ArchiTek by Dominique Ehrhard
An introduction to architectural creation, the 95 percent cardboard elements in this book can be combined in an infinite variety of ways to build all sorts of fantastical structures. Follow the full-color idea diagrams to create more than 20 unique projects, then disassemble them and try something different. Developing direction-following skills and 3-D creativity, this kit allows young architects to both learn traditional design rules and break them. Alternate the color and black-and-white facade graphics to customize your creations―no glue or fasteners needed, just slot into place! The vibrant cutouts increase spatial visualization skills while giving future architects first-hand experience with color, form, and pattern. Age Range: 5 – 8 years
Hardcover: 128 pages
The LEGO Architecture Idea Book: 1001 Ideas by Alice Finch
- Build amazing walls that break the mold, with brick-and-mortar effects, weathered walls, and loose bricks
- Recreate structural effects like timber framing, soaring towers and turrets, shingled roofs, clapboard siding, and more
- Elevate your models with “stained glass”, intricate color patterns, and tumble-down wear-and-tear
- Use pieces like croissants, snakes, and goblets to make unique architectural ornamentation
Bursting with clever ideas, The LEGO Architecture Idea Book will show you how to turn your buildings into impressive, realistic structures.
Paperback: 232 pages
Who Built That? Modern Houses: An Introduction to Modern Houses and Their Architects by Didier Cornille
Who Built That? Modern Houses takes readers on a fun-filled tour through ten of the most important houses by the greatest architects of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Beginning with a brief biographical sketch of each architect, illustrator Didier Cornille uses a light touch to depict the various stages of construction, paying special attention to key design innovations and signature details. Cornille’s charming drawings and accessible text unlock the secrets of modern classic houses, ranging from Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye (1931) and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (1939) to Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard House (1995) and Rem Koolhaas’s Bordeaux House (1998). Readers of all ages will delight in this colorful introduction to modern architecture’s most extraordinary homes.
Age Range: 10 – 13 years Hardcover: 84 pages