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As the lead designer for Lego’s cultish Architecture series, Adam Reed Tucker has created opportunities for hobbyists and armchair architects to build their own tiny replicas of some of the world’s most iconic buildings. “Lego Architecture: Towering Ambition” offers the same concept writ large with a revisionist landscape in which one of the World Trade Center towers is still standing and several uncompleted designs find their final form as Lego skyscrapers. The scale of the project is breathtaking: A model of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa towers at 17 and a half feet tall and incorporates 450,300 unique pieces. But Tucker also hints at the expressive aspects of architecture with his rendering of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house, where intricately arranged Lego bricks capture the rugged beauty of the house’s natural setting. Best of all, the exhibit is dynamic: A model of the White House won’t be complete until the show winds down in September, a testament to Tucker’s singular compulsions and a sly nod to the fluid, recombinant nature of Lego construction.
THE EXHIBIT IS ON VIEW 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M. MONDAY TO SATURDAY AND 11 A.M. TO 5 P.M. SUNDAY TO SEPT. 5 AT THE NATIONAL BUILDING MUSEUM, 401 F ST. NW. FREE. (202) 272-2448.