Build Your Own Frank Lloyd Wright Masterpiece With These Scale Model Kits
By Samantha Pires, My Modern Met
If you are looking for a fun activity to do with loved ones or just for a quiet night in, these Frank Lloyd Wright scale model kits by Little Building Co. are a great choice! Assembling your favorite Wright projects will help you to understand your favorite architectural icons on a deeper level as you connect each piece.
The company offers plenty of architectural kits, including two Frank Lloyd Wright buildings to choose from: the Guggenheim Museum and Wright’s first Usonian House. Each kit is made with high-quality material that is sustainably sourced, such as American cherry and Aspen wood. The quality and detail of the scale model kits will bring you all the fun of a LEGO kit with the professional quality of an architecture studio when it is ready for display.
These Wright scale model kits and more are available on Amazon and Little Building Co.'s website. And if you finish collecting all of the sets or you simply want more ways to keep the fun going, check out our list of architectural model kits.
Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright Scale Model Kit
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is one of Wright’s most iconic projects. It has now become a staple of New York City architecture for its unusual spiraling form. However, this unique design made it a contentious museum. Critics claimed that the new Guggenheim Museum prioritized architecture over art since the artwork was not placed on flat, even walls. Instead, visitors would encounter the art as they walk up the massive ramping system. Though it was not equally loved by all, many visitors today appreciate the innovate design of the museum.
Learn more about the history of the Guggenheim Museum on My Modern Met.
Usonian House by Frank Lloyd Wright Scale Model Kit
Usonian House wasn’t just any Wright house. It was a prototype for affordable American housing. The design of Usonian houses represents many of the qualities that define Wright’s architecture: horizontality, long horizontal roof planes, ornamentation inspired by natural forms, efficient use of living spaces, and more ideas that would become even more defined later in Wright’s life.
There were about 60 Usonian houses built, all for middle-income families that were perfect clients to test Wright’s ideas. Many of these houses were built on difficult-to-use sites and required special variations of the Usonian architectural type. Each of these projects helped to define the “rules” behind Wright’s style of architecture.