Build a Brutalist airport traffic control tower
I have been building LEGO architecture models and sharing them on my blog for almost exactly a year now. My first big project was my LEGO Architecture 30-day challenge where I built 30 different LEGO architecture projects in about two months. I’m excited to bring several small LEGO Architecture models and one larger one to this weekend’s BrickCon convention here in Seattle, WA. I hope you can make it!
I wanted to do something more than simply display my models; I wanted to create and share instructions so people attending the conference (and readers of this article) can build one of these models too. I decided to start with a relatively simple model, so I selected an “Airport traffic control tower” I built in the Brutalist architecture style.
Brutalism is one of my favorite Architectural styles, it is an offshoot of Modern Architecture which got a lot of attention in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The style is easily recognized as almost all of the buildings are made of inexpensive reinforced concrete, and they often have bold, aggressively angular forms. It became a common style for governmental buildings and universities.
The model can be built using only parts from the LEGO Architecture studio set, although you may need to use three 1×1 tiles, as that set does not include any of the 1×3 tiles which I used on the top of the building. (I’ve documented some of the other parts which are sadly missing from the otherwise excellent Architecture Studio set in a different article…)
I’d love to hear your thoughts about these instructions or the completed model… Please leave a comment below! Was it fun to build? Were the instructions clear? I hope you were able to see my models at BrickCon – what did you like best?