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Awesome Architecture

Sweden’s Wood Hotel

Sweden’s Wood Hotel

Standing 20 stories tall, The Wood Hotel is the world’s tallest hotel mainly made from wood. Located at the birthplace of cross-country skiing, Skellefteå in Swedish Lapland, the 205-room property was built from locally harvested spruce and pine which smells awesome and absorbs more CO2 than it uses.

LEGO Icons Eiffel Tower

LEGO Icons Eiffel Tower
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Standing 59″ tall, the LEGO Icons model of the Eiffel Tower is the tallest official LEGO kit yet. The 10,001-piece building kit will keep you occupied for days as you assemble the iconic Parisian structure. Like the original, it comes together in four main sections and rises above a esplanade with tiny trees, benches, and shrubs.

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NYC Skyline Chess Set

NYC Skyline Chess Set
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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.

House of a Thousand Knots

House of a Thousand Knots

This fascinating video from the Institute of Nomadic Architecture takes us to a Kenyan village, where the women come together to build a shelter for the community. These domed structures are made by twisting and knotting found materials like tree trunks, palm fronds, dry grasses, vines, and other organic fibers.

Flea’s House for Sale

Flea’s House for Sale

If you’re a fan of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and have $8.8 million burning a hole in your pocket, today’s your lucky day. Flea is selling his unique mansion in the hills outside of LA. The 5.7-acre compound has three structures, each in different but harmonious styles. Architectural Digest takes us inside this dramatic home.

Building Babylon in Minecraft

Building Babylon in Minecraft

With enough time and creativity, you can create incredible structures in Minecraft. German builder Timtenth shows off his largest project to date with time-lapse footage of the process. It took him 1000 hours to assemble this awe-inspiring digital Babylon. Stick around to the end for a fly-through of the finished environment.

A-Frame Tiny Tree House

A-Frame Tiny Tree House

Exploring Alternatives takes us on a tour of one of the coolest tiny houses we’ve ever seen. Created by Repère Boréal, the Uhu is a 200-sq.ft. steel home that floats 40 feet in the air. After ascending a spiral staircase, occupants cross a bridge in the trees to enter the 1-bedroom home. Inside, it has a kitchen, bathroom, and a desk.

WOLOLOW Futuro House Lamp

WOLOLOW Futuro House Lamp

Architecture and design nerds will recognize the shape of this lamp as the Futuro House by Matti Suuronen. This 1:32-scale version of the UFO-shaped home serves as an art piece and an ambient light. It comes in several lovely colors as well as a slick chrome-coated version, and a special yellow and blue Ukraine edition.

Yellow Submarine Tiny House

Yellow Submarine Tiny House

We’re pretty sure The Beatles envisioned a much larger ship when they proclaimed “We all live in a yellow submarine.” But as Living Big in a Tiny House shows us, you don’t even need to live beneath the waves to dwell in such a golden vessel. If you happen to be visiting New Zealand, you can even stay there.

Michael Graves’ Pencil Set

Michael Graves’ Pencil Set
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This pencil set from the firm of legendary architect Michael Graves contains 24 colored pencils in his sophisticated palette. Graves’ minimal aesthetic is everywhere, from the essay on color usage in the design process to the die-cut sleeve’s grid of squares — a nod to Graves’ characteristic window pattern.

The Twist Bridge

The Twist Bridge

This unique bridge connects two districts in The Netherlands. Designed by West 8 and fabricated by HCG, the helical truss structure was fabricated from 400 steel tubes which twist a full 90 degrees from one end of the bridge to the other. It was originally painted red, but its current, more natural state also looks very cool.

Quite Lite Quick Cabin

Quite Lite Quick Cabin
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This innovative shelter system lets you set up a 10×10 foot cabin using nothing more than a screw gun. Its lightweight panels keep the elements out and feature vented shatterproof acrylic windows. Its roof structure is made from aluminum covered in a 3-layer insulated vinyl to keep its interior dry and comfortable.

The House in a Chainmail Box

The House in a Chainmail Box

Located in Scotland, The Hill House was created by architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Unfortunately, the damp climate has been unkind to the home’s experimental construction. Tom Scott shows us how conservationists are working to save the house by surrounding it with a box made from 34 million chain links.

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No-Nails Survival Shelter

No-Nails Survival Shelter

We may take the roof over our head for granted these days, but in the 18th century, families venturing into the interior of North America had to build their own shelters to survive the elements as they headed westward. Frontier lifestyle expert Jon Townsend shows us how they might have constructed a shelter without any nails.

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.

Inside an Abandoned Mega Mansion

Inside an Abandoned Mega Mansion

The 65,000 square foot Peter Grant Mansion sits along the lakefront in Haileybury, Ontario, Canada. The enormous, custom-built home was never completed after a financial collapse in 2008. Bright Sun Films takes us on a tour of the now-abandoned monument to excess.

Building a Mini Concrete House

Building a Mini Concrete House

OUROBOROS ARQ loves to make miniature models of buildings and other structures using realistic construction materials. In this video, they show us how they built a modern multi-level house with concrete walls, brick details, a wooden staircase, and built-in lighting.

Rotating Brick Facade

Rotating Brick Facade

Architect Farhad Mirzaie and A.P.P Architects & Associates created a unique facade for a building that incorporates thousands of bricks that can rotate. Located in Arak, Iran, the Revolving Bricks Serai allows light into the office building while also preserving privacy and helping to reduce glare and heat.

Building with Hemp Bricks

Building with Hemp Bricks

Just BioFiber makes sustainable building materials from hemp plants, lime, and a biocomposite frame. The bricks stack like giant LEGO blocks up to 30 feet high, are as strong as concrete, and are self-insulating. Exploring Alternatives met with BioFiber President Terry Radford for a look at this innovative construction material.

World’s Tallest Buildings Compared

World’s Tallest Buildings Compared

In 1971, the 1,250 foot-tall Empire State Building was the tallest building on Earth. Today, the Burj Khalifa, is more than twice that height, at 2,717 feet. MetaBallStudios offers up a visual comparison of the tallest skyscrapers along with some planned and conceptual future projects which could tower over the Burj.

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Anthénea Floating Pod

Anthénea Floating Pod

The Anthénea offers the ultimate getaway. The solar-powered pod floats on water, offering 360º views both above and below the surface. Its interior is decked out with luxurious fixtures and finishes, along with smart home technology. While it’s meant mostly as a hotel room, you can buy one for yourself if money is no object.

Autonomous WorkPod

Autonomous WorkPod

The Zen Work Pod provides a soundproof space that’s perfect for getting away from the kids while you work. It’s made from wood, aluminum, and tempered glass, and comes with shelving, a SmartDesk Connect, a ErgoChair Pro+, and more. Assembly takes just a day. It’s currently on sale for $21,000, including free US shipping.

The Hill of the Buddha

The Hill of the Buddha

For two decades, a statue of Buddha sat alone at the Makomanai Takino Cemetery in Sapporo, Japan. More recently, architect Tadao Ando built a man-made covering all but the top of the statue’s head, hiding the rest of the religious icon inside an observation gallery beneath a lavender-covered hill.

Dominoes + Kapla Mega Structure

Dominoes + Kapla Mega Structure

It took five builders three days to set up this enormous structure from Kapla wood planks, popsicle sticks, and dominoes – and under 2 minutes to knock it over. Kapla construction expert Crouzier Benjamin shared this satisfying footage of it being toppled – with a momentary pause at 0:54, and a satisfying cloud of dust at the end.

World’s Steepest Funicular

World’s Steepest Funicular

Take a ride on what is now the steepest funicular railway, a marvel of engineering which carries passengers up a mountain in Stoos, Switzerland at a crazy 110% gradient. It lifts more than 89,000 pounds nearly 2500 feet in altitude along its 1.07-mile route.

6 Shipping Container AirBNB

6 Shipping Container AirBNB

Shipping containers are sometimes used to build tiny homes, but this unique home is anything but small. Levi Kelly takes us on a tour of the Woodside Container home, a spacious modern home built from six shipping containers. Located in Millersburg, Ohio, the 2 bedroom / 2 bath home is available to rent on AirBNB.

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