"I picked this set up at B&N. It's worth the purchase for any fan of architecture or design. The massive book that comes with it is not an instruction book, but rather an introduction to architectural thought and design. It's concepts make the set worth the purchase alone.
There is a good variety of pieces, but omissions such as antennas and cones and other like pieces is baffling; as is the inclusion of images on the box that, while impressive, require a disclaimer that says you can't build the LEGO structures shown with the pieces inside.
The other odd omission is a piece separator. Of all the sets that need this, the architecture sets are at the top of the list. I have one I can use, but why it isn't included is a mystery to me.
The other odd thing is the interior packing. The is one large cardboard tray, two small cardboard trays, and two plastic trays with sub compartments. These are great to have, but they fit very awkwardly in the box and it doesn't take much to see how that could be better. It would also have been nice to have two additional plastic trays. There was the potential here for a really good portable package design, but the execution fails to match the potential -- especially for those who would want to keep this set together in it's box. I might do this, but it will be almost the only set (out of dozens) that I treat this way.
I wanted to be an architect as a kid and this set has renewed that dream."
I would recommend this to a friend!
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Review 2 for Studio
The book is epic!
Posted:December 1, 2013
From: United States
Customer Type: LEGO Fan
Building Experience: Advanced LEGO builder
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"the piece selection is good ( though it could use some more cone and antenna pieces).
the piece count is not very good considering there are no minifigs.
but the book makes up for all that. If you are in to architecture and do not know a lot about it this book is for you. the book is easily worth $50.
this set IS NOT for kids under the age of 12. and I suggest you be at least 14.
what you do not want to happen is you get this $150 set and you (or your child) does not understand it or finds it boring.
all in all if you are in to architecture this is a grate set ( with an epic book)."
"The 272 page book is worth the price. A different, unique and GOOD Lego experience. A lot of history and educational information in the book. Stimulates the creativity in all of us. If you are looking for an A to B to C list of instructions that results in the creation of a licensed theme, like Star Wars, this might not be for you. If you want to exercise your creativity, learn something about architecture and the history of some of the worlds most famous buildings, then this is a great product."
"I picked this up at the local LEGO store today, and I'm definitely impressed.
I'm in college right now, studying to be a structural engineer, and as such have a thing for architecture. I have the entire Architecture line, so initially I was going to buy this just for the completist factor, but I was intrigued by the possibilities of the book.
I also went to the B&N event this past weekend, and I like the brick selection. There's a few slopes and wedges in there I hadn't seen before, as well as the double-sided grooved blocks. Sadly, they didn't have the book available for viewing, though.
If you are interested in seeing the book before you buy, the "instructions" for 21050 are available in .pdf form at the LEGO.com site, all 272 pages of it.
It is essentially an introductory architecture text, introducing the concepts of sketching, inspiration, scale, texture, voids, density, modules, repetition and many more. TLG worked with world-class architecture firms including KRADS, MAD, REX, SOM, Sou Fujimoto, Winy Maas, Safdie and Tham & Videgaard. Real architects from these firms discuss concepts, then demonstrate how to use LEGOs to convey those concepts.
In my opinion, the book is fantastic, and as soon as I'm done with Finals next week, I'll be reading it cover to cover. The book by itself would easily cost upwards of $100 in any bookstore as an introductory or Architecture 101 text. Throw in over $100 worth of bricks and it's actually quite the bargain.
Incidentally, architecture and interior design concept models are nearly always 100% pure white, regardless of final intent, so the use of all white bricks is actually very accurate, and some of the firms in the book indicate that they occasionally will actually use LEGOs to represent buildings that they are designing, which is pretty cool.
I'm going to say 4.5 out of 5, only marking down because of what I see as a slight shortage of round pieces such as cones, antennae and peaks to go with the slopes that are provided."