From iconic museums to a bed and breakfast shaped like a dog, Mental Floss trivia master John Green welcomes us to the salon to school us on some truly strange and wonderful structures worth visiting around the globe. Also, we just love to say the word “googie.”
Beyond the Brick shows off Claus-Marc Hahn’s astounding model of the Red Keep from Game of Thrones. He used over 125,000 bricks, and a multiple EV3 servo motors to mechanize the build, so the whole thing turns, its towers move up and down, and their cupolas spin.
Joshua Smith makes incredibly detailed scale models based on real world buildings, streets or objects that capture the grit and grime of urban life. He recreates everything including the caked dirt on roofs and walls, fallen leaves and even bits of trash. (Photos: Andrew Beveridge)
Aluminum and brass desktop sculptures which celebrate landmarks around the globe. Creator Konstantin Kolesov says they’re meant as a modern take on travel souvenirs, but we think they’re cool even if you’ve never visited the locations. Each comes with a wood base.
EcoCapsule’s bubble-shaped off-grid living spaces contain a small bedroom, work area, kitchen, storage, and bathroom. Solar panels on the roof and an external windmill supply electricity, and its shape is designed to maximize rainwater capture. (Thanks Linda!)
LEGO presents three new city construction sets in its Architecture Series. Builders can now create models of iconic structures from Chicago, Illinois, Sydney, Australia, and London, England, including the Willis (Sears) Tower, the Sydney Opera House, and the London Eye ferris wheel.
Designed by nonprofit Architects for Society to provide rapid, dignified, sustainable housing for disaster relief and other humanitarian efforts, Hex Houses can be set up quickly and easily, and can be linked together to create to provide long-term communities for those in need.
Interactive design firm Eness developed these modular LUMES light-emitting wall panels. They can be veneered with various materials including fabric, acrylic, and even blended into wood walls. This particular piece is installed at Cabrini Hospital in Malvern, Australia.
Do you want sunlight streaming in your living room all day long? Do you hate the glare on your computer screen? What you need is a house like Jarle Hegerland’s, which was built in Norway on a giant turntable to control the light coming in – and the view out of the windows.
Visitors to China’s Stone Forest Gorge now have the opportunity to take a walk on this crazy 4400+ square foot cantilevered glass platform, which floats more than 1300 feet above the valley’s floor below. It looks a whole lot like the Starship Enterprise when viewed from above.
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.
Located in Hangzhou, China, and designed by XL-MUSE, Zhongshuge bookstore has walls and ceilings covered with mirrors to exapnd its space to depict an inventory of books that rivals the Library of Congress. The kids’ section is especially awesome. (Photos by Shao Feng)
Start out with a 360º ride through Switzerland’s Gothard Base Tunnel, then take a tour of the myriad platforms, elevators, and walkways that surround the 35.5 mile long tunnel that runs through the base of the Alps. The video is narrated in German, but it’s self-explanatory.
LEGO set 10253 features London’s world famous Elizabeth Tower, aka Big Ben. The set consists of 4,163 pieces, including an all-new printed clock face, the titular bell and lots of tan minifig statues. It also has a mechanism to turn the clock. Drops 7/1/16 for $250.