The Lego Architecture Studio 21050 set is really a one-of-a-kind set.
It is unique because it does not come with the usual colorful bricks and it also does not have instructions to build a specific model. With over 1200 bricks this set is meant to give free reign to your creativity and is intended for the older teens and adults.
At last you can set your imagination free and design and build your own architectural creations without being told exactly what they must look like. This is truly a set that can be used over and over again to build many different designs. It has been used by architectural students to build models of their designs, but it can also be used just for fun and to unleash your creativity. The inspirational booklet included in the set will get soon have you building some amazing buildings.
The set comes with only white and transparent bricks in many different shapes and sizes, 1210 pieces in total.
There is an inspirational book included in the set that will help you to get going, but it is different form the usual instruction booklets that come with most Lego sets. This book gives you some general tips, exercises to get some practice with different building ideas and it explains different design techniques. Some architects from famous companies such as Sou Fujimoto Architects, SOM, MAD Architects, Safdie Architects, REX Architecture, and Tham & Videgård Arkitekter have made contributions to the tips and design techniques featured in the book. The book has a lot of information and ideas in its 272 pages.
This set will suit both the casual Lego building enthusiast, as well as adults interested in architecture or even those studying the subject. It is great for projects as well as just giving you the opportunity to unleash your creativity.
Although this set has been discontinued by Lego, there are still some available to buy. I imagine that the price might start going up over time when there are fewer of these sets available.
Other than the booklet included in the set, there are also other books that can be used with this set:
- The Lego Architect by Tom Alphin (192 pages) and
- The Lego Architecture Idea Book by Alice Finch (232 pages).
This set can keep you busy for as long as you let your imagination loose. Whether you are creating a building to put on display for a while, or just experimenting with different designs and techniques, you will be free to give your creativity free reign. This set, in my opinion, is definitely worth having in your collection of building sets.
If you want something that has actual designs to build there is a Lego architecture series that features specific famous buildings with detailed instructions to build them, as well as the Lego Architecture Sklyline series.
Do you like the idea of a set with no specific instructions, but just an ideas book? Or do you prefer the more predictable sets with full instructions? Please share your thoughts below.