The LEGO Architect, by Tom Alphin
ARCHITECT Staff The LEGO Architect, by Tom Alphin

If you're an architect with kids, or even just an enthusiast with your own LEGO bricks, you may have found yourself having a "Eureka!" moment shortly after stepping barefoot upon one of the notoriously pointy bricks at home. Filled with inspiration, but saving you that shockwave of pain is The LEGO Architect, a title just released by the No Starch Press, written by Microsoft UX program manager (and full-time LEGO fan) Tom Alphin. 


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The LEGO Architect explores the range of architectural expression available outside pre-packaged sets. Never was there a medium more predisposed toward the creation of miniature Brutalism: If you've looked at the gray bricks of the castle collections and thought about constructing a tabletop version of Le Corbusier's Chandigarh, this book is for you. 


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"The official LEGO Architecture sets are bestsellers because they allow people to experience architecture hands-on, by recreating famous buildings," Alphin said in a release. "My book runs with this idea, but with the broader goal of exploring many influential architectural styles."


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Those styles cover seven styles from the last 500 years:  Neoclassical, Prairie, Art Deco, Modernism, Brutalism, Postmodernism, and High-Tech. Photographs of LEGO models accompany photographs of the buildings those models represent, and step-by-step instructions in the vein of the packaged LEGO sets illustrate how to build everything from a dome to a curtainwall to a glass library reminiscent of the Geisel Library in San Deigo by Pereira & Associates. 

The LEGO Architect (September 2015, No Starch Press)


ARCHITECT Staff built these miniature LEGO national monuments. Pictured, left to right: The Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Washington Monument. 
ARCHITECT Staff built these miniature LEGO national monuments. Pictured, left to right: The Lincoln Memorial, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Washington Monument.