The Designer that LEGO Built

October 27, 2016

When my parents bought me my first LEGO set, I had no idea it would change my life. Little did I know how these simple building blocks with their infinite design possibilities would be one of the most amazing gifts I’d ever receive.

I remember that day. I was seven years old when my parents bought me the Town Poolside Paradisa set.  I couldn’t wait to open the box and begin building. Nothing to stop me but my imagination! I would play for hours, taking it apart and rebuilding it. As I received more Lego gifts I found myself ignoring the instructions and instead came up with my own elaborate designs. I would turn grocery markets into outdoor movie theaters complete with snack stations, and hotel sets into a neighborhood of residential homes.  I even had a scene where one home caught on fire.  Don’t worry a fire truck did come to its rescue, along with crowd of concerned neighbors and news reporters watching from afar. All family members were safe including their dog, Rufus.

As the years went by, I never outgrew those bricks. Even in college at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, I was still dreaming and still designing. It was then I discovered Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater from LEGO’s new (at the time) architecture-themed set. My worlds collided. 


In 2010, LEGO starting creating architectural sets. As part of this ‘Landmark Series,’ Adam Reed Tucker replicated the famous Fallingwater Residence with LEGO bricks. Unfortunately, this set has been retired and is no longer available for purchase, but the collection has since grown to include the White House, Eiffel Tower and much more. Check out the website for the entire collection. // Photo by Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture


Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1934, the Fallingwater or Kaufmann Residence is one of the most famous homes in the country. Located in rural Southwestern Pennsylvania, Fallingwater has been open to the public since 1963. The design is a perfect example of Frank LLoyd Wright’s organic architectural style which becomes one with the surrounding landscape. // Photo by fdastudillo/iStock

When I bought the Fallingwater set I was eager to open it immediately and start building…just like when I was a kid. But I held back. I made a pact with myself NOT to build it until I got a design job at an architecture firm. That day came and went and today, as I look up from my desk at my LEGO Fallingwater on display, I smile. My building blocks may have changed from plastic LEGO pieces to raw materials like concrete, brick and steel, however my love for creating never will.


Portrait of Frank Lloyd Wright // Photo by New York World-Telegram and the Sun Staff Photographer: Al Ravenna

Frank Lloyd Wright (June 8th, 1867 – April 9th, 1959) was not just a famous architect but also an interior designer, writer and educator. Out of more than 1000 of his building designs, 532 were constructed.