Frank Lloyd Wright Collection by Adam
Reed Tucker and The LEGO Group

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Architect Adam Reed Tucker has collaborated with The LEGO Group and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to release the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection - part of the LEGO Architecture series.

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The first sets were released at the opening of the From Within Outward exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York earlier this month. (Above: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum)

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Both kits from the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection include a booklet featuring traditional building instructions and exclusive images and photographs of each building. (Above and below: Fallingwater)

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The LEGO Architecture series was officially introduced in 2008 with two iconic American buildings, the Sears Tower and the John Hancock Centre, closely followed by the Empire State Building and the Seatle Space Needle in 2009.

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Adam Reed Tucker is a LEGO enthusiast and founder of Brickstructures. (Above: the Seattle Space Needle)

Further details from Brickstructures:

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW LICENSEE

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announce that The LEGO Group is now the exclusive licensed manufacturer of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO Architecture sets.

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(Above: Sears Tower)

The LEGO Group and Adam Reed Tucker of Brickstructures, Inc. officially introduced the LEGO Architecture line in 2008. The line currently consists of six buildings – now including two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous and recognizable buildings, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Fallingwater.

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(Above: the John Hancock Center)

With models developed in collaboration with architects, LEGO Architecture works to inspire future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world with the LEGO brick as a medium. Builders of all ages can now collect and construct their favorite worldwide architectural sites through these artistic replicas.

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(Above: the Empire State Building)

Both exclusive Frank Lloyd Wright LEGO Architecture sets contain booklets that feature traditional building instructions along with exclusive archival historical material and photographs of each iconic building.Doug Volker of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

According to Director of Licensing and Product Development, Doug Volker, ―The LEGO product was one that the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation had considered pursuing for several years. It was the vision, passion and creative desire of Adam Reed Tucker to capture the essence of Mr. Wright’s most famous buildings using the medium of the LEGO brick that brought this partnership into being.

Another exciting aspect of the Architecture Series is the capability to use them for education, team building, or other formats that make the LEGO Architecture series more than just a toy.

The LEGO Group is known for its creative approach to brick models and now, with its Architecture Series, it will reach even further out to individuals of all ages, Volker concluded.

Adam Reed Tucker of Brickstructures and the LEGO Group ―Mr. Wright’s buildings are a treasure trove of possibilities, says Adam Reed Tucker, innovator of the Architecture Series for The LEGO Group.  ―I wanted to create these marvelous buildings for years, so I’m thrilled to be working with the Foundation in order to include Mr. Wright’s timeless buildings in this series, which conceptualizes the very essence of each building in LEGO bricks.

About Brickstructures, Inc.

Brickstructures, Inc., is a privately held company established to promote the use of LEGO Bricks in relation to Architecture. Established by architect Adam Reed Tucker of Chicago, Brickstructures, Inc., acts as creative developer and exclusive distributor for LEGO Architecture.

Brickstructures also arranges events and explores educational activities in conjunction with architectural firms, institutions and landmarks.

About the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Established in 1940 by Wright to be the repository of his life's work, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving  the works and ideas of Frank Lloyd Wright for the benefit of all generations, and educating and inspiring diverse audiences, including scholars, architects, students, and the general public, through programs that promote the integration of the designed, built, and natural environment in a manner that improves and sustains the quality of life.

About The LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company, based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today the group is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children, employing approximately 4,500 people globally. The LEGO Group is committed to children's creative development and learning. LEGO products can be purchased in more than 130 countries.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 at 1:01 pm by Brad Turner. See our copyright policy. Before commenting, please read our comments policy.

  • spielberg

    I’ve seen the Empire State Building LEGO to sell at the MAD in NY.
    It really sucks. It small and with no details at all… a bit disappointing… Hoppefully the FLW ones wil be better and bigger.
    Despite of the fact that that one costs over $20 bucks!

  • hmmm

    lego is awesome

  • http://www.sebastienduron.com kolargol

    It should be more tricky with frank Ghery !

  • stan

    i don’t get it: for the seattle space needle lego introduces espacially designed pieces, which don’t do justice to the basic concept of lego, but form a truthful represantation of the real building. on the other hand, the guggenheim museum is composed with more usual pieces, but these don’t do justice to wright’s design at all…

  • mcmlxix

    Wright’s great and Lego’s great, but this is just lame.

    I’ve made Usonian houses out of Lego, but at a scale conducive to real structure, individual rooms, fireplaces, some built-ins, corner & clearstory windows, major cantilevers, etc.

    What would me more interesting than this is a reissue of Froebel blocks.

  • Charles E. Flynn
  • http://www.nckck.com nck

    #mcmlxix
    In Germany are Froebel blocks as far as i know called: Anker Steinbaukasten.
    And they are still produced!
    http://tinyurl.com/ojmqva

  • brianattley

    i reckon with a bit of remodeling the Guggenheim would make a handy Starship Enterprise!

  • exxodus1

    Sydney Opera House, like to see that!

  • beckae

    imagine bringing in Star-Wars Legoman to Fallingwater! that would be crazy!

    the lego looks nice, but then, on the one hand it could not produce the details the regular architecture models do, on the other, it does defeat the original purpose of creativity with lego.

  • http://www.lgblog.co.uk Kev – LG

    Haha – as if there was Lego ever needed to give adults a reason to play more. My friend uses his kids as an excuse to buy all manner of Lego Star Wars kits, all the way up to the Death Star!

  • http://www.saimanmiah.com Saiman

    I want these!

  • norm

    John Hancock Center without the cross bracing and with set backs looks very odd.

  • Ed

    I don’t see (from the photos above) any blocks in use that are not standard in lego sets. Over the years they have created MANY MANY pieces that are not ‘blocks’. Take a look at the Lego sets out there to see that.

    To introduce all the details for all buildings requires scale in the Lego world. Since you are using ‘standard blocks’ you either have to build big or you just assume some loss of detail. The Hancock Center is one like that. You could certainly build it larger and get all the detail you want.
    Look at these for instance. They might be a little pricey as a kit though…

    http://www.beethamtower.org/blog/20-famous-skyscrapers-reproduced-in-lego.html

  • http://www.gunsnmonteroses.blogspot.com Daniela Monterrosa

    lego, the best toy for human been.

  • jo jo

    didn’t FLW himself use wooden block as a child, this is great for kids but i thick just standard lego and no instruction manual is the way to go.

  • OP

    Stan: doesn’t seem to be any new pieces in the Space Needle to me.

    All in all, a very cool concept, combining LEGO and architecture. But why are they only making American icons? LEGO seems to cater more and more exclusively to American customers than to Europeans.

    It would be awesome to see larger architecture sets, though! If adult LEGO and Star Wars fans are willing to pay hundreds of any currency unit for huge Death Stars and X-Wings (I’m among them), I’m sure adult LEGO-loving architects would do the same (I’d be among them).

  • kumakuma

    when can mies and corbusier get in on this lego action?

  • Craig P

    “one costs over $20″

    Tip for Spielberg – Check for old Lego pieces next time you’re rifling the garbage looking for your supper and who knows, in a few years you may have enough to build your own spellcheck…

  • beckae

    those posted by ed look AWESOME

  • Nia

    The Guggenheim looks like Jabba’s palace.

    http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Jabba's_Palace

  • http://www.renderedcanvas.com Rendered Canvas, LLC

    I just had an amazing experience! I completed the highly-detailed LEGO® model, co-developed and designed by architect Adam Reed Tucker, Fallingwater® by master architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The accompanying booklet included details on design, theory and history. This experience allowed this blogger the opportunity to peak into the minds of two artisans that have molded several industries and passions into one seamless adventure.

    Brick after brick, snap after snap, the interlocking pieces opened my imagination to new ways of displaying complex concepts in a more simple and elegant manner. Towering trees represented by green blocks and flowing streams denoted by sharply angled clear blocks. Intricate forms illustrated by simple gestures. This concept and the exercise of just permitting myself to be in the moment of building, gave way to thinking how pixels can become more organic. How fusing lines on a digital canvas can be more than just a method of conveying information but giving rise to striking a passionate cord in the heart of the viewer.

    After assembling the replica of the real-world architectural landmark, I felt the urgency to reach for my sketchbook and “play” for an hour. I also booked my summer vacation. That’s right, this designer is going to see the Masterpiece for himself in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.

  • http://www.civilprojectsonline.com BenzuJK

    Fantastic implementation of organic Architecture!
    Fallingwater and Guggenheim museum are mindblowing structures even today!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000191155608 Alyssa Silva

    Wow, that's pretty awesome. I wonder what's next… and when Jenga's going to get involved.