Lego Architecture Studio (21050) Review by JimButcher

The LEGO Architecture Studio (21050) is a very mysterious set. Currently only available in the United States, this set can be hard to find. Because of this, the set is wrapped up in mystery. Jim Butcher got his hands on this massive set and broke it open to document and review what he found. The Architecture Studio contains 1,210 pieces and comes in a very unconventional box. Most official Lego sets are released in a flat(ish) rectangle shaped box, not so for the Architecture Studio. This is a huge package. Taking up the space of 3 or 4 normal Lego sets. Inside is a very unique set, that Lego has never produced before.

Besides the 1,210 Lego pieces the set comes with two clear sorting trays. Fun fact: these sorting trays are official Lego pieces. They work well, and help to manage the massive amount of like sized/shaped pieces. Speaking of which, almost every piece is white. With the exception of a handful of transparent pieces. The whole point of the Lego Architecture Studio is to use the included pieces to begin building technically minded architecture models. The monochrome color scheme helps break the Lego models down to their core concept, while reinforcing the minimalistic goal of the set.

Lego Architecture Studio (21050) Pieces by JimButcher

The large Lego piece count and sorting trays are not the main focus of this set. The instruction manual or book is the star. A huge 272 page perfect bound book. Featuring tips, building techniques, styles, history, and general information about Architecture and Lego. The book does not contain standard instructions. No step by step builds of famous architectural models. Instead the book features very general instructions, often showing the building of a model across only 3-4 steps. The Lego Architecture Studio (21050) is an educational and inspirational set, sharing more in common with Lego Mindstorms then Lego Star Wars.

Lego Architecture Studio (21050) Book by JimButcher

Read the full review by Jim Butcher over at Eurobricks: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=85176&st=0

Lego Architecture Studio (21050) Book Download

UPDATE: It looks like Lego has taken the file offline. Lego has offered a .pdf download of the whole 272 page book from the Lego Architecture Studio (21050). This is huge download, at 413 MB. Check it out here:
http://cache.lego.com/bigdownloads/buildinginstructions/6062928.pdf

Amazon has the set for sale, but like other recently popular sets it comes and goes out of stock often. Check it out on Amazon here: LEGO Architecture Studio (21050)

Lego Architecture Studio (21050) Review by Jim Butcher @ Eurobricks
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12 thoughts on “Lego Architecture Studio (21050) Review by Jim Butcher @ Eurobricks

  • August 14, 2013 at 3:36 pm
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    Can you send me a copy of the PDF? It’s no longer available online.

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    • August 14, 2013 at 4:27 pm
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      It appears to be working, the PDF is 413 MB so it takes some time to download. If it is still giving you problems let me know.

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      • August 14, 2013 at 8:34 pm
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        No luck, Page “Not Found”. It looks like LEGO removed the file. Any way to get it ?

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  • August 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm
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    Similar to James’ comment the link appears to be broken.

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  • August 15, 2013 at 6:25 pm
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    I will look into finding a new link tonight. The current one seems to not work for everyone.

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  • August 17, 2013 at 3:39 am
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    Any luck with a new link?

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    • December 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm
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      I am trying to find this as well. Is there a link that works or can you please upload to Dropbix :)/

      Thanks

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  • February 25, 2014 at 7:57 am
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    HI,

    could anyone send me a copy of the LEGO Architecture Studio Set 21050 Instructions? I can’t find any working download.

    Thanks for this blog,

    Hans

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    • February 25, 2014 at 8:25 am
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      It seems like the download works, but is limited to only for the first few clicks of the day. It is a very large file.

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  • December 6, 2014 at 6:26 pm
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    the architecture studio set. Is there any books out there I can get with full instrution. I do not have a mine to create.. thanks

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