BILLUND, Denmark – Big Ben, one of the UK’s most recognizable buildings and a global symbol of Victorian London and the Gothic Revival style, has been recreated as the latest set in the LEGO® Architecture series.
Big Ben, officially known as the Clock Tower, has stood at the north-eastern corner of the Palace of Westminster in London for more than 150 years. It was designed by the unlikely team of Classical architect Charles Barry and Gothic Revival pioneer Augustus Pugin and completed in 1859.
Big Ben is the fourteenth model in the LEGO Architecture range, which uses the LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world. It is the first model to be designed by Rok Zgalin Kobe from Slovenia who joins Adam Reed-Tucker as a LEGO architect.
“The most challenging in creating this model was representing the richness of 19th century Gothic Revival architecture in a scale usually more appropriate for modern or contemporary architecture of smooth surfaces and clean lines,” said Rok Zgalin Kobe.
Charles Barry won the competition to build the new Palace of Westminster in January 1836. His initial designs were without the clock tower that would become known as Big Ben. As his own style was more Classical than the increasingly popular Gothic Revival, Barry asked for assistance from Augustus Pugin, a leading light of the movement that left its indelible mark on the Victorian era around the world. The design of the interior of the palace and the clock tower are thought to be his work.
LEGO Architecture products features well-known buildings, and the work of important architects Aimed at inspiring future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around the world, the range contains a booklet featuring step-by-step building instructions that is prefaced by exclusive, archival history, information and photographs of each iconic building, its design origin, its architect and its architectural features.
The LEGO 21013 Big Ben is available for purchase from June 1 in LEGO brand retail stores, LEGOLAND Stores and online at http://shop.lego.com/. The product is designed for ages 12+ and includes a booklet with facts and history about Big Ben. Recommended retail price is $29.99 or €29.99.
For more information about LEGO Architecture visit http://architecture.lego.com
Please use our links: LEGO.com • Amazon
Brickset.com is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, the Amazon.com.ca, Inc. Associates Program and the Amazon EU Associates Programme, which are affiliate advertising programs designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.
As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.
Looks nice, I may pick it up when it's out
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks it is ugly. It is about as realistic as the one in Big Bentley Bust Out.
Overall, I'm not pleased with the design. There are some really nice features though, such as the grille tiles, but the protruding clock faces and the choice of round bricks for the corners really stand out. For such a scale, it's understandable why those decisions were taken.
It might be a nice little build though and I should have the parts so I might give it a try when the instructions are available.
It would be probably cheaper to Bricklink this set, although I think I have most of the pieces anyway.
I don't mind this set for what it is but yea a bigger one would be out of the question given the repeatitive building technique.
Those saying "not enough detail - needs to be bigger" will also be the ones saying "the build was too much of the same"
Take it as it is.
Well, if I am going to get any architecture set, this is definitely it. I think that, in spite of scale differences, it complements the TB pretty well. And it's definitely a great representation of the real tower, at that scale. This takes the title from Brandenburger Tor as my favourite affordable Architecture set. =)
This restored glued display model dates to circa 1963-65. In 1966 the 1x1 round bricks were remodeled with a tapered base. This model has the older pre-1966 1x1 round bricks.