- Age Range: 10 and up
- Grade Level: 5 and up
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593276133
- ISBN-13: 978-1593276133
- Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 142 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The LEGO Architect 1st Edition
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"Stunning...be the Corbusier of LEGO."—Wall Street Journal
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About the Author
Tom Alphin is a UX Program Manager at Microsoft and a passionate LEGO fan. He maintains a blog about LEGO and other things at tomalphin.com
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My wife wound up purchasing me this book and I was enthralled from the minute I opened it up. First off, I absolutely love how Tom uses all white Legos with most of the projects. It really keeps the focus on the overall design of the buildings and it just gives it a very clean design. The photography in this book is top notch and includes both pictures of models and real world architecture. Basically this book introudces you to 7 popular styles of architecture including Art Deco, Post Modern, Neoclassical, etc. So its really both a basic educational book on various styles of architecture and a tutorial book that teaches you how to build these kinds of buildings. There are 12 models in total that it will teach you how to build and each and every one of them is both unique and beautiful.
Bottom line - this is really one of the nicest architecture based lego books I have seen to date. By the time your done with this book your have a better knowledge of architecture in general and will know how to create Lego buildings in the various styles of architecture the book touches on. Of course, being an architectural photographer, one of my favorite aspects to building these kinds of models is photographing them when I am done. Using a 4x5 camera to photograph architectural lego models is quickly becoming one of my favorite hobbies within photography. If your a fan of building lego architecture, or even if your just a fan of architecture, I highly recommend at least giving this book a look. Its truly is one of the best books on the market in regards to legos and architecture and you will come out the other end with both a better knowledge of architecture and better skills at building your own buidlings. And best of all, none of them are super complicated. This book is a great book even for younger and less skilled Lego enthusiasts.
All in all, just a stunning book all the way around. Again, if your a fan of Lego's and architecture, you simply can't go wrong by adding this book to your bookshelf.
I am a huge fan of the “You view it and you do it” genre of LEGO books and Tom Alphin’s The LEGO Architect book is a winner. Alphin introduces you to a particular style and description of architecture, then offers instructions so you can build an example yourself.
Unlike other building books that require a room-full of specialized bricks in a myriad of colors, Alphin sticks to small-scale models using only white bricks. These monochrome creations still look great while forcing you to focus on their defining attributes.
The LEGO Architect begins with an overview of neoclassical architecture and invites you to build a tiny domed building. Next you move on to prairie and art deco styles, modern and brutalist works, then wrap up with post-modern and high tech architecture. There’s a small model you can build that illustrates each style, yet it is pretty interesting to just look at the building instructions.
Alphin wraps up the book by profiling a few LEGO building experts while remaining true to the architectural theme. You will learn about scale, form, detail, color and the various types of bricks you can use to create your own architectural masterpieces.