Although I am not an architect, I do appreciate architecture, design, and history. This year for Christmas, my wife bought me a Lego set. Yes a Lego set. You are never too old for Lego!

Lego has a new line of kits that have broad appeal. The series, called Lego Architecture; showcases building such as the Empire State Building and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to just name a few. The suggested ages are 10+ and I look forward to receiving more of the sets from the series.

The set I received is the Empire State Building. The set is relatively easy to build, even for a forty-something like me. 77 pieces and it cost $19.99 at the Lego Store. I saw on-line for more so be sure to shop around. The instructions supplied in the kit include facts about the building and its history. There’s also a blurb about the artist Adam Reed Tucker. Talk about a dream job, being a Lego artist. Not that’s cool.

Here is the link to the site: http://architecture.lego.com/ and an excerpt from the “About page”

The LEGO® Group and Adam Reed Tucker are excited to bring you this new line of distinctive landmark building sets. Our hope is that this will inspire minds of all ages whether you’re young and eager to learn or young at heart and simply intrigued by these modern day marvels. The idea behind LEGO© Architecture is to celebrate the past, present and future of architecture through the LEGO Brick. Through products and events we wish to promote an awareness of the fascinating worlds of Architecture, Engineering and Construction. Initially, we are featuring a pair of Chicago’s most famous landmarks: The Sears Tower and The John Hancock Center. Eventually, we wish to offer other famous landmarks throughout the world celebrating influential architects and movements that have shaped the environment around us. We hope to inspire future architects around the world with the brick as a medium.

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