Gazing out at the city skyline is a favored shot among movie directors, photographers, romantics and those who are contemplating the world around them. Our world is full of amazing vistas of modern cities that drive people to hop on planes just to view them every day. Whether you seek the style of New York, the history of London, Sydney’s modernity, Shanghai’s remarkable evolution through centuries, or just a slice of deep dish Chicago pizza pie while you gaze across the famous building jutting up into the sky, skylines can inspire wonder in anyone who sets eyes on them. But what do you do if you can’t afford to see them for yourself? Well, you can look at pictures, sure, but that gets boring pretty quickly. We believe you’d much rather recreate them for yourself, and that’s why we’ve compiled the best Lego architecture sets. For fans of architecture, the wonders of the world and Lego itself, these are the best sets to look out for.
The Best Lego Architecture Set
Hey there, what’s up, how ya doin’? The city that never sleeps is home to the likes of Friends, immortalized in Woody Allen movies and is packed full of famous landmarks that you probably learned about before you even knew your own name, and they are all represented in this set.
The Lego Architecture New York City Skyline brings all of the glitz and glamor of New York (New York!) to your fingertips as you can construct classic landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty as well as the unmistakable One World Trade Center, Empire State Building and Chrysler Building. Also included is the awkwardly shaped (New Yorker’s words, not ours) Flatiron Building that you might have seen in pictures and movies, but never really understood its significance.
5 famous New York City landmarks: Flatiron Building, Chrysler Building, One World Trade Center, Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty
Collectible booklet included
Ideal for display purposes
- Weight1.55 pounds
Up there as one of the best lego architecture sets, the London Skyline architecture kit brings all of London’s class to your living room for you to recreate the famed city skyline. Originally only available at the Lego Store in Covent Garden, London, the set is now available worldwide and is perfect for any British expats who miss the sophistication of home or anglophiles who love getting their hands on all things British.
You don’t have to love the UK to enjoy this set, though. It is a great addition for all Lego enthusiasts and will fit seamlessly into the best Lego architecture collections. Like others in the Lego architecture series, the set comes with an informative booklet that details the history and construction of the buildings, so you can learn while you have fun, which is often the best type of fun (a line shamelessly stolen from everyone’s old Math teacher.)
5 famous London landmarks: Big Ben, National Gallery, Nelson’s Column, Tower Bridge, London Eye
Perfect bucket list reminder
- Weight1.2 pounds
Lego’s Shanghai building kit is our premium choice for Lego architecture skyline models. It offers something just a little different to what we are used to seeing every day and, like London, takes you on a trip through the traditions of one of the world’s most historically rich nations.
Out of all Lego architecture sets, the Shanghai model will provide you with the best value for money and features no less than seven different locations and landmarks that will make you feel like you are deep in throes of a Shanghai vacation. Builders will be treated to intricate Lego mechanics that will only be understood by actually completing them and this is most evident in spiraling Shanghai Tower. Other locations included are the Oriental Pearl Tower, World Financial Center, Radisson Blu Hotel, Bund Buildings, Chenghuang Miao Temple, and Longhua Pagoda.
7 famous Shanghai landmarks: Chenghuang Miao Temple, Longhua Temple and Pagoda, Radisson Blu Hotel, Bund area, Oriental Pearl, World Financial Center, and the Shanghai Tower
Realistic color depiction
- Weight1.55 pounds
G’day mate! This Lego architecture Sydney Skyline brings all of the famous locations you have seen and heard about from down under and brings them to your construction table for you to spend a couple of hours putting together this collection. Each piece falls perfectly together to recreate a Lego version of one of the most memorable and famous skylines in the world which is captivating enough for even the most experienced Lego builder.
The set features the world famous Sydney Opera House, which is perhaps the only landmark than most people outside of Australia associate with the city that might feel like the capital but actually isn’t (and it’s not Melbourne, either). However, also included is the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower and Deutsche Bank Place, all of which are must-see locations should you ever venture south of the hemisphere.
Features 4 world famous Sydney landmarks: The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Tower and Deutsche Bank Place
Collectors booklet included
Compatible with all construction sets
- Weight14.9 ounces
When it comes to architecture building sets, value is very important. Our choice for the best value Lego architecture is the Chicago Skyline. It is a collection of immortal icons from one of the best states in the US and is the perfect addition to your Lego architecture collection. Not only does it come at a great price, but it contains 6 of the most legendary buildings that are renowned throughout Chicago as well as the world.
These include the Willis Tower (also known to Chicagoans as the Sears Tower, and they won’t let you tell them any different), as well as John Hancock Center and Cloud Gate. The unrivalled Big Red is represented, and no Chicago-themed set would be complete without the Wrigley Building standing tall and strong, a staple of Chicago as a whole.
Features 6 famous Chicago landmarks: Willis Tower, John Hancock Center, Cloud Gate, DuSable Bridge, Wrigley Building, and the Big Red
Complex and enjoyable build
- Weight1.4 pounds
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