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New Frank Lloyd Wright models by LEGO Architecture founder Adam Reed Tucker

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Long-time fans of the LEGO Architecture series are probably familiar with Adam Reed Tucker, since he founded the LEGO Architecture series in 2007 in partnership with The LEGO Group.  Adam designed 16 sets in the LEGO Architecture series, and helped write the book LEGO Architecture: The Visual Guide

I recently noticed (on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's website) that Adam designed three nice looking models based on iconic Frank Lloyd Wright buildings which have not been included in the LEGO Architecture series yet...

 

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Martin House (1904, Buffalo, NY), 1961 pieces.

 

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Taliesin West (1937, Scottsdale, AZ), 1763 pieces.

 

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Unity Temple (1908, Oak Park, IL), 912 pieces.

 

All three models are designed using common LEGO Elements, so you can try to re-create them from the photos if you like.  I particularly like the model of Taliesin West, with it's angular roof-line of alternating white and dark red stripes.
 

In full disclosure: All three models are available for sale through his new company The Atom Brick, but the kits do not include LEGO Bricks.  Instead, they come with parts supplied by LOZ, which are 3/4 the size of LEGO bricks, but have the same shapes and proportions.
 

Because I love seeing beautiful Architecture models, I reached out to Adam to learn a lot more about the models, his passion for Architecture, and his decision to create a new company in order to create these sets.  I interviewed Adam and wrote an article about these models on my website—It's an interesting read for anyone who loves the LEGO Architecture series like I do!

Sincerely,
—Tom Alphin

 

LINK TO ARTICLE: brickarchitect.com/2020/adam-reed-tucker-the-atom-brick/

 

P.S.  I definitely have mixed feelings that these nice looking models aren't available with LEGO Bricks.  What do you think of the models?

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I just posted a review of the Unity Temple set at brickarchitect.com which talks about both the set design, and the tiny LOZ bricks.  Here are some highlights...
 

Set Design:

In general, the model is well designed, and comparable to sets in the Architecture series.  The closest comparison is the Imperial Hotel, which employs similar building techniques even tough the building is from a later transitional period in his "prairie style" of architecture.

I did notice some illegal building techniques, and some steps of the instruction booklet which could have been made clearer.  I also disliked the building technique used for the trees (which was made worse by some tolerance issues on the tiny LOZ bricks.)

 

LOZ Bricks:

My first impression of the LOZ bricks was twofold: They are better quality than I expected, and they are really tiny (see calculations above...)

Once I started building, I did discover a few mounds which were of inconsistent quality, and about three parts which had one sharper edge than I would have liked to see.

I do think that the bricks are too small for the intricate building techniques which are common in the Architecture series.  Stacking 1x1 elements and ensuring that they are aligned correctly was time consuming and miserable at times.  (It's already difficult enough with larger LEGO-sized pieces!)  The smaller size is an interesting novelty at first, but in practice the small size is more frustrating than the minor quality issues I encountered.

 

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Sincerely,
—Tom Alphin

 

P.S. What do you think of the set design—Is it something you are interested in adding to your collection?   Do you have any further questions about the set or the LOZ bricks?


P.S.S. Review of Taliesin West coming soon!

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The buildings do look really nice, but I strongly dislike the not using of LEGO bricks and instead opting for the smaller LOZ bricks. That in itself is already a full deal breaker.

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This quote sums it up nicely.

”This was my first time building with the smaller LOZ bricks. The quality is not quite as consistent as LEGO bricks, but it’s a lot better than other brands ”

Just get ahold of the instructions and build with LEGO bricks instead of 25% smaller generic elements.

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6 hours ago, jaisonline said:

Just get ahold of the instructions and build with LEGO bricks instead of 25% smaller generic elements.

You will need to modify the instructions a bit to work around parts which are not available in the needed color.  For Unity Temple, Trans-clear 2×4, 6×6, and 4×8 will be an issue for sure; didn't look up availability of all the other parts.

I would probably also fix the illegal building techniques called out in the article which are near the base of the model.  It would just require some simple substitutions of plates for tiles around the perimeter.

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I just want to say I really appreciate your posts and reviews. Well done.

Bummer they aren't doing more of these in Lego, but I think they are just too niche for mass market.

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