Brick List & Buying Guide for ‘The LEGO Architect’ book
Note: If you just want to learn which LEGO parts are most common, check out our article: 2019 Most Common LEGO Parts.
There are a few questions which will influence which parts you need, and how you should buy them…
- How large is your LEGO collection?
Learn more about your LEGO collection in our popular LEGO Storage Guide.
- Do you only want to build the models in the book?
A larger selection of parts makes it easier to design your own LEGO architecture models.
- Do you want to only use white and clear bricks?
If you have a fairly large collection, you may be able to build everything in the book by substituting other colors from your collection.
I’ve prepared recommendations and shopping lists for the most common situations. You’re encouraged to adapt these recommendations based on your unique circumstances… For example, if you already have a decent LEGO collection, find the appropriate list on this page and only purchase the parts which are missing from your collection.
Parts for ‘The LEGO Architect’ book
If you want to build all of the models in the book but don’t need extra parts to help you design and build your own models, you need just 909 LEGO pieces. I’ve prepared the following list to help you purchase just the pieces you need.
- Download: All_Parts_for_The_Lego_Architect_book.bsx
This file contains the list of parts needed to build every model in The LEGO Architect book. (At the bottom of this page you will find instructions to view/edit the .bsx file, & order these parts online.)
- Preview: All parts for ‘The LEGO Architect’ book
You can see the list of 909 parts in you web browser (without downloading an app to view .bsx files).
Parts for ‘The LEGO Architect’ book + Architecture Studio
If you want to build all of the models in the book and design your own models, you will needed a fairly large selection of bricks. There are two ways to get a general-purpose collection of white and clear bricks, plus everything you need to build all of the models in the book…
If you already own ‘LEGO Architecture Studio’ set
If you already own the LEGO Architecture Studio set, you can make many of the models featured in the book with only minor part substitutions.
If you want to build every model in the book using exactly the same parts indicated by the instructions, you will need to purchase the following 252 additional bricks. Most of these are inexpensive commonly-available bricks, and are a useful addition to your Architecture Studio set. (The parts cost under 25$ + shipping as of October 2015.)
- Download: Additional_Parts_with_21050.bsx
This file contains a list of the 252 parts needed to supplement your #21050 LEGO Architecture Studio set. (At the bottom of this page you will find instructions to view/edit the .bsx file, & order these parts online.)
- Preview: Additional Parts with #21050 Architecture Studio
You can see the list of 252 parts in you web browser (without downloading an app to view .bsx files).
If you do not own the ‘LEGO Architecture Studio’ set
You’re welcome to buy retired set #21050 LEGO Architecture Studio at a premium price, but it’s a lot cheaper to just buy the exact same 1211 pieces online. Here’s a .bsx file containing all of the parts you would have gotten if you purchased the set.
- Download: Parts_in_21050_LEGO_Architecture_Studio.bsx
This file contains the list of 1211 parts contained in the #21050 LEGO Architecture Studio set. (At the bottom of this page you will find instructions to view/edit the .bsx file, & order these parts online.)
Don’t forget to also buy the 252 additional parts listed in the Additional_Parts_with_21050.bsx, so you can build all of the models in the book!
Purchasing LEGO bricks online
The cheapest way to purchase these parts is to order them on Bricklink using the following instructions:
- Download the .bsx file containing the parts you need from this page.
A .bsx file is an XML file format containing a list of parts and quantities. (You can edit .bsx files using the BrickStock app for PC/Mac).
- Go to bricklink.com and sign-in (or create an account).
- Click “Want”, then “Upload”.
Or click this link after signing-in: bricklink.com/v2/wanted/upload.page
- Click the “Add to:” dropdown, and choose “Create New Wanted List”. Type a memorable name for the list (such as “Parts for LEGO Architect Book”).
- Click “Browse for file” and select the .bsx file you downladed in step 1.
- After uploading the file it should say “The file [filename] was accepted”. Click “Proceed to verify items”.
- Scroll through the list to make sure it is correct. At the bottom of the page, Click “Add to Wanted List”, then click “View [name of your list]”.
- Press the green “Buy All” button. (It may take a few minutes to finish finding stores containing parts from your wishlist.)
- Click “Auto-select” to find the best match.
It is unlikely that a single store will have all of the parts you need, so you will need to make multiple purchases to get all of the parts you need.
- Click “Create carts”, and follow the steps to complete each of the purchases.
NOTE: The lists on this page do not include additional parts required to build the downloadable bonus content from my website. If you decide to place an order on Bricklink, you should consider if you want to add any additional parts to your order. (You can modify the .bsx file before uploading it to BrickLink, or edit your wishlist on the BrickLink website after uploading it.)
Other useful bricks for building LEGO architecture
Every year, there are about 20 new general-purpose LEGO parts (excluding one-off pieces for licensed sets or minifigure accessories). This includes a handful of parts that are very useful for building LEGO Architecture models which were introduced after the LEGO Architecture Studio set was released in 2013.
One of these days, I hope to provide an up-to-date list of the most versatile parts for building LEGO Architecture. (You could think of this as modern refresh of the parts contained in 2013’s LEGO Architecture Studio set.)
In the meantime, you are welcome to look back to this article I wrote in 2013 which highlights the Top 10 parts missing from the LEGO Architecture Studio set. (It’s at my tomalphin.com website, since brickarchitect.com wasn’t established until 2015.)