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LEGO Architecture Robie House 21010
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- Interpretation of real-world architectural icon Robie House.
- Booklet included with details on design and history (English language only. Other languages available for download).
- Measures 4.5" (11.5cm) tall, 16.5" (42cm) wide and 7.5" (19.2cm) deep.
- Collect the entire Landmark and Architect series sets.
- LEGO® Architecture inspires future architects, engineers and designers.
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Completed in 1910, Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago's affluent Hyde Park neighborhood is considered to be Frank Lloyd Wright's most accomplished Prairie-style work. This style is acknowledged as the first truly American style, and is characterized by dominating horizontal lines, banded rows of windows and spacious, open floor plans. F.C. Robie commissioned Wright to design a home that would provide beautiful vistas of the surrounding neighborhood, while maintaining privacy for his family. The final 9,062-square-foot design met the brief perfectly, combining a large window space to give an abundance of light, impressive views of the park and flowing interior spaces. This LEGO Architecture series interpretation of Robie House was designed by US architect Adam Reed Tucker in collaboration with the LEGO design team.
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|Item Dimensions||11 x 18.7 x 3 in||7.52 x 10.31 x 2.83 in||2.76 x 15.04 x 10.31 in||2.4 x 10.3 x 7.52 in|
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Top Customer Reviews
The Robie House is beautiful. The Dark Red pieces are a great color, far removed from the toy-like primary colors of a standard lego set. When you get done, you have a model that is nearly a work of art. It looks great in the living room or, for that matter, on the corner of your desk at work. It is not as large or complex as the gorgeous Tower Bridge, but you also do not need 3 1/2 feet of your coffee table to display it. Also, I do not think you really could buy the pieces for Robie House on Brinklink and save money - just checked a couple of the main pieces, and you would have to order from more than one vender, with multiple postage fees, plus the nuisance of spending your time. Not worth it.
Models like the Robie House are meant for adults, and if adults do not appreciate them enough to buy them, they will go away, as anything else in business. I have a lot of lego models - Tower Bridge, Emporium, Medieval Village, FallingWater, Fire Station, even a 20" Lego Yoda looking over my home office. If you are limited in budget to just one really good Lego model, then do not get Robie House. Get Tower Bridge, for its awesomeness and value; or Medieval Village for its play value and price; or even Harry Potter's DiagonAlley, for its fun and cool looks. But, for a handsome demonstration model that looks great, fits in a lot of places, and will get adults to look at it, then Robie House is five stars for this reviewer.
Like everyone else, I also felt that the set was really expensive. I've never spent $200 for a lego set. The most I've spent was the $150 for the Modular Houses, and even that made me cringe a bit. They're so darned fun and detailed that I just can't help myself. From a price to piece standpoint, the set is still less than 10 cents per piece. That's still on par with 90% of the lego sets out there (certainly with the larger, licensed sets).
My girlfriend and I were fortunate enough to go to the unveiling of this set at the actual Robie House in Chicago. We didn't initially have plans to buy the set, but after seeing the actual house and comparing it to the set, we couldn't resist. There are soooo many little details that make this an amazing piece of art.
The set is about 16" wide and about 5" tall. Like all of the previous Architecture sets, it is completely solid. Also like the other Architecture sets, you don't just stack the bricks on top of each other. The pattern of the brick placement mimics the brick pattern of the actual house. This is why so many of the pieces are 1x2 plates. The real house's bricks are short and wide, and that kind of attention to detail makes this set so special. Could the set have been made with standard bricks, thus reducing the cost? Sure, but then this detail would have been completely missed.
Another great detail is that the base of the set is 3 layers deep (instead of the normal 2). The reason for this is to allow for a recessed "courtyard" in front of the house. In real life, the courtyard is below the level of the sidewalk, and this is not ignored in the set. Again, an amazing little detail that makes this set so special and true to life. Could they have reduced the piece count to make this set cheaper? Yes, but this detail would be missed.
The windows could have been made by using clear bricks. Instead, they are created by stacking clear plates. Would the bricks have used fewer pieces and cost less? Yes, but by stacking the plates, you can actually mimic the famouse Frank Lloyd Wright windows.
Yes, the set could have been cheaper. I wish that it was cheaper (that's really the only reason this doesn't have 5 stars). Having seen the set and seen the house, however, the extra cost is worth it in my opinion. You don't buy the Architecture sets as a place to store your minifigures. You buy them as a piece of art. From that standpoint, the extra cost is justified.
Bottom line, if you can afford it, it's an amazing, amazing set. The attention to detail is great, and there is even a piece developed for this set (it's an inverse corner piece). For those of you waiting until the set drops in price, you will be waiting forever. These sets are designed to be souvenirs or display pieces. As such, Lego will not drop the prices. These pieces will be retired at the same cost to the customer. Unless Amazon has a site-wide sale, your best bet is to pick it up now.
Maybe I am slower than average, but I try to take my time and ensure I make no mistakes because a mistake on something like this can wreck havoc. Right now, though, now that I done, I feel inspired by its beauty. This was a Christmas gift for me and it's one of the best I have ever received. Seriously, despite the cost, get it - it will probably last you a lifetime and give whatever corner you put it into a little piece of perfect beauty.