LEGO Architecture Imperial Hotel 21017 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
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- Replica of real-world architectural landmark
- Booklet included with details on design and history (English language only)
- Explore advanced building techniques
- Collect all of the LEGO Architecture series models
- Measures over 4" (10cm) tall, 11" (28cm) wide and 9" (24cm) deep
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Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright from 1916-1922, the Imperial Hotel of Tokyo, Japan was commissioned to bridge the divide between the Western and Eastern worlds. This modern masterpiece exemplifies Frank Lloyd Wright's imagination and genius, designed in the shape of its own monogram logo and strong enough to withstand Japans frequent and devastating earthquakes. Today, the main entrance and lobby are all that remains of this icon, displayed in the Meiji Museum in Nogoya, Japan. This highly detailed LEGO model, co-developed and designed by LEGO architects, captures all of the distinctive features that made the Imperial Hotel an architectural landmark for generations. The assembled Imperial Hotel model stands over 11" (28cm) wide on a base with printed name label. Set includes a booklet with facts about the building, its construction and its history. Replica of real-world architectural landmark Booklet included with details on design and history (English language only) Explore advanced building techniques Collect all of the LEGO Architecture series models Measures over 4" (10cm) tall, 11" (28cm) wide and 9" (24cm) deep.
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Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright from 1916-1922, the Imperial Hotel of Tokyo, Japan was commissioned to bridge the divide between the Western and Eastern worlds. This modern masterpiece exemplifies Frank Lloyd Wright's imagination and genius, designed in the shape of its own monogram logo and strong enough to withstand Japanese frequent and devastating earthquakes. Today, the main entrance and lobby are all that remains of this icon, displayed in the Meiji Museum in Nogoya, Japan. This highly detailed LEGOÂ model, co-developed and designed by LEGO architects, captures all of the distinctive features that made the Imperial Hotel an architectural landmark for generations. The assembled Imperial Hotel model stands over 11" (28cm) wide on a base with printed name label. Set includes a booklet with facts about the building, its construction and its history.
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|Item Dimensions||10.31 x 15.04 x 2.78 in||7.52 x 10.31 x 2.83 in||2.76 x 15.04 x 10.31 in||3 x 19 x 11 in||7.52 x 10.31 x 2.83 in||6.2 x 4.3 x 2.6 in|
|Item Weight||3.33 lbs||1.64 lbs||2.7 lbs||5 lbs||2.18 lbs||0.9 lb|
|Number of Pieces||1,188||597||815||2,276||731||270|
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Together, my son and I have completed three other Lego Architecture Series projects as well including The Robbie House, Falling Water (the Kauffman House) and Villa Savoye. Of the four, I would have to say that visually - the Imperial Hotel is probably my favorite of the four sets. The Robbie House is certainly impressive as well but the finished Imperial Hotel is a wonderful scale and the color combinations are really beautiful. The really neat thing about the Robbie house is that you can remove the roofs and put a few battery operated LED lights on the inside and the building will glow from the inside out (talk about impressing my nine year old and the nine year old in all of us.). It's not possible to light the Imperial Hotel as the roof planes are locked in place once they are put together.
If you are thinking of buying this set for a kid under 12 years old you should be aware that there are A LOT of small pieces and some fairly tricky steps involved in the construction of the final product. Even with some pretty close supervision - there were a few times where we had to go back a few steps and take things apart because of some minor confusion (A pain with these really small pieces). If you are prepared to take some time and have a good deal of patience it all pays off in a beautiful final product - and gives both kids and adults a good sense of accomplishment when you snap the last Lego into place.
Also - I am an architect and this is a really fun way to introduce kids to the joys of architecture and begin to introduce young people to the vocabulary of design and architecture. The projects allow you demonstrate various aspects of visual design such as the horizontal planes favored by Mr. Wright, the use of colors and materials and even some structural concepts such as cantilevers and post-and-beam concepts. My boy may not follow in my footsteps as an architect but these projects certainly give him an idea of the wonders and ideas of architecture and his father's passion. I only hope that Lego continues to put out more of the Architecture Series. (How about Taliesin West Lego people?)
If you are just starting out with the Lego Architecture series and doing the project with a kid, I would recommend starting with the easier projects first and working up - start with the Farnsworth House or Villa Savoye, move up to Falling Water and then it's pretty much a toss-up in terms of difficulty/time for the Robbie House and the Imperial Hotel sets. Just be patient and willing to put in the time and your efforts will be rewarded.
In the end - all of these projects are like little pieces of art - I have them on my desk in my den and office and people are always commenting and amazed that these are Lego projects.
One final note - this is NOT the entire Imperial Hotel - This Lego project only represents a small part of a much larger hotel complex. This Lego set represents only the entry lobby portico - so purists should be aware of that aspect and not expect that you are going to do the entire hotel as Mr. Wright designed the project.
1. Piece #4211052: the pattern says that I should have received 6 of them; in actuality I received 5. I double and triple checked this count. This was about my 10th architectural project so I borrowed spare parts from previous projects to make this work but being a perfectionist, only I know this was not correct and not the same color. No one would know but me.
2. As I said, this was about my 10th architectural project, in all other pattern books the placement of the pieces was outlined in red - not so in this especially challenging project. It was not insurmountable but made it some what more challenging.
3. The little orange tool that has been included in some of the projects: I do not see it's significance. Perhaps I haven't learned to use it, but I've tried. A sharp knife works better to separate the tight pieces should you need to go back and make a correction (just don't cut yourself).
Don't let any of this discourage you from attempting this wonderful piece. When it's done it's still a wonderful feeling of accomplishment.
This monumental Lego set contains over 1100 pieces which is quite challenging. Again on three separate occasions I found missing pieces which halted construction. Utilizing the Lego website I got those missing pieces. However it is upsetting that so many key pieces were missing and caused the halting of the construction. Something that could have taken about 4 man hours of construction took me almost a month in which I was waiting for the pieces.
Since this project had so many pieces, I found it helpful to segregate all these bricks by color. In following the directions I found the segregation by color to be most helpful. Also I found some of the instructions which are done with pictures only to be hard to determine the placement of certain bricks as the angle of the picture did not make it clear.
However, once assembled I found this building to be on the level of Fallingwater as to a great detailed architectural replica. Very well done indeed and one to be proud to display.