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LEGO architecture Big Ben coming!

There is a new set coming in the LEGO architecture series: #21013 LEGO Architecture Big Ben. Here is the official press-release:

Big Ben, one of the UK’s most recognizable buildings and a global symbol of Victorian London and the Gothic Revival style, has been recreated as the latest set in the LEGO Architecture series.

Big Ben, officially known as the Clock Tower, has stood at the north-eastern corner of the Palace of Westminster in London for more than 150 years. It was designed by the unlikely team of Classical architect Charles Barry and Gothic Revival pioneer Augustus Pugin and completed in 1859.

Big Ben is the fourteenth model in the LEGO Architecture range, which uses the LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world. It is the first model to be designed by Rok Zgalin Kobe from Slovenia who joins Adam Reed-Tucker as a LEGO architect.

“The most challenging in creating this model was representing the richness of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture in a scale usually more appropriate for modern or contemporary architecture of smooth surfaces and clean lines”, said Rok Zgalin Kobe.

Charles Barry won the competition to build the new Palace of Westminster in January 1836. His initial designs were without the clock-tower that would become known as Big Ben. As his own style was more Classical than the increasingly popular Gothic Revival, Barry asked for assistance from Augustus Pugin, a leading light of the movement that left its indelible mark on the Victorian era around the world. The design of the interior of the palace and the clock-tower are thought to be his work.

LEGO Architecture products features well-known buildings, and the work of important architects. Aimed at inspiring future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world, the range contains a booklet featuring step-by-step building instructions that is prefaced by exclusive, archival history, information and photographs of each iconic building, its design origin, its architect and its architectural features.

The #21013 LEGO Architecture Big Ben is available for purchase from June 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and the Online LEGO Shop. The product is designed for ages 12+ and includes a booklet with facts and history about Big Ben. Recommended retail price is $29.99 or €29.99.

To learn more about the LEGO Architecture series, and see other models in the LEGO Architecture line, check out: LEGO Architecture Series – Vote for the Next! And if you have any questions or comments you can share them below. 🙂

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  • nrggarmadonzx April 23, 2012, 12:57 PM

    first comment awsome set

  • gid617 April 23, 2012, 2:23 PM

    very nice, except for the stick out clock faces. Other than that (and the price) I like it!

  • lloyd zx April 23, 2012, 2:49 PM

    Cool set.

  • Dave e April 23, 2012, 6:45 PM

    Cool set ( ps i dont like arcuteture prices 🙄 ) Over 175 DOLLARS $$$$$$$$$ 😆

  • The Golden Weapon Master April 25, 2012, 5:16 PM

    Finally, a British architecture set, I tho k this is the first one, they should do the London eye, parliament (expensive) and te Shakespeare globe! Anyone else want those three British sets?

    • admin April 25, 2012, 7:48 PM

      Nice suggestions! Hope LEGO will listen! 😉

  • The Golden Weapon Master April 26, 2012, 4:50 PM

    Thanks admin, I voted for golden gate bridge, marina bay sands and the leaning tower of pisa, not sure how they will make angle though?

    • admin April 26, 2012, 9:48 PM

      Yeah, I was wondering about that angle too! 😕

  • Tydroid Ninja of Poison NINJAGONESS May 11, 2012, 8:12 AM

    I think There are tons of ways to make the tower tilt! WITH LEGO,ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE! 😉

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