The 10 Best Lego Architecture Sets

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This wiki has been updated 24 times since it was first published in November of 2017. If you've outgrown superhero Lego sets (or even if you haven't), the Architecture series provides a more sophisticated challenge. Each model represents a different real-world marvel, allowing for an experience that's as educational as it is fun. Be advised, however, that these kits are designed to be displayed, not played with (but we won't stop you from unleashing a T. Rex on The Capitol). When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Statue of Liberty

2. Tokyo Skyline

3. U.S. Capitol Building

Editor's Notes

February 12, 2021:

We removed the White House model because not only is it very expensive and not incredibly interesting, we wanted to make room to recommend the Tokyo Skyline. It doesn't take very long to put together, but it's one of the company's most visually striking releases yet. The Sydney Skyline is similarly attractive, and like the Tokyo set, includes the most recognizable landmarks.

Of course, it's fun and popular to build these sets before or after a trip to the area they're modeled after, so we'd definitely recommend popular tourist destinations like Rome's Trevi Fountain, The Louvre in France, and London's Buckingham Palace. If you're feeling patriotic, the Statue of Liberty will provide a considerable challenge to many builders, while the U.S. Capitol Building is a bit easier and even has an interior that can be accessed by removing the rotunda.

November 09, 2019:

Lego architecture sets provide an excellent opportunity for adults to play like children once more, with the added benefit of providing a new display piece for your office or home. Much more subdued than Creator or other sets, they're attractive and challenging enough for adults, yet many are suitable for children aged 12 and up. This makes them a great activity for the family that's educational as well. And since you leave them in their finished state, you won't need to make room in your lego organizer to store all the pieces.

Every set comes with detailed instructions and information booklets, with the United Nations Headquarters volume fittingly translated into many languages. If you're looking for something entry-level, both price and experience-wise, the Eiffel Tower, New York City Skyline, and Sydney Skyline are all viable options. If you're seeking something a bit more challenging, the detailed Statue of Liberty is ideal, while the twee pieces and a requirement for patience make the Louvre Building another rewarding build.

We said goodbye to the Villa Savoye today to make room for the more challenging and recognizable Statue of Liberty, which is not only reasonably-priced for the number of pieces but is an extremely faithful rendition that's fun to build without being too easy and quick. Once complete, it's beautiful on a desk or bookshelf.

4. The Louvre

5. United Nations Headquarters

6. Buckingham Palace

7. Trevi Fountain

8. Sydney Skyline

9. New York City Skyline

10. The Eiffel Tower

Christopher Thomas
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