Lego Architecture Dwell Contest

LEGO building blocks have inspired generations of young builders. In recent years, they've also become an object of affection for grown adults looking to indulge their childhood dreams of becoming an architect.

In 2008, LEGO introduced the LEGO Architecture Series, a series of building block sets that replicate some of the world's most iconic structures. Included are a number of modern residences that would be of particular interest to fans of modern design. 

There's Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House:

Lego Van Der Rohe HouseThere's Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater:

LEGO Frank Lloyd Wright Set

And there's even Le Corbusier's Villa Savoye:

Le Corbusier and LEGO

The LEGO design fad has definitely taken hold. Earlier this year in fact, Dwell Magazine and LEGO joined forces to stage a contest in which participants were asked to create a Mid-century Modern home using the blocks (pictured at the top of this post and below).

Dwell Lego Contest

Put any of these sets together, literally, and you've got the best in mid-century houses. Unfortunately these models aren't large enough to fit our favorite lighting fixtures and furniture. For a real home, we recommend modern black leather chairs, Danish wood tables or credenzas, and any of our favorite arc designer floor lamps.

For a fraction of the cost of real construction, it's fun to fantasize for a moment about building one of the world's most recognizable modernist residences.

Images: Dwell, LEGOLocal Planet