Categories / Architecture, Toys and Games

Lego 20th Century Architecture Sets now available in the UK

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We featured these some time back, but after a quick browse of the Lego website, we've just noticed that the Lego Architecture Sets are now available in the UK.

We mentioned two originally, but now there are four US architectural classics on the market – the Empire State Building, the Seattle Space Needle, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and last, but certainly not least, Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater construction, which is pictured above.

All are detailed replicas, all come with booklets detailing the design and the history. Just make sure you've got plenty of time to build them. An image of the Guggenheim is over the page, with prices starting at £19.99. Here's to some of the same from Lego.

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Categories / Architecture, Books

CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed book by Frédéric Chaubin

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Fans of weird and wonderful extreme, space age and brutalist architecture will no doubt love CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed book by Frédéric Chaubin, which is published by Taschen.

Photographer Chaubin highlights 90 buildings that were constructed from 1970 until the break-up of the Soviet Union, a diverse range of architecture that has one thing in common – all of it has the power to amaze. From a crematorium adorned with concrete flames to a summer camp inspired by sketches of a prototype lunar base and a technological institute with a flying saucer crashed on the roof, it's all here and more.

Supported by words of explanation over the 288 pages, you can 'browse' the book at the Taschen site and you can see another image over the page. It's much cheaper to buy at Amazon though, with around a third off the RRP, selling for £22.74.

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Categories / Architecture, Books

Brutalism – Post-War British Architecture by Alexander Clement

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Fans of concrete structures will no doubt love the idea of owning Brutalism – Post-War British Architecture by Alexander Clement, which is published by The Crowood Press later this month.

Brutalism describes architecture that appeared between the years 1945 – 1975, intended to be uncompromisingly modern and striking. But over time, it's a style that has divided the public – some love its bold shape, others see it as nothing more than soulless concrete, steel and glass.

Now we are far enough away from the era, Alexander Clement evaluates the architectural style, its impact and its future over 160 pages, which includes 150 colour photographs of key buildings. Published on 24th January, you can pre-order now for £18.95.

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Categories / Architecture, Food and Drink, Homeware

Beyond the Valley Buildings Mug

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The Buildings Mug by Beyond the Valley should appeal to anyone with an interest in architecture as it is printed with various styles of buildings, including several Brutalist style tower blocks.

The mug has been created by Beyond the Valley, which is a designer boutique in Carnaby Street, who have now expanded into producing their own label of clothes and homewares. The mug is made from white ceramic with a black print, and the Beyond the Valley logo printed on the base.

The mug costs £15 and can be bought online from Culture Label.

Categories / Architecture, Design and Interiors

Greetings cards featuring classic British buildings from Obiko

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From the De La Warr Pavilion to the Post Office Tower, Obiko's range of greeting cards includes many of the British buildings that regularly feature in various forms on this site. 

Obiko are a Hastings based company and their seaside location clearly has a strong influence on their designs. The buildings shown are actually part of a series called 'seagull sites'. Happily, they're favourites with us, as well as the gulls, and also show Battersea Power Station and Brighton's Palace Pier, amongst others. 

Each card is executed in the same delicate style and costs £2.90. 

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Categories / Architecture, Homeware

Angry Children cushions featuring 60s and 70s architecture

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If you are a regular reader of this site, you'll be well aware of the work of People Will Always Need Plates. For a new twist on the architecture on homeware theme, how about their German equivalent in the form of these Angry Children cushions featuring 60s and 70s Berlin buildings?

The Angry Children range is the work of s.wert designs and is so-called because they are angry about building fronts that have disappeared or are about to disappear. For example, the cushion on the right shows Ahronblatt, or 'Mapleleaf' building: built in East Berlin between 1970-3 and demolished in 2001. 

There are seven different designs to choose from, all featuring buildings dating from the sixties and seventies, including the Haus der Statistik design shown on the left. Each cushion cover costs 33 euros.

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