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Lego has released a kit immortalising Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House. Which building would you like to create in Lego and why?

It’s great to hear that one construction company is doing well in the current recession, even if it’s only making pocket-sized buildings. I could happily while away an afternoon building the Barcelona Pavilion, but I reckon Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House would be a bit more satisfying, because I’d get to play with patterned bricks. Erich Mendelsohn’s Einstein Tower in East Berlin could occupy me for a weekend, but would probably need slathering in Polyfilla to achieve the full effect.Janice Kirkpatrick, Director, Graven Images

I suppose it comes down to the issue of honesty of materials. Lego is essentially a load-bearing modular unit that doesn’t do curves. It is unambiguously self-coloured opaque plastic. This all suggests a rectilinear primary-coloured building such as the neo-plasticist Schröer House by Gerrit Rietveld. But I think it is more poetic to push the material to the limits, so I would go for Eladio Dieste’s Church of San Pedro in Durazno, Uruguay – though it might need some glue.
Mike Stiff, Director, Stiff & Trevillion Architects

As someone who has a Lego USB stick and Lego Christmas decorations I’m a big fan of the colours and the small details, but I’m impatient when it comes to construction. So I’d stick to a Modernist design. The Corbusierhaus flats in Berlin have straight lines and nice colours. But, even better, would be the Sinatra House in Palm Springs by Stewart Williams. Then I could add some Rat Pack figures to lounge around the Lego pool with Lego martini glasses.
Heidi Lightfoot, Director, Together Design

I was going to choose Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, but a quick look on the Lego website tells me they’ve beaten me to it (seven hours build-time, yours for £74.99). Given that Legoland (England, Denmark, Germany and America) has also already built miniatures of the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, the New York skyline, Herzog & de Meuron’s Allianz Arena and the Kennedy Space Centre,I think it’s time for something full-scale. My vote is to rebuild a Lego Skylon on London’s South Bank.
James Webb, Founder, Webb & Webb Design

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