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What’s Googie Architecture?

What’s Googie Architecture?

Driving around Los Angeles, it’s nearly impossible to miss the many diners, car washes, and other buildings with their kitschy and angular retro-futurist looks. Cheddar explains the origins of so-called “Googie” architecture, and why it became so popular.

Bruny Island Tiny House

Bruny Island Tiny House

Ever feel like just chucking it all and moving to a tiny house? Hunting for George takes us on a tour of a wonderful off-grid dream house located on Bruny Island in Tasmania, Australia. Its got a full kitchen, a lofted bedroom, a chill dining space with idyllic views, and a hidden outdoor tub. Designed by Maguire + Devine Architects.

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Tennis Ball Dog House

Tennis Ball Dog House

Dogs love tennis balls. To celebrate this cherished relationship, architecture firm CallisonRTKL created a very special doghouse, covered with 1,019 tennis balls – each of which can be removed to play with. The 3D-printed doghouse was auctioned off to benefit the SPCA of Texas, but we’d love to see this sold in kit form.

Destroying a Wooden Coliseum

Destroying a Wooden Coliseum

Model builder Crouzier Benjamin is back with another amazing work of wooden architecture. This time, he and two friends painstakingly arranged 22,000 Kapla planks to create a massive coliseum and an accompanying tower. Then in seconds, it all came tumbling down – on purpose.

Fictional Building Size Comparison

Fictional Building Size Comparison

If you’ve ever wondered just how much bigger the Avengers tower was relative to Ant-Man’s mobile lab, this video answers that question and many more. MetaBall Studios‘ compares structures from movies, TV, and video games and puts them into perspective. We always suspected the Tyrell Corporation was enormous.

3D Printed Textscapes

3D Printed Textscapes

Artist Hongtao Zhou uses 3D printing to produce these wildly innovative works of art. Each one offers up a tactile and dimensional sculpture of a city, sculpted from letters of varying heights, and forming words which describe the locale. Some of his works are even printed on a flexible background so they bend like paper.

Railroad Car Tiny House

Railroad Car Tiny House

While we’re not sure we could ever live in a tiny house, there is something appealing about the idea of an efficient living space. Living Big in a Tiny House introduces us to Dan and Annabel, who built a funky little guest house out of an old WWII railroad car. The greenhouse roof really brings light into the otherwise confined space.

Stark Stick Tower

Stark Stick Tower

This impressive model of Tony Stark’s office tower from The Avengers series was built by FoBIRD using skinny wooden sticks and glue as its primary building materials. Watch as he painstakingly builds up the facades section-by-section, using architectural elevations he initially drafted onto paper.

Bamboo Temple Scaffolding

Bamboo Temple Scaffolding

A look at an incredible handmade structure being used to access and repair damaged temples in Bagan, Myanmar. These scaffolds are constructed entirely from bamboo and coconut husks, yet are apparently strong enough to hold several construction workers.

Off-Grid Island Home

Off-Grid Island Home

Exploring Alternatives introduces us to Catherine and Wayne, who have lived for nearly 30 years on a tiny man-made island in Tofino, BC, Canada. Freedom Cove was built by hand, using recycled and sustainable materials. It has multiple greenhouses, an art gallery, and a floating dance floor.

Cargo Van Home/Office

Cargo Van Home/Office

Zach Both was looking for a way to pursue his dreams of traveling the country and developing his filmmaking career, so he set out to make the ultimate live/work mobile office – a fantastic vehicle which started out as a simple white panel van. Learn to DIY with The Vanual.

Tallest Outdoor Card House

Tallest Outdoor Card House

Coolest Thing introduces us to Bryan Berg, a professional card stacker who holds several Guinness World Records for his gigantic houses of cards. Now, Berg attempts to build one of his paper skyscrapers with a twist – assembling it outdoors. Along the way, he explains a bit of his architectural technique.

NYC Skyline Chess Set

NYC Skyline Chess Set

From the Empire State Building to the Flatiron to the Freedom Tower, the New York City skyline is iconic and imposing. Celebrate your love for the Big Apple’s architecture with Ian Flood and Chris Prosser’s skyline chess set, which includes 32 buildings, made from heavyweight acrylic, along with a folding game board.

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The World’s Loneliest Library

The World’s Loneliest Library

Take a tour of the beautiful and serene Seashore Library, which sits along China’s Bohai Sea near Nandaihe Pleasure City. Architect Dong Gong’s design was designed to provide each occupant of its reading room with an unobscured view of the beach outside, and a sense of peace and solitude for each visitor.

Apartment Treehouse

Apartment Treehouse

YouTube channel Never Too Small is packed with great examples of highly-efficient living spaces. Among the designs is this 33 square meter Hong Kong apartment, which has a treehouse structure above the dining table. The cozy lofted bedroom is lined with pine wood to keep it from feeling cramped.

Bcompact Folding Stairs

Bcompact Folding Stairs

Bcontact’s hybrid bamboo staircase is hinged and attaches to one wall, so it can fold up flat when not in use. They feature an aluminum handrail on one side that folds along with the stairs. Each one is custom-fitted for the specific installation. The video shows off a few other folding items from designer Zev Bianchi.

Blockitecture Big Apple

Blockitecture Big Apple

Designer James Paulius extends his collection of colorful wooden architectural blocks with a miniature version of New York City. The full set features two iconic skyscrapers, a handful of shorter buildings, and a smattering of urban greenspace. The Empire State building and greenway models are available separately as well.

Geodesic Dome Kit

Geodesic Dome Kit

Build your own dome-shaped structure with this unique set of connectors. Simply add wooden sticks, and attach Hubs‘ sturdy, adjustable joints to build a geodesic dome in under an hour. The kit supports structures up to about 66 lb, and as big as 16 feet in diameter.

Making a Really Tiny House

Making a Really Tiny House

Building an actual house requires lots of different skills. OUROBOROS ARQ shows how you can apply the same experience and materials to the creation of a miniature dwelling, as they lay down a concrete and rebar foundation, erect beams and walls, lay bricks and install a tile roof for their literally tiny house.

Teti Architecture City Rings

Teti Architecture City Rings

These funky, chunky rings feature intricate sculptures of cities sitting atop them. There are models of Rome, London, and New York City, crafted from copper, silver, or gold, and set under durable, see-through resin. Sign up here to be notified when they’re available for pre-order.

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Building a Wigwam

Building a Wigwam

Wigwams are a kind of shelter historically built and lived in by Native Americans and other indigenous people. Watch as members of the Historic Huguenot Street recreate one of the structures by bending tree saplings, and covering them with dried grasses, tree bark, and other natural materials in this enthralling time-lapse.

LEGO Micro Cities

LEGO Micro Cities

Expert LEGO designer and builder Jeff Friesen presents an amazing book for LEGO fanatics, architecture fanatics, and anyone who enjoys building things. It includes plans for building 50 different models as part of 8 fantastic LEGO micro cities.

Building an Underground House

Building an Underground House

Watch YouTuber Mr. Heang as he uses hand tools and his hands to dig a giant hole in the ground, then proceeds to build out a hidden living space beneath the surface, complete with a small swimming pool and a hidden access door. Be sure to watch both part 1 and part 2 of the video.

Africa’s City in the Sea

Africa’s City in the Sea

The B1M shares details about the construction of Eko Atlantic, a city being built on reclaimed land off the coast of Lagos, Nigeria. It required the construction of a seawall built to withstand waves and storms, and will house 250,000 residents and 150,000 commuters when complete.

U-Build Flat Pack Building Frame

U-Build Flat Pack Building Frame

Currently available in the UK, U-Build is a DIY modular and flat-pack wood and hardware system for building structures, furniture, and storage. You design your layout and dimensions on its website, then the parts are sent to you. You need only basic tools to put the frame together.

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