Lego goes minimalist

Having already produced kits immortalising Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum and Fallingwater, Lego has gone Bauhaus with its latest release – Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.

The perfect present for the precocious progeny of architects, the latest Lego kit – yours for $59.99 (£37) – is a reconstruction of Mies’s Modernist classic, completed in 1951 and located just outside Chicago.

Mies van der Rohe’s Fansworth House in Lego
Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Lego

The miniature Farnsworth was worked up by Chicago architect Adam Reed-Tucker, who used Lego’s classic 1×1 bricks for the vertical exterior columns. He says, ‘It’s fitting that recreating a minimalist symbol of Modern architecture was done so with the simplist of Lego bricks, the humble 1×1.’

Farnsworth House is the 10th release in Lego’s architecture series, joing Frank Lloyd Wright’s work and Landmarks including the White House and the Empire State Building.

The real Fansworth House
The real Farnsworth House
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  • sarah cheng November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am


  • KATIE ARUP November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
  • Narjas Mehdi November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    hmmm. Love the idea, but the lego unit is too wide! Columns obscure the ‘outdoors-indoors’ effect on the real Farnsworth House…. shame.

  • Nikki Barton February 12, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I feel a shared present to an 8 year old and Architect husband coming on.

  • Robert Malcolm February 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I have to admit to feeling cynicism washing over me. ‘Lego does architectural history inaccurately’ might be a better headline. Yes, it looks ‘a bit’ like the original, but I must be missing a point here because to me it looks like making the most amount of money from the least amount of plastic. Not minimalistic profit 🙂

  • mark ye November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    good idea

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