Awesome Architecture

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.

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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.

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
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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.

Acme Scale Pen

Acme Scale Pen
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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
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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.

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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.

Stadium Renovation Time-lapse

Stadium Renovation Time-lapse

Footage captured in and around Qatar’s Khalifa Stadium, as it went through a 4-year renovation, including a new sculptural roof and many other upgrades. We love watching the shadows move across as time passes during the daytime, and the fog rolling in at night.

Frank Lloyd Wright Kirigami Models

Frank Lloyd Wright Kirigami Models
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The linear windows of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic structures are the perfect subject for Marc Hagan-Guirey’s book, which comes with 14 cut-and-fold models based on buildings from the Frederick C. Robie House to Taliesin West and the Johnson Wax building.

Luxury Car Vending Machine

Luxury Car Vending Machine

Singapore-based Autobahn Motors turned its showroom into a 15-story luxury car vending machine. Even though it’s more of a marketing and space-saving stunt, the delivery system actually works, and is controlled through a mobile app.

Ten Fold Self-Deploying Buildings

Ten Fold Self-Deploying Buildings

Ten Fold Engineering is working on pre-built structures that unfold within minutes on site, without the need for a foundation or even laborers. Their buildings are based on large levers that fold down to small volumes and unfold in a variety of ways.

Deeper Underground

Deeper Underground

If you’ve ever lived in a big city, you’ve probably spent a meaningful amount of time wandering underground tunnels on your way to or from subway trains. In Return’s engrossing short film takes us on a hypnotic ride through the public walkways of the London Underground.

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Shotgun Chameleon House

Shotgun Chameleon House

“Everything here has at least two purposes.” Architect Zui Ng designed and partially built his own home, intending to make a modern version of the shotgun house. He ended up saving a lot of money while maximizing his environment by carefully considering practically every part.

Facts About Unique Architecture

Facts About Unique Architecture

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.”

LEGO Guggenheim Museum

LEGO Guggenheim Museum
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A wonderful addition to the LEGO Architecture series, this 744-piece kit replicates the cylindrical structures of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, a true icon of New York modernist architecture. The finished model measures 7″(w) x 5″(d) x 4″(h).

Mini Concrete Homes

Mini Concrete Homes
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Mumbai-based MaterialImmaterial makes these awesome little cast concrete sculptures which resemble tiny, squared-off buildings. They’re available individually, or sold in a set of nine with a wooden display base.

Literal Skywalker

Literal Skywalker

This video of Max Miller walking in a see-through swimming pool is both awe-inspiring and terrifying. A plexiglass section of the swimming pool is cantilevered off the roof of Houston’s Market Square Tower 44 stories (appx. 500 feet) above ground level.

LEGO Game of Thrones Red Keep

LEGO Game of Thrones Red Keep

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.

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