Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Lego restores the New Imperial Hotel by Frank Lloyd Wright for 2013

You might say, this is not Technic, but I just had to.  Some may know that I am a huge Frank Lloyd Wright fan and aside from the Technic line, the Architecture series is my second favorite.  Being that I don't have a blog for that series, I thought I would share it here.  I found out today that Lego is restoring a long lost architectural icon from the past.  This will be the first time that they have brought back a building from the past to be recreated as part of this series.  The Imperial Hotel of Tokyo (1923-1968) is the first of the Architecture series to be released as number 21017 Imperial Hotel for 2013 and it looks amazing.  It will make a very nice addition to the other creations that include the likes of Fallingwater, the Robie House, and the Guggenheim Museum. 

Although this is not a Lego Technic set, it was a technical marvel for it's time.  Built in 1923 it survived both the Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923 and the American bombing of Tokyo during World War II.  The images below are from Wikipedia but show, even in black and white, how amazing the entire complex really was. 

The front entrance of the Hotel as is depicted in the New Lego 21017 Architecture Set.  

As can be seen in this image, the part of the Hotel referenced by this set is just the center entrance part....I can see an incredible MOC coming that would recreate the entire site.  Being that this new set consists of almost 1900 pieces, imagine how many pieces would be needed for the entire site....  Hopefully everyone will enjoy this as much as I will.  Who knows, perhaps other amazing structures of the past will be in line to be built again....Brick by Lego Brick.

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