LEGO Announces Wright’s Imperial Hotel As Next In ‘Architecture Series’
January 21, 2013
Whoever is curating LEGO’s Architecture series has our approval. The legendary toymaker has already pixelized some fantastic, if obvious, buildings, from the Villa Savoye to the Farnsworth House and, of course, Fallingwater. Now, LEGO has announced the next classic to be immortalized in the plastic colored bricks. Frank Lloyd Wright’s tragically demolished Imperial Hotel will be the first of the LEGO “Architect” sets to be released in 2013, setting the bar high for the coming toy year. Continue.
The Imperial Hotel is the fourth Wright design to be inducted into LEGOdom, following the Robie House, Fallingwater, and the Guggenheim Museum. The set, which consists of 1,188 bricks, is an admirable abbreviation of the original design, with the more finessed details inevitably rendered clunky and a bit awkward. Still, the massing remains true to Wright’s scheme, which references pre-Colombian building cultures. The color scheme is also fairly consistent with the building, though the concrete is a shade (#51?) too gray. You can take the model home for $90-$100.
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