Arckit Architectural Model Building Kit – Review and Kickstarter

Arckit Architectural Model Building Kit - Review and Kickstarter on Falcondale Life blog. Play at building and create ideas like an architect. Model house designs. No glue or mess, perfect for older children. New product ranges via Kickstarter.

My husband and two daughters (ages 12 and 15) are all enthusiastic builders of models and sets. They are even making an elaborate N-gauge model railway. When Arckit got in touch to say they are launching a Kickstarter – and offered us the chance to review their architectural model building kit – I knew my family would be keen.

Arckit in a nutshell

Arckit Architectural Model Building Kit - Review and Kickstarter on Falcondale Life blog. Play at building and create ideas like an architect. Model house designs. No glue or mess, perfect for older children. New product ranges via Kickstarter.

It’s tempting to describe Arckit by saying what it is not. It is not Lego; it is not Playmobil; it is not an Airfix model kit or anything like that, and yet it has a lot of the same appeal. You can build it up into the picture shown on the box or alter it to your own design. The similarity ends there, because it is not something to build and play with, it is something to play at building. It is an opportunity to play at being an architect.

Building with Arckit

In terms of skill, this is a step above other building sets and is aimed at older children and adults. It does take a bit of pushing to get certain pieces to stick together and line several bits up at once. The pieces push together; there is no glue or mess.

Arckit Architectural Model Building Kit - Review and Kickstarter on Falcondale Life blog. Play at building and create ideas like an architect. Model house designs. No glue or mess, perfect for older children. New product ranges via Kickstarter.

Arckit Architectural Model Building Kit - Review and Kickstarter on Falcondale Life blog. Play at building and create ideas like an architect. Model house designs. No glue or mess, perfect for older children. New product ranges via Kickstarter.

Building from the instructions needs concentration. Some of the dots appear covered on the drawing, when in fact they need to remain uncovered when you make the model. However with adult help, my children did get there in the end. In fact it took only about 30 minutes to make. However there’s no need to build from instructions, they are just one suggestion. Your imagination can run wild.

It was a bit hard for my 12 year old but my 15 year old daughter went on to take the model apart and create her own house. She designed a house with a first floor cantilever conservatory. I would love that to be real!

Arckit Architectural Model Building Kit - Review and Kickstarter on Falcondale Life blog. Play at building and create ideas like an architect. Model house designs. No glue or mess, perfect for older children. New product ranges via Kickstarter.

The nice thing about getting one box set of Arckit is that it comes with plenty of spare pieces. This means that there are plenty of changes and personal designs that you can make. The plastic feels like really good quality. There are decoration sheets to stick on with tile, brick and floor patterns.

Endorsements and Kickstarter

My daughter says that she needs even more pieces, so I think that is an endorsement! It’s certainly true that the architecture bug can grab children fairly early, often moving on from things like Minecraft. Arckit is ideal for teens who are keen on design or have a fascination with the act of building. In fact it is compatible with 3D design software and there’s even a STEM education programme using Arckit for schools.

Arckit Architectural Model Building Kit - Review and Kickstarter on Falcondale Life blog. Play at building and create ideas like an architect. Model house designs. No glue or mess, perfect for older children. New product ranges via Kickstarter.

If you just look at the list of places which sell it, you can see that Arckit already has a reputation for both quality and intellectual value: It is stocked globally in prestigious retailers and design museums such as Harrods London, Barnes & Noble across the US, Brown Thomas Dublin, Hamleys Singapore, The Smithsonian & Guggenheim museums NY and many other stores worldwide.

Arckit is a startup with real passion behind their mission to bringing design to life. In order to expand their range they have launched a Kickstarter this month. This will expand their range and allow the design of whole cityscapes with a dozen new sets.

Arckit Architectural Model Building Kit - Review and Kickstarter on Falcondale Life blog. Play at building and create ideas like an architect. Model house designs. No glue or mess, perfect for older children. New product ranges via Kickstarter.

Disclaimer: We were given an Arckit set for the purposes of this review but all views and opinions are entirely my own.

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17 Comments

  1. 30th May 2017 / 9:34 pm

    What a great idea for anyone that has that creativity. I never seen these before, I love the detail. Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • 30th May 2017 / 9:37 pm

      Unusual stuff, yes. Fun too! Thanks for hosting.

  2. 30th May 2017 / 7:49 am

    What a fantastic idea for those who love building. I love that it will challenge you as you can design it of the way you want. Really fantastic product x #sharingthebloglove

  3. 28th May 2017 / 6:49 pm

    What a wonderful idea for anyone interested in architecture and design! A real challenge to get stuck into and the chance to express your creativity too. Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  4. 27th May 2017 / 7:27 pm

    This is such a great idea – I would love one for myself! I would love to design my own home. Kaz 🙂

  5. 27th May 2017 / 11:50 am

    Wow Arckit is definitely a step up from lego and probably best suited to older children and adults like you said. I like that it is so advanced, it will be a challenging but rewarding project to carry out x

    • 27th May 2017 / 7:35 pm

      That’s true – and some people love a new challenge!

  6. 26th May 2017 / 8:49 pm

    Oh my gosh, what a fun activity to do with the whole family. Plus it is a great learning build also.

    • 26th May 2017 / 8:27 pm

      Do you know I’d love to see a model railway set with modern architecture. Our is a bit twee (don’t tell my husband I said that!)

  7. 26th May 2017 / 3:07 pm

    This is so great. What an awesome thing to do together as a family xx

  8. angela milnes
    26th May 2017 / 10:15 am

    Omg. This absolutely looks great I”m sure my nephew would love this he loves this kind of activity.

  9. 26th May 2017 / 10:05 am

    What a brilliant idea! I can think of a few people who would like this. Its great that you have some room for creativity by having extra bits, but have a general plan to follow.

  10. 25th May 2017 / 9:50 pm

    Looks great! My son is still a bit to young for this, but he would love it when he’s older!

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