Explore Iconic Buildings Re Imagined In LEGO BricksSleek, Stylish, And Perfectly Proportioned, LEGO Architecture Models Are As Inspirational As The Landmark Buildings And Structures They Celebrate Created In Collaboration With LEGO Architecture Artists, The Book Gives You Unique Insights Into The Creative Process Behind Their Designs LEGO Architecture The Visual Guide Takes You On A Stunning Photographic Tour Of The Models Of Best Loved Buildings Around The World, Including The Sydney Opera House, The Guggenheim Museum, The Eiffel Tower And Much This Fascinating Guide Also Includes An Afterword By Renowned LEGO Architectural Artist Adam Reed Tucker The LEGO Group Stunning images and in depth exploration of the real buildings like the Guggenheim or the Empire State Building, on which the LEGO Architecture series is based, provide you with a comprehensive look at the creation of these intricate sets Learn why the LEGO team chose certain pieces and what particular challenges they faced Read about the inspiration behind the creative processes and what designing and building techniques were used on various sets. My husband and I bought this as a Christmas gift for our ten year old grandson, who says he wants to be an architect We also gave him one of the Lego models shown in the book The book covers a wide range of architectural landmarks which are included in the Lego Architecture set of models If our grandson continues with his wish to be an architect, we will buy other models in this set for him as time goes on We took a sneak peek at the book, and are very impressed with the layout, the information about the buildings, and the integration of the models with the real buildings Lego had some impressive obstacles to overcome in creating the models many of them have rounded lines, and Lego blocks tend to be square The Lego folks had to come up with some interesting solutions We think this book and the models that go along with it will certainly stimulate our grandson s imagination. As someone else wrote, as a middle aged modeler with happy LEGO memories as a child in Germany, it was everywhere , I love these representations, and the book wasn t bad The photography is excellent, and I don t consider it LEGO s self grandiose promotion of their own product HOWEVER disappointed in the lack of accuracy by Philip Wilkinson and Adam Reed Tucker The timeline pages 10 11 are incorrect in which models are in the Architect and Landmark series Sungnyemun Gate should be in Architect, and Burj Khalifa and Marina Bay Sands should be included in the Landmark group I can see making that mistake, IF they weren t also including photos of the front of the LEGO boxes, which clearly stipulate which series each model is from Perhaps a little inconsequential to some, but not to me, if I was going to attempt to collect one set or the other But otherwise, no complaint about the content of the book Well done. Brilliant book for Lego lovers, especially from age 10 and up The text paired with photos of construction make this book truly interesting.Pair it with a Lego Architecture model from the book and its a wonderful gift. A rather over lavish production when it only shows images of twenty two Lego models The square format book is mostly gloss black pages good for attracting finger prints that examine the models Each gets an introduction spread followed by four or five spreads that have a short essay and photo of the real building, photos of the model and with several a beautiful, fascinating exploded view with arrowed captions detailing the construction and the types of bricks used The last spread for each model has a big color photo of the real building and some text It s rather unfortunate that these photos vary in quality unlike all the model photos which were taken in a studio and have a uniform look.Most of the models were created by Adam Reed Tucker, they were then worked on by builders who find the best way of producing the model using LEGO Tucker makes a very interesting comment about the Guggenheim Museum This was probably the trickiest of all the buildings in the series to interpret in LEGO bricks The key is that the model is a representation, not an exact replica As they are not exact replicas excuses what I think are some of problems with the models, so many of the real buildings have curves which are difficult to create using right angle bricks The Guggenheim s spiral gallery is abandoned and replaced with six frisbee like shapes The bottom to top tapering of Chicago s John Hancock Center is replaced with four reducing in thickness cubes and the distinctive lattice work on each side is gone The buildings that I think work best are the Rockefeller Center and Le Corbusier s Villa Savoye, both are essentially right angled structures though the Villa has a large curved section on the roof but the model creates this quite successfully.It seems the model builders try to use existing LEGO bricks rather than create ones that only apply to a model and can t really be used with any LEGO The sail like roofs of the Sydney Opera House have curved bricks mostly used for the fuselage of an aircraft or rocket ship models It s a shame that any aerials on the top of some buildings don t have a much thinner rod like piece look at the book s cover those on the Empire State, Hancock Center, Willis Tower, Burj Khalifa, Seattle Space Needle and the Eiffel Tower look really out of proportion to the rest of these buildings.Will the next twenty or so models get a volume two Possibly, though it needn t be as lavish as this one with its heavy slipcase, all the text in silver ink and basically reprinting all the information about the real building that comes with each model s construction booklet.