Hobbyist Crouzier Benjamin loves to build complex structures using thousands of Kapla wooden planks. For this build, he took about 2 weeks assembling 20,000 of the beams, then watched it all fall in about 30 seconds. Check out his YouTube playlist for lots of other fun architectural collapses.
We weren’t familiar with Kapla blocks before seeing this video, but basically, they’re like longer, flatter Jenga planks for building complex constructions. This large tower and coliseum build took 3 people more than 2 days to build, using over 22000 planks – and it all comes down in seconds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Colin Furze wanted to see how deep he could dig on a beach, and figured he could go 10 feet without hitting water. So what’s an enterprising mad inventor to do? You build a beach hut with a basement. Keep an eye on Colin’s channel on 6/15 to see the finished build.
If cube-shaped magnetic building blocks aren’t your thing – perhaps some other Platonic solids will be. TRIDO’s self-aligning construction toys let you build all kinds of interesting structures and creatures using octahedrons, tetrahedrons, and half-tetrahedrons.
We’ve featured a number of Pawel “Sariel” Kmiec’s incredible LEGO Technic builds. Now learn from the best with this 424-page guide which takes you from basic building principles up through sturdy and complex mechanisms so you can make your own wonderful machines.
We can’t fathom the amount of work it took Frank Howarth to shoot this stop-motion video of a lawn chair crafting itself without a single carpenter. If it looks familiar, that’s because Frank’s bookcase and table saw posses the same magical properties. (Thanks Victor!)
Primitive Technology shows us how he created a complete, heated shelter using nothing more than rudimentary handmade tools, trees, strips of cane and mud. He even made his own roof tiles from clay, using a kiln he made with similar techniques. The total build took him 102 days.