Reverse Engineering LEGO Architecture 21024 – The Louvre (Part 3 – Conclusion)
This is the third and final article in my in-depth preview of the upcoming LEGO Architecture Set #21024 featuring The Louvre museum in Paris, France. (Go back and read Part 1 – the Glass Pyramid, or Part 2 – The Courtyard if you missed those articles…)
It’s time to do some deeper analysis of the most intricate part of the model – the former palace and now museum. This is the section of the model built in the French Renaissance style which opened as a museum in 1793 with later remodels and additions. The style is a precursor to the intensely decorated Baroque style that swept over Europe. This creates a challenge for the designers of this LEGO model, since it is difficult to capture these ornate details in such a small scale. As you will see, they employed some uncommon parts usage and other tricks to pack a lot of detail into a small model, much like the 2014 LEGO Architecture set featuring the Trevi Fountain.
The Telescope is well used, although it is only 1 2/3 brick tall so it is placed on a 1×1 round plate to match the height of the panels/arches.
Wait, there’s no such thing as a 1x2x2 Panel with an arch! This is the only explanation, and I’m extremely confident that this new piece is real after seeing additional photos from other angles (Especially after seeing this video from promobricks.de). I find it a bit odd that the edge of the panel doesn’t appear to be covered with a tile or other thin component. (The video reveals some odd shadows in the leftmost arch, indicative of this gap.
Another surprise exists upstairs. We see a strange gap between the windows and the bricks in between them. It looked a lot like the end of a 1×2 Log Brick (Palisade), and upon experimentation it achieved the same look as in the photo so I think it’s a correct match. A strange subtle detail, indeed.
The middle has some interesting half-brick offsets, creating a roughly curved shape. This is well achieved, and easily re-created using some 1×2 jumper bricks. We also see some trick use of the front and back of a Headlight brick. (Please excuse the 1×1 round bricks, I ran out of telescopes!)
Nothing too tricky up top, although I had to make some subtitutions as I don’t have the appropriate 3-brick tall slopes without disassembling my Haunted House. You see the back side of the new panel with arch, which I’ve annotated to show where the arch would appear.
While every LEGO architecture set is an insta-buy for me (I have every model in the series), this is the 2015 set that I am most excited about. I love the challenge of capturing a more ornate Architectural style using LEGO bricks, and the result is excellent. The model is immediately recognizable, and it explores a building that is both iconic and captures two different eras in a single composition. I think the part selection will be interesting, and it’s neat to see a whole new part showing up in the Architecture series first.
I look forward to receiving the final set to see if it lives up to my expectations, and to see where I made mistakes in guessing about the construction of this model.
Detailed Parts Analysis:
I did want to offer analysis of a few of the new / uncommon parts in this set…
- NEW COLOR – 16x, Tan Minifig Telescope (64644) – Tan is a new color for this part.
- 12x, 1×2 Tan Log Brick (30136) – Not new or rare, but used in an unusual way on the sides of the windows near the top of the building. (I can’t think of a different part which has this profile.)
- 11x, Tan 1x2x2 Panel with Arch (90195) –
This is a new part with an a 1-stud wide arch that is 4 plates tall.It looks like glass windows will be able to snap into it, although I don’t think this model will take advantage of that ability. (P.S. I think this new part would allow for a better version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.)
- 6x, Trans-clear Tile 1×1 (3070) – This is a rare 0.30$ part.
- 38x, Trans-clear Tile 1×2 (3069) – This is a rare 0.20$ part.