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Tyler Clites

As a Lego Master, I’ve had the privilege of working on some truly unique and challenging projects. But when I was approached by the owner of the famous Razor House to create a custom Lego replica of their stunning home, I knew this would be an experience like no other. The real house is currently owned by the artist, Alicia Keys and has bought it for $20.8 million dollars in 2019.

Razor House Lego Build by Tyler Clites

A Masterpiece of Modern Architecture

For those unfamiliar with the Razor House, it’s a true work of art. Designed by renowned architect Wallace E. Cunningham, this incredible home is perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla, California. Its sharp angles, sweeping curves, and expansive windows create a breathtaking silhouette that seems to defy gravity.

The Razor House now owned by Alicia Keys

When the owner reached out to me with the idea of immortalizing their home in Lego form, I was thrilled at the opportunity. As a sort of architect myself, I have a deep appreciation for the artistry and innovation that goes into a structure like the Razor House.

Challenges in Recreating the Razor House with Lego

While I was excited to take on this project, I knew it would come with its fair share of challenges. The unique architecture of the Razor House, with its numerous curves and angles, is not easily translated into the rectangular world of Lego bricks.

Lego elements are designed to fit together in very specific ways. Creating organic shapes requires a great deal of creativity and experimentation. I knew I would have to think outside the box (or, in this case, the brick) to capture the essence of the Razor House.

The Design Process

To begin, I spent countless hours studying photographs and architectural plans of the Razor House. I wanted to ensure that my Lego replica would be as accurate as possible, down to the smallest detail.

Next, I began the digital design process. Using specialized software, I created a 3D model of the house, experimenting with different building techniques and brick configurations. This allowed me to test out ideas and make adjustments before committing to the physical build.

Razor House Lego build by Tyler Clites

Once I was satisfied with the digital design, it was time to bring it to life with real Lego bricks. I carefully selected the pieces I would need, paying special attention to color and transparency to capture the look and feel of the Razor House’s sleek, modern aesthetic.

Building the Lego Razor House

With my design finalized and my bricks sorted, I was ready to start building. The construction process was a true labor of love, requiring patience, precision, and resourcefulness.

Razor House Lego build by Tyler Clites

To recreate the house’s distinctive curves, I utilized a variety of specialized Lego elements, such as sloped bricks and arches. For the expansive windows that are such a key feature of the Razor House, I incorporated large transparent panels, allowing light to pass through just as it does in the real structure.

Focused on the windows. Razor House Lego build by Tyler Clites
Focused on the windows. Razor House Lego build by Tyler Clites
Focused on the windows. Razor House Lego build by Tyler Clites
Focused on the windows. Razor House Lego build by Tyler Clites

Slowly but surely, the Lego Razor House began to take shape. With each brick placed, I could see the client’s vision coming to life. It was an incredible feeling to watch this iconic house emerge in miniature form, knowing that I was creating something truly special.

The Final Product

After several months of meticulous design and construction, the Lego Razor House was complete. Spanning a two-foot by three-foot space, it was an impressive sight to behold.

Exploded view of the Razor House Lego build by Tyler Clites

The final model captured all the key features of the real Razor House, from the dramatic angles of the roofline to the sprawling ocean views visible through the transparent windows. It was a true testament to the power of Lego as a medium for architectural expression.

A Rewarding Experience

For me, building the Lego Razor House was more than just another project. It was an opportunity to stretch my skills as a Lego Master, to pay homage to an architectural masterpiece, and to bring joy to someone through my craft.

It’s experiences like these that remind me why I fell in love with Lego in the first place. The ability to transform simple plastic bricks into works of art, to capture the essence of a structure as complex and beautiful as the Razor House, is truly magical.

As I look to the future, I’m excited to take on more projects that push the boundaries of what’s possible with Lego. Whether replicating iconic buildings, creating custom kits, or designing entirely new structures, I know the possibilities are endless. Let’s replicate your iconic structures, may it be your building or your home. It may even be something you would like to have in the future. Feel free to contact me, and let’s talk about building your dream build!