The LEGO Architect

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No Starch Press has just sent through information on one of the most hotly anticipated LEGO books to be published later this year, not least because it's authored by Brickset member henrysunset (aka Tom Alphin).

Here's the spiel. You'll find some sample spreads after the break.

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 theatre
  • 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 and can be pre-ordered at Amazon: Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com | Amazon.ca

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13 comments on this article

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By in Poland,

Looks great, that is the book I might be interested in.
Also, i never heard of brutalism before, it's good to learn something new. I think it was quite similar to communist era socrealism.

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By in United States,

Rad

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By in United States,

I'm not an Architecture guy, but that looks awesome.

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By in United States,

@nudny, Brutalism is closely related to Soviet architecture of the cold-war era, so you are totally right.

Both styles started off in the late 50's by celebrating the sculptural capabilities of reinforced concrete which is poured on the building site, and both styles moved from a creative celebration of new materials to a focus on the low cost of construction. As the global economy slowed in the 1970's, a lot of the really crappy buildings in the style were built. By the 1980's, architectural trends had moved to Postmodernism, which is covered in a different chapter :-)

I am excited to hear the enthusiastic responses, and am happy to answer further questions about the book!

---tom

P.S. I have a stack of promotional postcards which I'm happy to send to anyone who is interested, and some additional info about the book at http://thebrickarchitect.com/book/

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By in United States,

Interesting idea. I would not claim myself to be an architecture person. I know I like looking at different styles and seeing how they are done (in real life or LEGO). So this book might be an interesting read.

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By in United Kingdom,

Congrats Tom! Must have been quite an effort to get to print. How long did it take, from initial idea to holding the book in your hands?

I love the Architecture line - I think this will be going on my wishlist.

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By in Italy,

Looks awesome, but could someone teach them how to turn of shadows in renderings - please!

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By in United Kingdom,

This looks to be excellent and right up my (Brutalist) Street. Speaking of Brutalism, i'm sure Huw remembers the Tricorn, a fantastic example of the style which is no more.

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By in United States,

@BooTheMightyHamster, I started blogging about LEGO architecture in October 2013, but I didn't start "writing" the book until Feb 2014, for a total of 15 months of writing, editing, etc...

I plan to write up a longer "behind the scenes" which I will share at the same website in the next couple months....

I hope you enjoy it!
---tom

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By in United Kingdom,

My postcard arrived this morning. Thank you Tom.

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By in United States,

I just noticed the pre-order price at Amazon US has dropped to 15.05$, which is the lowest price yet.

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