Lego unveils Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House
Frank Lloyd Wright’s 1908 Robie House in Chicago - the architect’s most famous Prairie-style work - has joined Lego’s growing architecture series
The 2,276 piece-set has been designed by architectural artist Adam Reed Tucker and is due to go on sale later this week priced at £169.99
The revolutionary house in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighbourhood is the third Wright building to be turned into a Lego replica - the company has already released sets of the architect’s Guggenheim Museum in New York and his Fallingwater house (AJ 20.05.2009). Other buildings in the series include Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Plano and SOM’s Burj Kalifa in Dubai.
A Lego spokesman said: ‘The sparked a revolution in residential architecture that still reverberates today and it was the first historic property to be declared a National Historic Landmark in te US based solely upon its architectural merit.
‘Designated by the American Institute of Architects as one of the 10 most significant structures of the 20th century, the impressive home features dramatic overhangs which appear to defy gravity and continuous bands of stunning art glass which dissolve the barrier between interior and exterior. It is an American treasure and celebrated as one of Chicago’s most important buildings.’
The AJ covered the restoration process - then half-complete - of the Robie House in its 7 July 2004 issue.