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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.

LEGO Old Fishing Store

LEGO Old Fishing Store
$150  Buy Comment

One of the best kits to surface from the LEGO Ideas site isn’t a branded tie-in like most. Instead, it’s an awesomely detailed little sea shanty filled with nautical items. Designer Robert Bontenbal (aka RobenAnne) knocked it out of the park with this 2049 piece kit.

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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).

Ouroborus Infinite Skyscrapers

Ouroborus Infinite Skyscrapers

Artist Mister Mourao created this series of intricate pen and ink drawings on wood, each of which envisions a circular building that has no beginning or end. Most of the pieces have been sold, but you can still find a couple of the originals in his shop.

How to Build Higher

How to Build Higher

Real Engineering explores the architecture and technology which have allowed for the construction of such mega skyscrapers as the 2716 foot-tall Burj Khalifa and the 1761 foot-tall Taipei 101, and how they resist massive forces from wind vortexes.

Final Segment: One WTC

Final Segment: One WTC

The final (and highest) piece on the One World Trade Center building was recently installed and recorded in this inspiring, yet vertiginous video shot with a GoPro camera. It’s nine minutes-long, but the views are amazing.

One World Trade Center

One World Trade Center

A time-lapse look back at the last 7 years of construction of the new tower at One World Trade Center as it starts from nothing and just this week became the tallest building in New York.

Covers

Covers

Like the musical ones we enjoy, architect/designer Luis Urculo created his own Covers, a clever short film in which iconic monuments in architecture are reinvented as models with everyday objects.

Daniel Schmitt’s Lost Places

Daniel Schmitt’s Lost Places

The concept of photographing abandoned places isn’t unique, but German photographer Daniel Schmitt takes creepy to a whole new level with his choice of locations and effective lighting.

Ice Skating Shelters

Ice Skating Shelters

Patkau Architects created this group of temporary skating shelters huddled together by a skating trail along a frozen river in Winnipeg, which include a timber frame, plywood floor and seating inside.

The Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth is a huge one of a kind structure that’s a unique monument to Thai craftsmanship, handcarved and constructed entirely from teak wood, to be completed in 2025.

Singapore ArtScience Museum

Singapore ArtScience Museum

Next month, the Marina Bay Sands Casino and Resort in Singapore will be the proud home of the lotus flower-shaped, eco-conscious and world’s first ArtScience Museum, designed by Moshie Safadie.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal

Kaohsiung Port Terminal

Scheduled for construction in 2012 and expected to be in operation by 2014, the flowing, $85M Port and Cruise Service Center in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan will be designed by reiser + umemoto.

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The Louwman Collection

The Louwman Collection

Michael Graves’ steeply sloped, Dutch-style peaked roofs and dormers compliment the historic surroundings of the Louwman Collection, the National Automobile Museum of the Netherlands.

World Building of the Year

World Building of the Year

The 2010 World Architecture Festival has honored the ultra-linear MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, with the World Building of the Year title.

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas has two faces – one surreal, and one rigid, to represent the left and right hemispheres of the brain.

The Pompidou-Metz

The Pompidou-Metz

The glulam lattice structure of France’s Centre Pompidou-Metz twists to touch the floor at 6 points in a vortex of wood and metal. At night the building revels in the glow of its beautiful hexagonal design.

Colossal K Tower Demolition

Colossal K Tower Demolition

Pay your last respects to this defunct 450 foot-tall nuclear cooling tower located in South Carolina as it finally meets its maker thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

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