July 16, 2015

The LEGO Architect: Book by Tom Alphin is Solid Complement to Architecture Studio 21050

The cover features a LEGO model of Unité d’Habitation, the popular apartment building in Marseille, France.

No Starch Press announced that a new LEGO book upcoming titled 'The LEGO Architect' will be releasing this September.

The 192-page coffee-table book (9 x 9 inches, full color, hardcover) explores renowned architectural styles including Art Deco, Modernism, Neoclassical, and Postmodernism, all through the prism of LEGO bricks. For each style, there are an explanation, several photos of real buildings, a selection of LEGO buildings created in that style, and instructions and tips to build small LEGO models in that style.

From the official sample pages (see below), it sure looks like several of the instruction sets used in the book will be very useful if you have the LEGO Architecture Studio kit (21050). While I think this book would be a  great addition to any LEGO fan's collection, consider it a must-buy if you already have the set or are planning to get the Architecture Studio.

The book is available for pre-order on Amazon. (ISBN: 978-1-59327-613-3)

Below are the official press release and page samples.

Explore the world of architecture through LEGO

San Francisco, CA (July 14, 2015) — It’s one of life’s certainties: when you give curious kids LEGO bricks, they’ll build little LEGO houses. But talented LEGO artists from around the world have taken the art of house building to new heights, and the results are sensational. The LEGO Architect (No Starch Press, $24.95, 192 pp., September 2015), a new coffee-table book from San Francisco-based No Starch Press, showcases art deco skyscrapers, neoclassical federal buildings, postmodern office complexes, and sleek modern homes—all built with thousands of plastic LEGO bricks by a community of remarkably patient and visionary artists.

According to Tom Alphin, author of The LEGO Architect, “The official LEGO Architecture sets are bestsellers because they allow people to experience architecture hands-on, by recreating famous buildings. My book runs with this idea, but with the broader goal of exploring many influential architectural styles.”

In The LEGO Architect, readers learn about the history of seven unique architectural styles and follow step-by-step instructions to build twelve LEGO models. Gorgeous photographic galleries of famous buildings will inspire builders of all levels to design their very own structures.

Readers of The LEGO Architect will build:

  • An art deco movie theater
  • Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
  • Modernist and Sullivanesque skyscrapers
  • Frank Lloyd Wright’s Willits House
  • A brutalist library
  • A high-tech train station

The LEGO Architect arrives in brick-and-mortar and online bookstores this September, just in time for the holiday season.