After a brief fling with Le Corbusier, the Lego Architecture series is running back into the arms of Frank Lloyd Wright. Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel is next in line to be immortalized in stackable acetate bricks, making that a total of four Wright designs in Lego’s “Architect” series. Unlike the Lego Guggenheim Museum, Fallingwater, and Robie House before it, the Lego Imperial Hotel set will clearly illuminate Wright’s Japanophile design sensibilities, which come through somewhat clearly despite the blockiness of the rendering.
Though it seems that Wright is getting significantly more attention from Lego than any other architect ever, we can’t deny that Wright’s projects, with their intricate detailing and massing, provide a bit more stimulation when it comes to assembling the models. We might imagine Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, in contrast, leaving Lego fanatics feeling like they could have just gone out and purchased a regular box of Legos, and buyers of the Lego Sydney Opera House thinking they didn’t even buy Legos at all.
- Kelly Chan