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Lego Models, Billund, Denmark – Architectural Brick Designs News
18 Apr 2012
LEGO® Big Ben celebrates Victorian London’s greatest landmark
LEGO® Architecture Series BILLUND, Denmark – Big Ben, one of the UK’s most recognizable buildings and a global symbol of Victorian London and the Gothic Revival style, has been recreated as the latest set in the LEGO® Architecture series.
Big Ben, officially known as the Clock Tower, has stood at the north-eastern corner of the Palace of Westminster in London for more than 150 years. It was designed by the unlikely team of Classical architect Charles Barry and Gothic Revival pioneer Augustus Pugin and completed in 1859.
Big Ben – LEGO Architecture:
image © The LEGO Group
Big Ben is the fourteenth model in the LEGO Architecture range, which uses the LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world. It is the first model to be designed by Rok Zgalin Kobe from Slovenia who joins Adam Reed-Tucker as a LEGO architect.
“The most challenging in creating this model was representing the richness of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture in a scale usually more appropriate for modern or contemporary architecture of smooth surfaces and clean lines,” said Rok Zgalin Kobe.
Charles Barry won the competition to build the new Palace of Westminster in January 1836. His initial designs were without the clock tower that would become known as Big Ben. As his own style was more Classical than the increasingly popular Gothic Revival, Barry asked for assistance from Augustus Pugin, a leading light of the movement that left its indelible mark on the Victorian era around the world. The design of the interior of the palace and the clock tower are thought to be his work.
LEGO Architecture products features well-known buildings, and the work of important architects Aimed at inspiring future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world, the range contains a booklet featuring step-by-step building instructions that is prefaced by exclusive, archival history, information and photographs of each iconic building, its design origin, its architect and its architectural features.
The LEGO 21013 Big Ben is available for purchase from June 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com/. The product is designed for ages 12+ and includes a booklet with facts and history about Big Ben. Recommended retail price is $29.99 or €29.99.
For more information about LEGO Architecture visit http://architecture.lego.com/
21 Feb 2012
The Sydney Opera House™ LEGO Building
BILLUND, Denmark – The Sydney Opera House™, a masterpiece of late-modernist architecture that is admired internationally and treasured by the people of Australia, has had its famous sculpted curves recreated by LEGO® Architecture.
Sydney Opera House was created by Jørn Utzon, a young Danish architect who understood the potential provided by the site against the stunning backdrop of Sydney Harbour. The massive concrete sculptural shells that form the Sydney Opera House’s roof appear like billowing sails filled by the sea winds. Utzon envisaged it as a Gothic cathedral that people would never tire of and ‘never be finished with’.
The LEGO version of the Sydney Opera House seeks to capture the essence of this grand building in a small scale. The LEGO Architecture range, which now features 13 models, uses the iconic LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world. Like the other models in the range it was created by Adam Reed-Tucker.
Sydney Opera House is not only a building with great beauty but it has also become known throughout the world as a symbol for not only a city, but a whole country. “For us it was an obvious choice to include it in our collection, both because of its significance in the architectural world and its importance within Danish Architecture,” says Daiva Staneikaite Naldal, Senior Business Manager LEGO Architecture.
Since its opening in 1973 over 45 million people have attended more than 100 000 performances and it is estimated that well over 100 million people have visited the site. It is one of Australia’s most visited tourist attractions.
“Sydney Opera House is thrilled to partner with one of the world’s leading toy manufacturers to produce the Sydney Opera House LEGO Architecture set,” says Sydney Opera House’s Commercial Development Director, Andy Lown.
“Sydney Opera House strives to take people on a journey from the ordinary to the extraordinary, whoever and wherever they are, and this licensed range is a great example of how we can deliver our brand to a global audience. We’re delighted people from around the world can now build a LEGO brick replica of the House.”
The LEGO Sydney Opera House™ is available for purchase from March 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com/. The product is designed for ages 12+ and will include a content-rich booklet with facts and history of Sydney Opera House™. Recommended retail price is $39.99 or €39.99
Sydney Opera House
image from RIAS
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 10,000 people globally. The LEGO Group is committed to the development of children’s creative and imaginative abilities. LEGO products can be purchased in more than 130 countries.
Lego have teamed up with a company called Brickstuctures to fabricate a range of models of the world’s most famous buildings, such as Sears Tower, the Empire State Building and the Burj Dubai Tower.
Brickstuctures led by ‘Architectural Artist’ Adam Reed Tucker, who gained a Degree in Architecture at Kansas State University in 1996.
LEGO Architecture line:
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW LICENSEE
The LEGO Group and Brickstructures, Inc. to produce and distribute
Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO® Architecture Building Sets
TALIESIN WEST, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, MAY 12, 2009 -The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced today that The LEGO Group is now the exclusive licensed manufacturer of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® LEGO Architecture sets.
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.”
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.
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.
The LEGO Group will release the first of the LEGO Architecture Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® sets at the opening of the Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit: From Within Outward at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on May 15, 2009.
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, 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.”
Frank Lloyd Wright: “By organic architecture, I mean an architecture that develops from within outward in harmony with the conditions of its being, as distinguished from one that is applied from without.”
1914 Frank Lloyd Wright Collected Writings Volume 1, p.127
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. For more information on the work of Adam Reed Tucker, Brickstructures, Inc., and LEGO Architecture visit www.brickstructures.com
Brickstructures and the Brickstructures logo are trademarks of Adam Reed Tucker.
©2009 Brickstructures, Inc. All rights reserved.
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 501(c)(3) 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.
The Foundation operates Taliesin and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture (Spring Green, Wis.); Taliesin West (Scottsdale, Ariz.); and the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, the largest repository of any single artist’s work in the world.
Frank Lloyd Wright®, Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® and the Frank Lloyd Wright photograph are trademarks of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
© 2009 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation All rights reserved.
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. The LEGO Group is committed to children’s creative development and learning and its products can be purchased in more than 130 countries.
LEGO and the LEGO logo are trademarks of The LEGO Group. ©2009 The LEGO Group.
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