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Building blocks aren’t just child’s play when it comes to the LEGO Architecture Studio.

The popular toymaker’s grown-up set lets design hobbyists and professionals alike try their hands at creating iconic modern landmarks — such as Habitat 67 and Eileen Gray’s E-1027 — or original sleek and minimal structures.

The stark set is made up of 1,210 monochromatic pieces, giving builders a clean slate to work with.

And unlike with a typical LEGO kit, there aren’t specific step-by-step instructions included; instead, a 272-page guidebook showcases design tips and techniques, as well as exercises endorsed by the likes of Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, and MAD Architects to name a few.

If a real Neutra house is way out of your price range, LEGO Architecture Studio might be the next best thing.


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  1. A couple of weeks ago, I took my Lego Architecture model of Fallingwater on a road trip to the Fallingwater site and took a picture with it at the source. That’s a lot of Lego love. May the next generation of Frank LW find inspiration in these plastic blocks.