing the LEGO® masterworks included in the book, and many more. The Builders Guide covers all of the necessities, ranging from generating ideas, to building in the correct scale, to a detailed examination of every single type of LEGO® building component. Get ready to build your own tiny Burj Khalifa, Chrysler Building, or Fallingwater. If this doesn't bring out your inner child, we don't know what will. As a teaser, check out Alphin's step-by-step guide to building SOM's Lever House below.

Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press
Courtesy of No Starch Press

The LEGO® Architect is available now for pre-order on Amazon. Click below for more info!

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Cite: Finn MacLeod. "How to Become a LEGO® Architect" 26 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/770690/how-to-become-a-lego-r-architect/>
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Peter · November 27, 2016

I've always wanted to-scale (minifigure scale) historical building sets. There are so many to choose from across the world.

Tom Alphin · July 27, 2015

Thanks to Arch Daily for featuring my book!

I'm really excited to see the book come out this September. My goal in writing this book is to inspire LEGO enthusiasts, young and old, to learn about architecture using LEGO, and inspire people to create amazing LEGO architecture of their own

You can build many of the models in the book using LEGO bricks you already own, or the recently released LEGO Architecture Studio set which includes most of the parts you will need.

While you wait for the book release, I will be featuring interviews with the artists featured in the book and more at http://thebrickarchitect.com

Sincerely,
---Tom Alphin

Reder!c · July 27, 2015

Lego has been doing a series of architectural kits called 'Architecture Series.' Unfortunately, the resulting models are small, very expensive (for Lego), and not particularly interesting. They need to do a proper arch series with bigger models, more interesting works, and more realistic prices.

scotsims · July 27, 2015

I wish all this variety of blocks had been available over 50 years ago when I had legos, though the worlds I created - in my mind - were more fantastic than these prepackaged crafts.

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