Tom AlphinTom Alphin
Tom is the Editor-in-Chief at Brick Architect. He founded the website in 2015 just before releasing his bestselling book The LEGO Architect, which teaches 7 styles of architecture using LEGO bricks. In addition to reviewing new LEGO Architecture sets, he likes to write articles exploring technical aspects of the LEGO hobby including LEGO storage, and the LEGO color palette.

Tom has written 109 stories for Brick Architect.

#21321 LEGO Ideas International Space Station

The latest addition to the LEGO Ideas series was unveiled today…

LEGO fans just can’t get enough Space sets, which is why nobody should be suprised by the warm welcome for the latest addition to the LEGO Ideas series.

#21321 International Space Station

#21321 International Space Station

Reviewers agree—this is a really detailed model with tons of details in the core Habitation Module and Solar Array, not to mention the satellites and tiny brick-built Space Shuttle.

Brick Architect doesn’t have a copy yet, but you will find reviews at:

In the New Elementary review, you will find a complete list of printed parts (there are many), and existing parts available in new colors.

#21321 International Space Station will cost $69.99 (£64.99, €69.99) for 864 pieces, and will be available at LEGO.com starting February 1, 2020.

LEGO sets its sights on a growing market: Stressed-out adults

This WSJ article offers a surprisingly in-depth look at the ways that adult fans of LEGO (AFOL’s) are using LEGO to relax—mostly by following the instructions!

ɴᴇᴡ: LEGO Brick Labels 3.3

Version 3.3 adds 74 new labels, for a total of 1197 labels!

This update includes popular new elements from late 2019 and a few extremely useful parts which were just introduced in 2020.

Version 3.3 adds 74 new labels!

Version 3.3 adds 74 new labels!

This update also adds some older parts which have continued to grow in popularity over time, and some of the parts requested by Brick Architect readers like you. Thanks for your support!

Learn more and download at brickarchitect.com/labels.

ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ: Four 2019 sets featuring Vibrant Coral

This year, The LEGO Group introduced yet another new color—Vibrant Coral, a shockingly bright addition to the color palette which you can find in many new 2019 sets. We picked four sets which include most of the newly available elements, and prepared short reviews to help you decide which sets to add to your collection (or purchase just for the parts…)

LEGO Architecture on CNN Style

I was interviewed for this new article at CNN Style, alongside LEGO Set designer Rok Žgalin Kobe.

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In the article, Rok shared some new insights on the challenges in translating a real building to a LEGO set. I offered additional advise when designing your own LEGO architecture model: “Start by looking at the building, figuring out what the hardest part is going to be and building that first.”

I also talked about the many fan-made LEGO creations, including several models featured in The LEGO Architect, and some of the custom sets featured in on our list of Unofficial LEGO Architecture Sets.

If you want to read “LEGO architects and super-fans on designing perfect miniature worlds,” you will find it on CNN Style.