The next Architecture set has been revealed

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Marina Bay Sands

No sooner than UN Headquarters is released, LEGO have inadvertently released an image of the next Architecture set on their online survey site. 21021 is a model of Marina Bay Sands, a hotel in Singapore, which is likely to be released in 2014.

Wikipedia says "Marina Bay Sands is an Integrated Resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land".

It's certainly an impressive looking building!

Thanks to detective whung for the news :-)

Note for the benefit of anyone wondering where the image came from: At the back of instruction books, you are invited to complete a survey to share your experiences of the set you've just bought, at http://www.legosurvey.com/product. It asks you to enter the product code of the set, and if you enter 21018 it takes you to this page which shows the image. This is a commonly used way to discover unreleased sets which are often added there before they are announced elsewhere. You simply enter set numbers that are next in the sequence of known number ranges. Now that there is a system in place again for numbering sets, it is easy to know what numbers to try.

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By in United Kingdom,

Looks pretty neat.

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By in United Kingdom,

That's a pretty small picture.

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By in United Kingdom,

Seriously?

I've never even heard of this place. I thought the architecture series was concerned with iconic buildings, not gaudy casinos.

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By in United Kingdom,

Wow... Looking forward to this.. One of the most iconic modern buildings!!

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By in United States,

There is already a LEGO Vegas Strip at LEGOLAND California, so maybe they wanted to do another casino.

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By in Denmark,

This will sell really well.... in Singapore!

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By in United States,

Hmm...do my eyes deceive me or does it say "LIMITED EDITION" on the top right corner of the box?

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By in United States,

Anyone who doesn't know this is an iconic building doesn't know anything about architecture.

The build looks interesting. Might make this my first architecture set.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Yes they could. They might specialize in classical architecture for example and know a huge amount about architecture, just not modern architecture.

Plus iconic does not necessarily mean well known.

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By in United Kingdom,

@mrbradford, you could be right. I wonder if it'll be only available in Singapore?

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By in United States,

This building is an eyesore. Represents everything wrong with the country. (I'm from Singapore btw.)

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By in Belgium,

@Demarco M: The three towers are not that special but the rooftop that connects all three of them is incredible. It has a long promenade and an 150 m infinity swimming pool. It looks like if you can just swim off the roof into the depth. I wonder how they made this in the Lego model.

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By in Singapore,

i will get one as it is a icon structure in Singapore where I am living now

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By in United States,

Cathedrals and Mosques and Synagogues are banned; Casinos are ok. Everyone is absolutely ok with gambling, said no one ever. What an odd development. Stay out of religion! Go gambling! WOOO TLG!

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By in Belgium,

^ It's pretty unlikely anyone will issue a death threat against Lego and its employees because they dared to encroach on their chosen casino. :)

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By in Canada,

Phooey on TLG for their stance. I hope Mega Bloks releases a collector's edition lineup of stunning religious edifices to show LEGO what they're missing.

Regarding this set in particular, I can already tell that it's going to be one of those absurdly overpriced Architecture sets; disappointing after the reasonably priced UN HQ. I can't see myself biting unless it retails for $30 CAD.

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By in United States,

LEGO should make a mini Las Vegas strip :)

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By in United Kingdom,

Ugh, I really hate that! Looks horrible and as UtarEmpire said it's quite an eyesore. :S

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By in United Kingdom,

The point about this building is not the casino part. But the interesting Roof top infinity swimming pool
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=marina+bay+sands+pool&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=_TNMUt6qO4q_0QXp5IDwBQ&ved=0CEAQsAQ&biw=1366&bih=643&dpr=1#facrc=_&imgdii=_&imgrc=Ra8_xxstPWhdLM%3A%3B1klViyJERsjmTM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fi.dailymail.co.uk%252Fi%252Fpix%252F2010%252F06%252F24%252Farticle-1289194-0A2C9449000005DC-36_964x512.jpg%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.dailymail.co.uk%252Fnews%252Farticle-1289194%252FMarina-Bay-Sands-resort-opens-Singapore.html%3B964%3B512

This makes the building Iconic and interesting for Lego to build.

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By in United States,

Neat to see yet another non-American modern architectural landmark. I wouldn't have recognized this building by its name or even necessarily by its appearance, but I recognize the name of the architect (Moshe Safdie), so that's something.

Wish the vertical curve on the building's towers were a little more gradual, like the horizontal curve of the General Assembly building in the United Nations Headquarters set. But I recognize that's probably not possible at this scale, considering you can't really do that without more complex SNOT techniques than would fit in such a narrow building.

I think the whining about LEGO's policy against religious content seems a little bit overblown. This is clearly meant to appeal to fans of modern skyscrapers — it's not really comparable to Notre Dame cathedral or the Sagrada Familia (as awesome as it might be to see a LEGO Notre Dame cathedral or Sagrada Familia). So it's not like this is coming at the expense of a religious building.

Furthermore, as some people have pointed out, a lot of people are a LOT more zealous about religious issues than about gambling. With a casino, I think people are going to quickly recognize that the set is about the iconic shape of the building, not what goes on inside. With a church, mosque, or synagogue, a lot of people would interpret any such set as the LEGO Group endorsing a particular religion, which would probably hurt sales not just of that set but of LEGO products as a whole.

Just recall the whole Jabba's Palace controversy and you'll realize just how extremely touchy the subject of religion is for a lot of people, even if no offense to any religious group was intended or even anticipated. Complain all you want about the pervasive nature of "political correctness", but the fact remains that in a business you do NOT want to drive off large, organized groups of customers based on beliefs that aren't even directly related to the product you're selling.

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By in France,

Moshie Safdie is also behind Habitat 67. If ever there was a building that lent itself to LEGO, that one would be it. Perhaps this is a harbinger of good things to come?

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By in United States,

No one has really heard of this building, but the Notre Dame, a marvel of architecture has not been done yet.

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By in Canada,

Moshe Safdie is a really important architect (Not to mention Canadian)... especially for us Lego fans. Simply look at his contribution to the Montreal World Expo (Habitat 67) to understand.

As a bona-fied architect myself, I greatly appreciate this model.

As for the rest of you crying over the lack of churches, give it a rest. Lego Architecture series is about education, religion is not.

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By in United States,

For the record, the Lego structure here is just the hotel. The casino is connected to it by tunnels. It is actually across the street from the hotel and in the middle of a shopping mall.

I fortunate enough to stay there earlier this year and it is an architectural marvel - inside and out.

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By in United States,

Looks like a nice build, a bit 'meh' in terms of choosing that they should make though. (Though of course I'm not in Singapore.)

And to anybody suggesting that LEGO makes a church, etc, sadly there is no chance in it happening seeing as LEGO have many times stated that they will not make any themes/sets of religous things.

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By in United States,

Is the LEGO Architecture series really about iconic architectural marvels or someone's or certain person's preference for modern architecture? Consider the series as so far developed. Sure, the Tower of Pisa is "ancient," but beyond that we are trapped in a modern world. Despite uninformed prejudices, all great architecture was not born of the 20th century. From that standpoint alone, this series is not really about anything.

Now consider the concept of of becoming an icon. With the exception of pop culture, which is "in the moment" by definition, gaining the sataus of an icon normally requires standing the test of time. Pulling 90%+ of examples from the last 100 years hardly fits the definition.

Sometimes entities lose icon status with time and sometimes they gain it. Remember that the Eiffel Tower was initially considered by many Parisians and others to be an eyesore. Yet, it is now considered by most to be iconic. Again, the value of perspective over time plays out. How does a relatively new building then qualify?

And even if the structure is worthy of a LEGO Architecture set, this rendering is weak at best.

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By in New Zealand,

CCC- "Plus iconic does not necessarily mean well known."

Actually it does. An icon is something very famous...

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By in Australia,

I love the Marina Bay Sands but I don't think this LEGO set does it justice. In fact, it's kind of ugly.

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By in United Kingdom,

I think you should stick to the news at LEGO.com if you don't want spoliers @psymon...

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By in Indonesia,

Having stayed at that hotel for one night and swam at that iconic pool...I must say it's a bloody good hotel. Will be interested to see if they did anything interesting with that roof...

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By in New Zealand,

Just thought I'd note that The Brick Fan said this in their article about the same piece of news:

"Back in August, we reported that the resort in Singapore won the annual LEGO “Vote & Inspire Us” poll and would be the next Architecture set that will be released."

"Another thing that was revealed by Brick Owl was a couple more LEGO Architecture sets that will be available later this year and early next year. One is the Marina Bay Sands which is a resort in Singapore. It is the world’s most expensive standalone casino and also features a hotel, a shopping mall, a museum, two theaters, seven celebrity chef restaurants, and an ice skating rink just to name a few. The Marina Bay Sands was structure that won the annual LEGO “Vote & Inspire Us” poll. The second LEGO Architecture set that was reported was the Eiffel Tower. That set is expected to be released sometime in the first quarter of 2014. There’s no word on the number of pieces or the prices of the sets revealed by Brick Owl but we’re sure that we’ll be hearing more about them as the year comes closer to an end."

Links to articles: http://www.thebrickfan.com/lego-architecture-marina-bay-sands-21021-revealed/ and http://www.thebrickfan.com/more-2014-lego-sets-revealed/

So it seems as though it wasn't LEGO that chose to produce Marina Bay Sands as the next Architecture set.

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By in Singapore,

Feel that the description leads to many negative comment
'Wikipedia says "Marina Bay Sands is an Integrated Resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world's most expensive standalone casino property at S$8 billion, including cost of the prime land".' The word casino is not the proper word to use and cause alot of misleading thinking in here.

Well, Singapore is a small country, just a little tiny dot on the world map, i wont be surprise that people ever heard of this country Singapore, and even the Marina Bay Sands hotel.

Go watch MegaStructures @ National Geographic, they feature the Marina Bay Sands in it, maybe you can understand more on Marina bay sans (the design, the engineering process of building the whole hotel)
And also, all the building featured in this program are quite impressive and 'wow', i feel. :)

If you see the list of Architecture series, sure there are some of the building that we even do not know that it even exist.
Maybe like 21005 Fallingwater? 21009 Farnsworth House? etc etc..

So i would say that the Architecture series is produce base by the Design and impressiveness of the Building/Architecture, and not an Iconic issue.

But sad to say, i feel that the overall layout of the Marina Bay Sands is not fully capture, like the two floating Crystal Pavilions, the 'lotus' museum, The Shoppes building. It is all these things added in made the whole MBS beautiful.

By the way, i'm from Singapore :)

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By in Singapore,

I am from Singapore too and we were once a british colony, a major shipping and trade centre. Its okay a lot of people dont know us cos it took us more than 30 years to even decide to build it... In my honest opinion, its ugly as hell and a massive waste of space but it was an amazing building from an engineering point of view. Its like build lego on air. It is making a hell lot of money too, with over 98% occupancy at any given time... BTW, we have 2 casinos. :-)

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