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LEGO Architecture Studio

By: on August 01, 2013
$154.94
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I have to say, it's a little disappointing to see LEGO, a pastime that has supported content diversity for decades, join the ranks of Keds, toilet paper, and P. Diddy's annual summer party, and go all white. However, I understand how the absence of color in the company's 1,210-brick Architecture Studio, and its resultant focus on clean lines and shapes, might appeal to a broader audience of artsy designer types and Hitler.

With an included 272-page guidebook thumbs upped by leading architects the LEGO Architecture Studio's monochromatic scheme of white and transparent bricks focuses on structural models intended to hone the brick layer's techniques and teach the fundamentals of building design. In a nifty, if not entirely unrealistic, stack-and-snap context, of course.

The LEGO Architecture Studio has been endorsed by REX architecture, Sou Fujimoto Architects, SOM, MAD Architects, Tham & Videgard Arkitekter, and Safdie Architects. I don't know who any of them are, but hopefully one designed those pyramids in Egypt or at least the ooga booga tiki men on Easter Island, 'cause those things are RAD.

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The Nugget Micro Home

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$560 - $12,850 from Spitbank Fort »

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Hex House Flat Pack Shelter

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