LEGO Architecture Rockefeller Plaza 21007
The Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres (89,000 m2) between 48th and 51st streets in New York City. Built by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning the area between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue. Rockefeller Center represents a turning point in the history of architectural sculpture: It is among the last major building projects in the United States to incorporate a program of integrated public art. Sculptor Lee Lawrie contributed the largest number of individual pieces - twelve - including the statue of Atlas facing Fifth Avenue and the conspicuous friezes above the main entrance to the RCA Building.The Center is a combination of two building complexes: the older and original fourteen Art Deco office buildings from the 1930s, and a set of four International-style towers built along the west side of Avenue of the Americas during the 1960s and 1970s.
LEGO Architecture Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 21004
The Solomon R. Guggenheim is one of New York City's best-known museums. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the greatest architects of the 20th century, the museum opened just six months after he passed away. This intricately built LEGO model, co-developed and designed by architect Adam Reed Tucker, celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright's innovative vision and organic architectural style.
LEGO Architecture Robie House 21010
It is difficult, if not impossible, to discuss modern American or international architecture without mentioning Frederick C. Robie House. The actual geography of the site itself helped determine Frank Lloyd Wright's design. Measuring 18 meters (60 ft.) by 55 meters (180 ft.), the corner lot was three times as long as it was wide. These dimensions led Wright to think of the home in terms of two long, narrow rectangles. When viewed from above, the two rectangles are easy to see; however, from the street, each blends into the other, forming what looks like a single, continuous horizontal structure.Robie House was one of the first residences to incorporate steel beams directly into its design. These strong beams in the ceilings and floors were necessary to create the cantilevered balconies, which appear to be suspended in mid-air. As the steel beams also carry most of the building's weight, the exterior walls have little structural function, which in turn allowed Wright to fill them with large numbers of doors and windows. The entire building fills approximately 841.9 m2 (9,062 square ft.). The front door and main entrance were deliberately hidden on the northwest side of the building beneath an overhanging balcony in order to create a sense of privacy.
LEGO Architecture Willis Tower 21000
When completed in 1973, the Willis Tower was the world's tallest building at 110 stories. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Illinois, USA, the Willis Tower was the first skyscraper to use the innovative "bundled-tubular" design, which gave it its characteristic step-back appearance. This iconic LEGO model, co-developed and designed by Adam Reed Tucker, captures the essence of the bold age of skyscraper design.
LEGO Architecture Farnsworth House 21009
Farnsworth House was designed and constructed between 1945 and 1951 as a one-room weekend retreat, located in a once-rural setting, 89 km(55 miles) southwest of Chicago on a 240,000 m2(60-acre) estate adjoining the Fox River, in the city of Plano, Illinois. Mies van der Rohe conceived Farnsworth House as a structure that was both independent of and intertwined with the nature around it. The simple elongated cubic form of the house runs parallel to the flow of the river and is placed in the cooling shadow of a large and majestic black maple tree. The house is elevated 1.60 m (5.3 ft.) above the flood plain by eight steel columns, which are attached to the sides of the floor and ceiling slabs. The end of the slabs extend beyond the column supports, creating cantilevers. The house seems to float weightlessly above the ground it occupies. The interior appears to be one large room filled with freestanding elements. The space flows around two wood blocks called "cores". The fireplace-kitchen core appears almost as a separate house nestling within the larger glass house. The materials used are quietly luxurious - travertine floors, primavera paneling and silk curtains - and the detailing minimal and meticulous.
LEGO Architecture The White House 21006
Located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C., the White House has been at the heart of American history for over two centuries and today is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. It is a grand mansion in the neoclassical Federal style, with details that echo classical Greek Ionic architecture. The architect's original design was modeled after the Leinster House in Dublin, Ireland and did not include the north and south porticos. The White House has a total of six floors; a two-story basement, the Ground Floor, State Floor, Second Floor and Third Floor. There are 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, and 6 levels in the White House. There are also 412 doors, 147 windows, 28 fireplaces, 8 staircases, and 3 elevators. The exterior of the White House was expanded to include two colonnades in 1801. Further additions include the South portico in 1824 and the North portico in 1829. Today, the porticos connect to the East and West Wings. The West Wing was added to the house in 1901, with the Oval Office added to the wing in 1909. The East Wing was added in 1942.
LEGO Architecture Brandenburg Gate 21011
The Gate was constructed between 1788 and 1791 according to the designs of its architect, Carl Gotthard Langhans. The Gate itself is built in sandstone and consists of twelve Doric columns, six to each side, forming five passageways. Citizens originally were allowed to use only the outermost two, the central passageway being reserved for Prussian royalty and visiting foreign dignitaries. Though the Brandenburg Gate has remained essentially unchanged since its completion, it has had a turbulent existence. In 2000, the Berlin Monument Conservation Foundation began a full restoration of the Brandenburg Gate. It opened to the public again on October 3rd 2002, the twelfth anniversary of German Reunification. Today, Brandenburg Gate is regarded as one of Europe's most famous landmarks.