Best Lego Architecture Sets – 2019 Reviews

It is hard to find someone out there who has not heard of LEGOs. The building toys made by the Lego Group that was founded back in 1932. The company has been making those interlocking plastic bricks and pieces that come in all shapes and sizes and can be put together in an endless amount of ways.

 

What To Look For In A Lego Architecture Set

Size: Some people only have a limited amount of space to work with when it comes to displaying a finished model. Most models are usually only a few inches large, but some can be much larger.

The number of pieces: Usually, but not always, the number of pieces reflects how complicated a project is. The more pieces there are, the more complicated it is. However, some people prefer smaller kits to avoid the risk of losing a piece or two.

Complexity Level: For those who are new to LEGO building kits, regardless of age, starting with a simple one should be best. Advance onto complex building kits further, but for children, refer to the age suggestions.

Design: For people who like to collect historical buildings, check the designs and see how accurate the model is to the real-life design. Some may be based on the real-life building but not have a close resemblance.

 

Why These Make Great Hobbyist/Architecture Gifts

LEGO building kits make excellent gifts for both kids and adults because they provide hours of entertainment. For kids, they are fun to put the pieces together in a bunch of different crazy ways to make silly shapes, but they are also educational. For adults, it provides a challenge and a chance to relax and concentrate on a simple and rewarding task while building something historical or realistic.

 

Best Lego Architecture Sets Reviews

1. LEGO Architecture New York City 21028, Skyline Collection

Specs:

Weight: 1.55 pounds (0.7 kg)
Size: 10 inches (26 cm) high, 9 inches (25 cm) wide, and 1 inch (4 cm) deep
Number of pieces: 598
Complexity level: Simple
For: ages 12 and older

Product Overview: One of the more popular items in the Lego Skyline Collection, this New York City building set includes buildings like the Flatiron building, the Chrysler building, the Empire State building, and the One World Trade Center. All of these have a true-to-life color scheme as well as a decorative nameplate that adds a pleasant aesthetic both in offices and personal rooms.

PROS

  • Goes well with other Lego locations sets
  • Compact and easy to build
  • Accurate depiction of the real-life buildings

CONS

  • Occasionally some missing pieces
  • Text on name plate is occasionally blurry

 

2. LEGO Architecture Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 21035 Building Kit

Specs:

Weight: 2.34 pounds (1.06 kg)
Size: 4 inches (10 cm) high, 7 inches (18 cm) wide, and 5 inches (13 cm) deep
Number of pieces: 744
Complexity: Simple
For: ages 12 years and older

Product Overview: When built, this kit contains a scaled version of Frank Lloyd Wright’s rotunda, the 8-story high annex tower, and the 5th Avenue Museum Mile along with two small yellow cabs that are on the street view beside the buildings. The kit also contains a booklet that gives information about the design, history, and architecture of the buildings.

PROS

  • Quality design and pieces
  • Unique structure to display
  • Directions are clear and easily understood

CONS

  • Smaller than other models
  • Labeled pieces are sometimes blurry

 

3. LEGO Architecture 21030 United States Capitol Building Kit

Specs:

Weight: 3.87 pounds (1.75 kg)
Size: 6 inches (165 mm) high, 17 inches (445 mm) wide, and 6 inches (165 mm) deep
Number of pieces: 1,032
Complexity level: Complex
For: ages 12 years and older

Product Overview: Although targeted towards people ages 12 and older, for the younger builders, this is one of the more complex than the others that are listed because of the number of pieces and the layout of the build. However, this kit and instructions are compatible with the pieces it comes with and all other LEGO construction sets.

In the center, hidden underneath the dome, there is a mini chess board and figurines, but it is not a functioning one. This kit also comes with a booklet that has facts and some history about the building and its architecture.

PROS

  • Challenges experienced LEGO builders
  • Large and detailed model
  • Offers hours of building and longer displaying

CONS

  • Occasionally has missing pieces
  • More difficult for younger children

 

4. LEGO Architecture Studio 21050 Building Blocks Set

Specs:

Weight: 5.95 pounds (2.69 kg)
Size: Variety
Number of pieces: 1,210
Complexity: Simple to Complex
For: ages 16 years and older

Product Overview: This LEGO building kit is particularly targeted to those who are interested in architecture. This kit does come with an informational booklet about the buildings that can be made from the kit, much like the other kits.

What makes it different is that the booklet contains instructions for several different building designs and the kit can create more than one model. The booklet itself is over 200 pages long and is written by leading architects themselves. Although this is the heaviest kit out of all of the others, it is important to note that the model’s weight depends on the number of pieces used. The pieces themselves are not heavier than other LEGO pieces.

PROS

  • Multiple different models can be built from the one kit
  • Larger kits are available and can be used with this kit
  • Projects can be simple or complex

CONS

  • All pieces are white
  • Book is not that sturdy

 

5. LEGO Architecture 21024 Louvre Building Kit

Specs:

Weight: 2.09 pounds (0.95 kg)
Size: 5 inches (13 cm) tall, 6 inches (15 cm) wide, and 7 inches (18 cm) deep
Number of pieces: 695
Complexity: Simple
For: ages 12 years and older

Product Overview: Another kit that is compatible with all other LEGO construction sets, this finished model displays the world famous Louvre building, the world’s largest art museum. Also included is the Pavillon de l’Horloge and the iconic glass period in front of the building.

This kit does provide some history behind the building and the architect as well in the booklet. It can take about two hours for those who have some experience with LEGO buildings. The completed model is smaller than most of the others on this list but is still valued by those who like to collect historical models like this building.

PROS

  • A great project to keep busy with
  • A simple model for adults and children
  • Educational and visually appealing

CONS

  • Occasionally has some missing pieces
  • Some pieces are tight and do not fit

 

6. LEGO Architecture Trevi Fountain 21020 Building Toy

Specs:

Weight: 2.18 pounds (0.99 kg)
Size: 5 inches (14 cm) tall, 7 inches (20 cm) wide, and 5 inches (14 cm) deep
Number of pieces: 731
Complexity: Simple
For: ages 12 years and older

Product Overview: With over 700 pieces, this is another of the special world architecture building kits that LEGO has made and released. The finished model shows off some uniquely-shaped fountain statues as well as distinct features around the fountain.

What makes this kit stand out is that the information booklet, like other kits have, give facts about the design, architecture, and history of the landmark in both English and Italian.

PROS

  • Provides some challenge for younger children
  • Pieces fit well together and look great
  • One of a kind shaped LEGO pieces

CONS

  • The fountain itself is slightly oversimplified
  • Statues do not have an accurate design or shape

 

7. LEGO Tower Bridge 10214

Specs:

Weight: 9.61 pounds (4.36 kg)
Size: 40 inches (102 cm) long, 17 inches (45 cm) high, and 10 inches (26 cm) wide
Number of pieces: 4,287
Complexity: Complex
For: ages 16 years and older

Product Overview: This building kit is one of the most complex and the largest out of all of these on this list, both in terms of size as well as the number of pieces. With over 4 thousand individual building pieces in this one kit alone, the time it takes to complete can be over 10 hours, especially if the builder is not experienced with building kits like this one.

Based on the real-life structure that was built in London in 1894, this finished product displays a very detailed rendition of the tower bridge along with several vehicles including a double-decker bus. This is also the heaviest of all of the products on this list, being almost 10 pounds (5 kg) heavy, and ensures that the model will not be simply knocked over from the wind or a small animal.

PROS

  • Extremely detailed
  • Makes an excellent gift
  • Goes perfectly with more of the world architecture sets

CONS

  • Occasionally has some missing pieces
  • Tower bridge can only be raised manually

 

8. LEGO Architecture White House (21006)

Specs:

Weight: 1.54 pounds (0.7 kg)
Size: 9 inches (22.86 cm) wide
Number of pieces: 560
Complexity: Simple
For: ages 12 and older

Product Overview: The exact size of the finished model is not mentioned for this kit. However, this is the most popular model when comparing it to all of the other ones on this list.

Based on the real-life White House that was originally built in 1792, this finished model is one of the simplest and smallest models as well. It has a printed name plate that sits at the base of the structure at the edge, between some grass and trees. The kit also comes with a small booklet of facts about the construction of the building, its history, and the building itself.

The pieces and design of the model are not as accurate to the original building, especially when compared to some of the other building kits on this list. However, the design does make the White House model appear more modern and simple, making it an easier and less complex build.

PROS

  • Very easy for old and young builders
  • Highly valued for a decorative piece
  • Simple yet eye-catching details

CONS

  • Pieces are occasionally missing
  • Pieces are a tight fit

 

9. LEGO Architecture Seattle Space Needle 21003

Specs:

Weight: 5.6 ounces (159 grams)
Size: 8.7 inches (22.2 cm) tall, 3.1 inches (8 cm) wide and 2.5 inches (6.4 cm) deep
Number of pieces: 57
Complexity: Very Simple
For: ages 10 and older

Product Overview: Based off of the real-life Seattle Space Needle that was built in 1962 for the World’sFair, the finished model looks much like the original building with its grey building block pieces.

It is one of the most lightweight models on this list and one of the tallest. Like many of the other products, the building kit comes with an information booklet that has facts about the history and construction of the building.

PROS

  • An extremely simple and easy building kit
  • A more uncommon and popular build
  • Ideal for younger children

CONS

  • Smaller in size

 

10. LEGO Architecture: Villa Savoye 21014

Specs:

Weight: 2.75 pounds (1.25 kg)
Size: 3.6 inches (9.2 cm) tall, 7.5 inches (19.2 cm) wide, and 6.9 inches (17.5 cm) deep
Number of pieces: 660
Complexity: Simple
For: ages 12 and older

Product Overview: One of the less popular and smaller designs, this building kit is, when finished, a recreation of the building with the same name. Compared to the historically based and styled designs, this finished model is more futuristic in its appearance and structure.

There is an included booklet in the kit that has a short but detailed history of the building and encourages LEGO builders to try and create more medium-sized builds with other LEGO architecture kits.

PROS

  • Educational for all ages
  • A modern architectural decoration
  • Simple, easy and quick to assemble

CONS

  • Restricted shipping locations
  • Occasionally has missing pieces

 

 

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