Perhaps we were too busy checking out the jaw-dropping FLW retrospective at the aforementioned museum to notice, but two weeks ago, LEGO and the Wright Foundation announced they would launch two new, rather amazing sets to honor the architect’s centennial, part of a new Architecture line your LEGO-obsessed editors were heretofore also ignorant of.
Created with former architect Adam Reed Tucker (he’s done some amazing stuff with LEGOs) and his company Brickstructure, the Wright models can be purchased on his site, as well as ones for the Sears Tower, John Hancock Building, Seattle Space Needle, and Empire State Building, can be purchased here. The Guggenheim costs $40 plus shipping and handling, and Falling Water should run $100 when it goes on sale.
It’s a pretty good deal, given the detail Tucker put into his work, as he told NPR’s All Things Considered
“That one’s actually interactive,” Tucker says. “It actually comes apart in a puzzlelike formation so you can get into the guts of the building and see the levels, understand his use of cantilever and how the forms play together.”
The Lego version of the building can even be lifted off its base. “What’s neat about that is people can actually see how the foundation of a structure is rooted into the environment,” Tucker says.
Really, though, you have to go listen to the audio, as the fine folks at public radio also put together a mock ad for the new LEGO line. Because really, there’s noting like hearing a radio announcer declare, “Kids are going crazy over Usonian homes and organic architecture!”