Archinect - News 2017-09-21T04:54:52-04:00 Build your own U.S. Capitol with LEGO Architecture Studio's latest kit Justine Testado 2016-08-18T15:45:00-04:00 >2016-08-22T00:41:29-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p>LEGO Architecture Studio celebrated its <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">big launch</a> in retail stores everywhere back in 2013 with the monochromatic Architectural Toolbox and a collection of LEGO-brick model kits of the world's most famous buildings. Although LEGO Architecture retired some of the kits over time, they recently unveiled their latest icon: the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.</p><p>The neoclassical Capitol has undergone several construction phases and restoration since George Washington laid its foundation on September 18, 1793. But with this LEGO kit, you get to call all the shots.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>For $99 a set, the LEGO reinterpretation contains over 1,000 pieces, including all the essentials like the columned fa&ccedil;ade, the two-tiered dome, colonnades, the north and south wings, and steps and lawns. The dome can be removed to reveal a detailed interior of the National Statuary Hall, complete with columns, a tiled floor, and statues.<br><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><br>You can also brush up on the Capitol's architectural design and history in an&nbsp;accompanying bookl...</p> Designing a transparent chair for toy storage Julia Ingalls 2016-02-17T17:05:00-05:00 >2016-02-17T17:54:16-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The "Mom" chair is a kid-sized acrylic seat with an opening on top where kids can drop their toys. It makes the dreaded toy clean-up exceedingly simple&mdash;and looks damn good to boot&mdash;but the true genius is in its transparency. Unlike opaque storage systems, toys can be easily spotted and dug out from within its clear walls.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Anyone who has lived through the chaos of a child playing (the point of which can seem to be to maximally distribute their toys across a given floor area) will appreciate this inventive, highly functional design by Carlo Contin:</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>For more of Furniture February:&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"Very refined; it&rsquo;s like a jewel" &ndash; a look at former architect Jader Almeida's new furniture collection</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Waka Waka's furniture strikes a balance between simplicity and playfulness</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A misting mirror, a chair that shoots fireworks, and other material experiments by Soft Baroque</a></li></ul> Wired gets Snøhetta, SHoP and SOM to push the limits of LEGO Archinect 2013-10-31T12:33:00-04:00 >2014-04-18T14:27:47-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>After a freewheeling round of discussions, Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s New York office settled on a unique challenge: building a Lego structure that captured the plastic bricks&rsquo; unique relationship to gravity. &ldquo;A Lego building has a lightness that a real building doesn&rsquo;t have to contend with,&rdquo; says Craig Dykers, Sn&oslash;hetta&rsquo;s co-founder. &ldquo;We thought wouldn&rsquo;t it be interesting to capture the feeling of gravity in a Lego block, where gravity actually has very little influence in many ways on its structure...&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p><img alt="" title="" src=""><em>Snohetta found a delicate equilibrium with this boomerang-shaped tower. Photo: Gregory Reid</em><br>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" title="" src=""><br><em>SOM froze its unique LEGO infrastructure in a solid block of ice. Photo: Zack Burris</em></p> LEGO® Architecture Studio now in stores Justine Testado 2013-08-02T12:47:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T14:12:00-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><p> You can never be too old to play with LEGOs. Yesterday, the beloved brand released its latest series, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LEGO Architecture Studio</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> Endorsed by REX architecture, Sou Fujimoto Architects, SOM, MAD Architects, Tham &amp; Videg&aring;rd Arkitekter, and Safdie Architects, the set includes a guidebook written in collaboration with leading architects and edited by Christopher Turner. <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here for a preview (PDF)</a>.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""></p> <p> <br> Every toolkit includes over 1,200 monochromatic LEGO bricks, slopes, planes, and more that let you learn the fundamentals of design in a LEGO context. And instead of the usual step-by-step manual, the kit has a 272-page guidebook full of tips, techniques, inspiration, and even intuitive exercises to really get your creativity flowing.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="" title=""><br><br> At $150 a set, the price is pretty steep. But in comparison to actual building costs <em>and</em> having complete freedom with your project? It's probably worth it.<br> &nbsp;</p> The Free Universal Construction Kit Paul Petrunia 2012-03-19T12:02:00-04:00 >2012-03-19T16:12:23-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>F.A.T. Lab and Sy-Lab are pleased to present the Free Universal Construction Kit: a matrix of nearly 80 adapter bricks that enable complete interoperability between ten* popular children&rsquo;s construction toys. By allowing any piece to join to any other, the Kit encourages totally new forms of intercourse between otherwise closed systems&mdash;enabling radically hybrid constructive play, the creation of previously impossible designs, and ultimately, more creative opportunities for kids.</p></em><br /><br /><p> This is totally brilliant.</p> What can a toy do for architecture? Archinect 2011-11-21T18:59:12-05:00 >2011-11-21T19:47:03-05:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Opinion seemed to be divided along generational lines. Simon, FAIA, shared Berman&rsquo;s sentiment. Simon founded San Francisco-based SMWM, once the region&rsquo;s most successful woman-owned firm. (SMWM has since joined Perkins + Will where the formidable Simon is now a design principal.) She thinks &ldquo;Architect Barbie&rdquo; trivializes the profession and objectifies its female practitioners.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Blueprint for Architect Barbie! Think pink – and give her a monster home Archinect 2011-08-17T18:33:28-04:00 >2011-08-17T18:35:24-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>It's fun to design &ndash; even when you have to work for free ! In fact, a freebie &ldquo;conceptual design&rdquo; is what two Harvard-educated women produced for Barbie&rsquo;s new home in a competition to build a dream home for the Mattel doll, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Winner of the AIA Architect Barbie Dream House Design Competition</a></p>