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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Turntable House

Turntable House

Tired of looking at the same view, day after day? Perhaps you should do what Vojin Kusic did, and build a house on top of a turntable. He constructed this unusual house in northern Bosnia so that his wife could always enjoy a different view. It can spin as slow as one rotation per 24 hours to a dizzying one rotation every 22 seconds.

Paris Micro Apartment

Paris Micro Apartment

Like most big cities, living in Paris, France can be very expensive. Architect Matthieu Torres and his girlfriend made the most of their 344 square foot apartment in the 20th arrondissement through the smart use of custom built-in furniture and the addition of skylights. Never Too Small takes us inside the tiny but efficient living space.

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The World’s Largest Sphere

The World’s Largest Sphere

Las Vegas is always trying to outdo itself, and the MSG Sphere looks to transform Sin City’s skyline again. The B1M showcases this 367 foot-tool structure, located behind The Venetian. Its main attractions will be a 17,000 seat theater with a wraparound LED screen, and an exterior covered with millions of LEDs. Opening is set for 2023.

Lumipod Circular Cabin

Lumipod Circular Cabin

The Lumipod offers a modern take on the cabin in the woods. The compact dwelling’s most notable feature is its curved glass picture windows which can be retracted into its walls, so its main space can transform from an indoor space to an outdoor one in seconds. It’s available in three sizes, ranging from 18m² to 42m².

China’s “Bending” Bridge

China’s “Bending” Bridge

The Ruyi Bridge is one of the most interesting bridge designs on the planet. Located in the Shenxianju Scenic Area in Taizhou, China, it features three connected arches – one that rises and two that dip. The two lower bridges are connected by a glass walkway which allows pedestrians to peer down to the forest 459 feet below.

LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty

LEGO Architecture Statue of Liberty
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Now that we’ve seen how the real Statue of Liberty was built, you can make your own tabletop version using 1685 LEGO bricks. 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.

Mr. Tiger’s Cave House

Mr. Tiger’s Cave House

Hailing from rural China, a man going by the nickname “Mr. Tiger” has been painstakingly digging into a mountainside to build a house. He used various hand and power tools to gradually chip away at the rock to create a small living space, which he hopes to expand over time. Follow his progress on YouTube or Ixigua.

The Brook Tiny House

The Brook Tiny House

We love seeing how creative architects and builders can get with small spaces. Never Too Small, shows us around a 291 square foot home in Australia that was created to offer big-city apartment style while being surrounded by a peaceful country setting. Its top section was designed to be collapsible for transport.

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