Friday, December 7, 2018

The Lego Architecture Idea Book

legoaib_cover-front-newThe Lego Architecture Idea Book
By Alice Finch
Published at no starch press

About the book

Take your creations to the next level with The LEGO Architecture Idea Book! These clever building tips will give you endless inspiration for making your own amazing mansions, castles, houses, spooky shacks, and more.

Every chapter includes ideas for creating architectural elements like columns, doors, windows, and walls. But rather than providing step-by-step instructions, the book includes helpful photography from every angle that shows you how to achieve the look, adapt it to your build, and make it your own.

Learn how to:

  • Build amazing walls that break the mold, with brick-and-mortar effects, weathered walls, and loose bricks
  • Recreate structural effects like timber framing, soaring towers and turrets, shingled roofs, clapboard siding, and more
  • Elevate your models with “stained glass”, intricate color patterns, and tumble-down wear-and-tear
  • Use pieces like croissants, snakes, and goblets to make unique architectural ornamentation

Bursting with clever ideas, The LEGO Architecture Idea Book will show you how to turn your buildings into impressive, realistic structures.

My Thoughts

Whether you are someone who enjoys building amazing structures with Lego or simply someone interested in Lego architecture ideas, this book is definitively an great resource to have in your bookshelf.   The book is packed with tips on how to make your buildings more stunning in a wide variety of ways no matter the type of building you are planning to put together.   In all you will discover more than 1001 ideas for brickwor, siding, windows, columns, roofing and much more.

The table of contents gives you a general idea of what you can learn through the pages of this fascinating book:

  • Brickwork: simple bric walls, decorative relief, quoins, stone façade walls, weathered walls, and crumbling walls.
  • Wall Cladding and Shingles: simple siding, flat slope siding, cheese slope siding, curved slope siding, simple shingles, fishscale shingles, clip-on shingles, and curved shingles.
  • Curved Walls: simple curved walls, plate walls, brick and cylinder walls, tiled brick walls, grouted walls, liftarm walls, hinge walls and railings.
  • Framing and Paneling: simple timber framing, timber framing with masonry, timber framing variations, simple paneling, paneling using containers, paneling using windows, and decorative paneling.
  • Patterned Walls: horizontal stripes, vertical stripes, geometric patterns, horizontal tiles, patterned tiles, checkerboard walls, herringbone walls, textured walls, and  greebling.
  • Molding and Millwork:  horizontal molding, vertical molding, panel accents, egg-and-dart molding, circular and rosette molding, fence patterns, slopes and modified bricks, corbels, microfigs and minifigs, droids and robots, fists and claws, animals, plants, tools and sundry items, hinges, clips, and handles.
  • Simple Windows: basic windows, large windows, plate-glass windows, sunrooms and greenhouses.
  • Custom Windows: Mullions and muntins, panel windows, custom window shapes, bracket windows, microscale windows, tiny windows, bay windows, bow windows, box windows, recessed and raised windows.
  • Ornamental Windows: Romanesque windows, Gothic windows, stained glass, lattice windows, window tracery and rose windows.
  • Window Framing and Decor: windowsills, window trims, recessed panel trims, side trims, window crossheads, arched crossheads, classical pediments, decorative pediments, window pilasters, canopies and awnings.
  • Doors: basic doors, custom doors, custom hinges, garage doors, entryways, grand gates, and portcullises.
  • Columns: column bases, round shafts, multiple shfts, square shafts, decorative shafts, capitals, decorative capitals and connected columns.
  • Towers: stacked towers, liftarm towers, brick with stud towers, curved slope towers, tower bases, hinge towers, hinge and bracket towers, cheese slope towers, bracket towers, axle towers, clip-on plate towers.
  • Basic Roofs: sloped roofs, roof corners, roof supports, stepped roofs, shingle roofs, fixed-angle bases, flexible-angle bases, technic gable roofs, thatched roofs, terra-cotta roofs, wedge plate roofs, and curved roofs.
  • Domed Roofs and Spires: round roofs, basic domes, curved slope domes, wedge plate domes, brick-built domes, tower roofs, cone spires, slope spires, and ornamental domes and spires.
  • Roof Decorations: roof ridges, gable ends, roof trims, rooftop finials, and dormers.



The book is packed with illustration and description how the items can be made.  It also list the bricks needed to construct the type of architectural item you desire to build.   All  you might have to do if you do not have the bricks in question is go to Bricklink and order them. 

This book is definitively more of a reference sort of book in which avid Lego builders can research ideas in order to make their creation more original when it comes to architectural elements.  

If you are looking for inspiration when it comes to building cool design, this book is what you are looking for if you have a passion in constructing buildings of all shapes. 

The Lego Architecture Idea Book is available for purchase at your favorite bookstore, even on and


Disclaimer: Thanks to no starch press for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed h5ere are only my own.

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