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.
Coolest Thing introduces us to Bryan Berg, a professional card stacker who holds several Guinness World Records for his gigantic and complex 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
“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.