First seen way back in October of last year, Lego’s version of the Flatiron building—one of New York’s most iconic landmarks next to the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building—is finally available for those looking for a souvenir of the city, or to add to their Lego Architecture collection.
Given Lego recently opened a flagship store in New York’s Flatiron district it was inevitable that the towering 21-storey building nearby would be given the brick treatment as part of the company’s ongoing Architecture series. Standing just over six-inches tall the scale version of the Flatiron Building—which was once one of the tallest skyscrapers in New York—is assembled from 471 pieces. It’s not one of the most challenging Lego builds, but it does use some clever internal hinging tricks to recreate the recognizable wedge shape of its real-life counterpart.
At the scale used for the tiny set it’s impossible to perfectly recreate all of the Beaux-Arts styling that architect Daniel Burnham incorporated into the Flatiron Building’s design back in 1902. But through a clever use of flat-tile vents and three shades of bricks, the tower’s distinctive features definitely show through on this model.
Seen side-by-side with the original building no one is going to ever mistake your Lego model for the real thing, but the company’s designers did a great job at including some key details given it’s just six-inches tall.
And like with all the other sets in the Lego Architecture series, the building instructions are as much worth displaying as the actual model. In addition to all those step-by-step instructions you love pouring through, the book features a detailed history of the Flatiron Building, as well as random facts related to the section you’re building as you work through all of the steps. You’ll definitely learn something along the way, even if it’s just how much you still adore playing with Lego. [Lego Architecture]