You don't have to be an architect to realise your building design vision - well, at least in miniature. Architectural construction games have been part of many a childhood memory, and the new Lego Architecture Studio set is the latest incarnation of the much-loved toy building bricks.
The project is the Danish construction toy manufacturer's exciting new venture into the architecture field, following up from their coveted Architecture models series, which features mini Lego versions of buildings such as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House and Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye.
The Architecture Studio's box includes over 1,200 monochromatic building pieces matched with a 250-page guidebook that provides food for thought and inspiration on how to build and what.
Lego's Architecture Studio may be, in its essence, a toy but it comes with some serious design credentials. Developed together with representatives of the architecture field, the set is endorsed by leading firms such as Sou Fujimoto, Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, MAD Architects and REX architecture. A series of building exercises and techniques based on the architects' body of work are included in the guidebook.
The Lego Architecture Studio set is a great tool for some hands-on miniature architecture fun and it was recently launched in a creative workshop in London that invited participants to create from the Eiffel tower to their own mini architectural masterpiece, led by Urban Designer and founder of Common Office Finn Williams.
The possibilities seem endless. Says Williams: 'Architecture Studio takes Lego fans back to the basic building bricks that have inspired generations of aspiring architects, including me.'