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Custom LEGO Architecture at The Modernist

Here is an interesting opportunity for LEGO fans who also like LEGO Architecture. Manchester-based magazine, The Modernist, teamed up with LEGO fan tonyblego to provide thirteen LEGO Modernist and Brutalist building instruction downloads for just £2 each. Below are the details.

The Modernist magazine is a quarterly printed publication about 20th century modernist architecture and design, published in the North of England and spreading across the world. It is run by the Modernist Society, a not-for-profit organization for modern architecture enthusiasts.

LEGO fan tonyblego has been generously donating one or two designs a month during the lockdown to support the activities of the Modernist Society and to help them out during these difficult times. Below are some of his models with available instructions.

If you’re interested, there are two ways to get the downloadable instructions. You can just outright purchase them for £2 each and you will get the download links right away. Or, if you become a member of the Modernist Society (join from £20 and you’ll get a card, badge, 10% discount at their physical and online store, and advance notification about special member benefits and events), and you can download the instructions for free until September. For further information on each option, visit The-Modernist.org.

If you like LEGO Architecture or LEGO micro-building, this is a great way to get instructions for some unique models. And if you like highly detailed micro replicas of real-life buildings, you can also take a look at the LEGO Architecture section of the Online LEGO Shop.

If you have any questions or comments about the custom instructions, feel free to share in the comment section below!

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  • Oldtimer July 10, 2020, 10:07 AM

    I like this type of building. They are small enough that I may give them a try. I remember they used to have the Architecture Studio set with similar ideas.

    • Martin July 10, 2020, 10:24 AM

      They should have kept that set around. It was really good. And it came with a big book with concepts and ideas. It was like a study of architecture and interior design, but with Lego!

  • yoladiel July 10, 2020, 10:27 AM

    I never heard of this designer or society before, but those are some cool buildings! Admin, we should talk more about microbuilding! It’s an underrated building style.

  • Peter July 10, 2020, 10:38 AM

    I was just thinking about building a modern highrise. I’m planning to build minifig scale, but the pictures help. Did any of you ever try building a mini scale of your moc before the real one? Like how architects build dioramas? (Sorry, I don’t know if they have a special name).

  • Håkan July 10, 2020, 12:40 PM

    Hehe, although brutalist architecture sounds like a style that would be a good fit for Lego bricks, I guess it might not be as easily sold as other more palatable traditions…

    • Undercover Afol July 10, 2020, 1:33 PM

      What is brutalism for anyway? It’s so ugly I don’t know why someone would pick the style for anything but prisons. Heck, even prisoners deserve better!

      • Henry III July 10, 2020, 1:50 PM

        They had to build things quickly after WWII, so they went for the cheapest and fastest building materials. At least that’s my understanding. It’s now considered synonymous with socialism. They aren’t just ugly from the beginning, they also age badly.

      • mr. marmelade July 10, 2020, 3:10 PM

        It looks surprisingly good in lego though. But I agree, I don’t like any 1950s architecture.

      • mark February 12, 2024, 9:45 PM

        Brutalism translates from the Italian as ‘lack of adornment’. So it effectively means unpainted or not rendered. It doesn’t necessarily mean brutal or ugly.

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