Since a few months, my nephew and I discovered LEGO architecture. To be honest, I discovered it years ago, but now my nephew is old enough to build the LEGO landmarks together (how’s that for an excuse?). And there’s no holding me back now. But back to LEGO: we love it! We started with an Eiffel Tower, then we moved on to Fallingwater and this weekend we tackled Big Ben.
When making our buildings, my nephew and I have the following deal: he is the master builder and I deliver the stones. An arrangement that works fine by me 🙂 The box always includes a little book where you can find some background information on the building at hand. Always nice to know some background information on what you’re building. Although I must admit that we usually start building immediately and then afterwards read more about the little gem that is standing before us.
These are our little works of art:
I’m definitely not the only LEGO architecture lover, I found lot’s of Youtubes on these small landmarks. A lovely one on Fallingwater:
Every once in a few years I get the urge to visit New York City. I cannot explain it rationally but the City feels like a second home town to me. This fall I will cross the Atlantic, this time with a cruise ship. Yay! With New York as a starting point I will be visiting one of the most iconic places of the United States: Fallingwater!
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Frank Lloyd Wright was 68 years old when he built Fallingwater. A weekend house for the three members of the Kaufmann family, Pittsburg store owners. There they could escape city life and enjoy nature outdoors and contemplative time indoors.
And what a house Wright designed! It became one of those great American symbols, because of it’s natural beauty. The house really blends in with its environment and thus doesn’t feel like a man made construction, but rather part of the woods surrounding it. Frank Lloyd Wright designed a concept of how man should live. He even took care of the indoor aspects such as furniture like the best modernist architects.
And how was it to live in that house? Liliane Kaufmann wrote in a note to Wright “Living in a house built by you has been my one education”.
I can imagine.
Waggoner, Lynda S. (1996). Fallingwater: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Romance with Nature. Pennsylvania: Fallingwater, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in association with Universe Publishing.