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Architecture

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.

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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.

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.

The World’s Fastest Elevators

The World’s Fastest Elevators

The Shanghai Tower is “only” the world’s second tallest building. But it has other bragging rights. It has the world’s fastest elevators – three of them, in fact – capable of going 40mph, enough to go from the first to the 121st floor in just 55 seconds.

Luxurious Backyard Tiny Home

Luxurious Backyard Tiny Home

Living Big in a Tiny House often features homes that were made with mobility and affordability in mind. But Marnie and Dan’s home came out of a desire to have a minimalist lifestyle. They made their new home in the backyard of their regular house, which they now rent out.

The World’s Most Secure Buildings

The World’s Most Secure Buildings

The B1M lists some of the world’s most locked-down buildings, and highlights their measures to protect their contents from access and attacks. There’s a military surveillance outpost, a data center, the Vatican’s archives, Fort Knox, and the White House.

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.

The 747 Hotel

The 747 Hotel

If you ever find yourself passing through Stockholm, Sweden, consider spending a night at Jumbostay. Parked adjacent to Arlanda Airport, the retired Boeing 747 jumbo jet has been converted into a hotel, with rooms in its passenger cabin, cockpit, and engine nacelles.

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Incredible LEGO Micro City

Incredible LEGO Micro City

LEGO builder Luke Taylor shows off his labor of love for the last decade – a sprawling, futuristic city made from countless bricks. Like the real deal, it’s an ever-changing, ever-growing urban landscape. Another great video from Beyond the Brick’s Joshua Hanlon.

LEGO Supercar Bridge

LEGO Supercar Bridge

After assembling the epic LEGO Bugatti Chiron model, The Brick Wall decided his supercar needed a superbridge to go with. He built this impressive roadway from over 32,000 pieces, over the course of 96 hours. He even included LED streetlights for night viewing.

The Great Pyramid of Tokyo

The Great Pyramid of Tokyo

Tokyo has experienced explosive population growth. To help cram more people into limited space, a famed Japanese architecture firm came up with the idea to build an enormous pyramid to house a million residents. Kento Bento explains their unusual idea and its challenges.

ReActor 360º House

ReActor 360º House

“Performance architect” Alex Schweder and artist Ward Shelley’s unique tiny home is only meant for residents with an iron stomach. The entire home not only spins in the wind, but it see-saws as its occupants move back and forth. We’re assuming the furniture is all nailed down.

Wikkelhouse

Wikkelhouse

Fiction Factory’s Wikkelhouse is a modular prefabricated house that uses cardboard and plywood as its main structural elements. Instead of rooms, the house comes in crosswise segments. Customers usually pick 4 or more segments for their house.

The Home of the Future

The Home of the Future

With tech like Alexa, Nest, and Hue already in our homes, it’s already feeling pretty futuristic around here, but Grant Imahara and The Verge take a look at some of the other things we might look forward if we rethink the way we design and build homes.

Transformable Auditorium Seating

Transformable Auditorium Seating

Time-lapse footage captured from the Swiss Tech Convention Center, which has installed a complex network of spiral lifts which can reconfigure the number, arrangement, and height of 2,300 of its seats with the push of a button. Engineered by Gala Systems.

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Miniature NYC

Miniature NYC

Art Insider takes us on a tour of the world’s largest architectural model. Located at the Queens Museum, this incredibly detailed miniature of New York City was first revealed at the 1964 World’s Fair, and was updated with new buildings all the way until 1992.

DROP Structures Mono Cabin

DROP Structures Mono Cabin

DROP Structures‘ Mono cabin is its signature product. It’s a prefabricated living space that measures only 8.5′ x 12′ x 16’, so you don’t need building permits for it in North America. It has lots of customization options, including furniture, heating and appliances.

Amazing Joshua Tree House

Amazing Joshua Tree House

Got half a mil burning a hole in your pocket? You could be the new owner of this California desert home by architect Fritz Haeg. This 1 br 1 ba home features a unique blend of natural materials and modernist style, and sits on 45 acres. Contact agent Paul Karr for more info.

Waterfall Skyscraper

Waterfall Skyscraper

While the building has yet to be completed, we still are wowed by the idea that a 400 foot-tall skyscraper has a working 350 foot-tall waterfall built into its facade. The Liebian International Building is being built in Guiyang, China. Sadly, they can’t run it all the time.

Brutal East

Brutal East

Zupagrafika’s cut-out model book lets you build your own cold and impersonal miniature city filled with the brutalist architecture of Central and Eastern Europe. Includes seven buildings from Serbia, Moldova, Russia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Poland, and Russia.

Building a Primitive Hobbit Hut

Building a Primitive Hobbit Hut

At first glance, we thought we were watching another video by Primitive Technology, but this hobbit-style hut was constructed by competing YouTube channel Primitive Survival Tool, using found wood, straw, mud, and grass on its triple-arched roof. Bonus points for the ASMR.

LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty

LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty

The LEGO Architecture 21042 Statue of Liberty depicts America’s iconic statue along with its intricate pedestal. The statue includes the golden torch, crown and tablet. The set consists of over 1,685 LEGO pieces. Drops 6/1/18, in plenty of time for Independence Day.

Acme Scale Pen

Acme Scale Pen

Acme Studio’s ballpoint pen is the perfect addition to any architect, contractor, or designer’s toolbox. It got an ergonomic, roll-proof triangular design, and rulers in various drawing scales, ranging from 1/2 to 1/500. Available in silver, black, or pink.

Nanoblock Cities

Nanoblock Cities

For those of you unfamiliar with Nanoblocks, they’re teensy LEGO-style building blocks. We really love these sets, which feature mini cityscapes of New York and London. The also have architectural models of the Taj Mahal, Himeji Castle, and the Vatican, among others.

Brikawood Building Blocks

Brikawood Building Blocks

Brikawood building blocks allow for the construction of wood homes without the use of power tools, screws, or nails. Other than the base structure and roof, the walls of a Brikawood house simply slide together using notched wooden blocks and a mallet.

Ecocapsule Micro Home

Ecocapsule Micro Home

The Ecocapsule is a tiny, egg-shaped fiberglass home that crams living, cooking, working, storage, and bathroom areas into a 68 square foot space. It operates off of wind and solar power, captures and recycles rain water, and is completely self-contained.

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