by Philip Wilkinson in collaboration with Adam Reed Tucker
New York: DK Publishing, 2014
“Lego Architecture: The Visual Guide” is a fascinating coffee table book for anyone who loves Legos or is interested in architecture. The Lego Architecture line began in 2008 with the creation of sets featuring the Willis Tower and the John Hancock Center. It has since expanded to include many of the world’s iconic buildings, such as The Space Needle, Brandenburg Gate, Big Ben, Sydney Opera House, The United Nations Headquarters and many more. This book explores how each of these sets was designed as well as offers a brief exploration of the original building the set was based on.
It is truly amazing to read how these talented Lego designers managed to capture the feel for the architecture of these incredible buildings by using bricks of various shapes and sizes. It also introduces the reader to architectural wonders he or she might not be familiar with. The book itself is sleek, beautiful, and well-designed and comes in an attractive case. It would appeal to Lego aficionados age 12 and up. It could definitely be used to encourage or expand on an interest in architecture.