Even with the assortment of high-tech gadgets and games available for our entertainment needs, LEGO's highly lauded Architecture Series reminds us that it's perfectly acceptable for adults to continue playing with their childhood toys. The latest structure to get the LEGO brick treatment is Frank Lloyd Wright's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
The set contains more than 740 pieces that collectively create an impressive miniature replica of the 20th century landmark's signature cylindrical design. Additionally, it features other prominent details that earned the 1959 building its famous reputation, such as its circular rotundas, the Guggenheim sign that bears Wright's lettering, the eight-story annex tower and a buildable exterior section of New York City's 5th Avenue Museum Mile, complete with tiny yellow cabs.
The new Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum LEGO set (a previous iteration was released in 2009) measures over 4" high, 7" wide and 5" deep and comes with a booklet that provides the history of the building as well as details on its design and architecture.
In case you're a newcomer to the LEGO Architecture series experience, the company has spent the past several years releasing toy brick designs of some of the world's most famous structures and even animals. With such a massive collection of buildings to choose from, Wright's designs have previously received the LEGO treatment in the form of Robie House, Fallingwater and the Imperial Hotel Tokyo brick set, which served as the series' first release in 2013. Other designs include Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House, a kit of three birds and Bjarke Ingels' LEGO House Museum.
If you want to try your hand at assembling a scaled down version of the Guggenheim Museum, the LEGO set is currently available on Amazon for $80.
With a little bit of time, concentration and a trusty set of downloadable building instructions, LEGO enthusiasts can surely do the father of organic architecture and his creations justice.
If you're in New York, you'll want to hit up the full-size Guggenheim today, as it is Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th birthday and admission is just $1.50. Here are other ways people are celebrating the momentous day.