Impossible Builds

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  • TV-PG
  • 2018
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (60)

Impossible Builds is a PBS series that takes viewers on a journey to explore some of the most unique and challenging architectural creations in the world. Hosted by actor Corey Johnson, the series features six episodes that each focus on a different project, from a cutting-edge underwater hotel to an awe-inspiring bridge that defies physics.

Throughout the series, viewers get an inside look at the incredible engineering and design that goes into each of these impossible builds. From the groundbreaking technology and materials used to the skilled workers who make it all possible, the show provides an in-depth exploration of what it takes to bring these ambitious projects to life.

The first episode, titled "The Scorpion Tower," takes us to the heart of Chongqing, China where construction is underway on an enormous skyscraper inspired by a scorpion's tail. The tower's unique design features two towers that spiral around each other and connect via a shared podium. As we watch the construction process unfold, we learn about the challenges that the team faces and the innovative solutions they come up with to overcome them.

In episode two, "The Floating House," viewers are transported to Vancouver, Canada to witness the construction of a stunning waterfront home that floats on a network of pontoons. With breathtaking views of the city and the natural beauty of the surrounding area, the floating house is a true marvel of modern architecture.

Episode three, "The Underwater Hotel," takes us to the tropical island nation of the Maldives, where a team of engineers and designers are building an incredible hotel that sits entirely underwater. With rooms that offer a 360-degree view of the surrounding ocean, this underwater hotel pushes the limits of what is possible and provides a unique and unforgettable experience for guests.

In episode four, "The Ultimate Roller Coaster," we travel to Orlando, Florida, where a team of engineers and designers are building a record-breaking roller coaster that reaches speeds of up to 150 miles per hour. As we watch the coaster take shape, we learn about the innovative technology that allows riders to experience zero gravity and feel weightless as they hurtle through the air.

Episode five, "The World's Tallest Residences," takes us to New York City, where we witness the construction of one of the most ambitious residential buildings in the world. Rising 1,500 feet into the sky, the building offers unparalleled views of the city and sets new records for height and luxury.

Finally, in episode six, "The Self-Driving Pod," we explore the future of transportation with a self-driving pod that is designed to revolutionize the way we travel. With cutting-edge technology and a sleek, futuristic design, this self-driving vehicle offers a glimpse into a world where commuting and travel are faster, safer, and more efficient than ever before.

Throughout the series, host Corey Johnson guides us through each project with enthusiasm and a deep appreciation for the incredible feats of engineering and design that are on display. With stunning visuals, informative interviews, and an action-packed narrative, Impossible Builds is a must-see series for anyone who is interested in architecture, engineering, and the incredible things that humans can achieve when we push the limits of what is possible.

Impossible Builds is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on February 7, 2018.

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Ice World
10. Ice World
October 13, 2021
Over the top, ambitious, and nature-defying, China's incredible Ice World will transform 37 acres of sub-tropical quarry into a sub-zero ski resort. The construction team will have to battle the worst nature can throw at them. But if they can pull it off, they'll make science fiction a reality.
The Skinny Skyscraper
9. The Skinny Skyscraper
October 6, 2021
Witness the construction of the skinniest skyscraper ever to make it off the drawing board on a plot barely bigger than a basketball court. Located in New York and rising from within the landmark Steinway Hall, the team will attempt to build 111 West 57th Street, the world's thinnest skyscraper, on the construction equivalent of a postage stamp to be one of the tallest in the city.
Amazing Beehive House
8. Amazing Beehive House
September 27, 2018
This episode follows a fear-less single mother pioneering a brand-new, beehive-inspired 'kit' home on her seriously steep plot in the picture-perfect Tamar Valley.
House for the Future
7. House for the Future
June 25, 2019
This episode follows a charismatic petrolhead attempting to build a pioneering, eco-home from a kit to house his ten classic cars.
Home Grown House
6. Home Grown House
January 9, 2019
Nature-loving Bill and Sukie move from their six-acre smallholding in the picturesque Scottish Borders, and take on the challenge of building a sustainable 'kit' home.
Ancient Woodland Home
5. Ancient Woodland Home
January 9, 2019
IT guru Steve and his wedding entrepreneur wife Sharon have to balance busy working lives with looking after their two kids, that is until a trip inspires them to setup their new lake-front home.
Highland Log Home
4. Highland Log Home
October 18, 2018
Scott, Lisa, and their 12-year-old son Archie jump from a rental home to constructing their spacious log house from scratch.
The Floating House
3. The Floating House
February 21, 2018
While some architects are looking up - others are looking down. Follow the build to make living beneath the waves into a reality as a team in Dubai attempts to construct a floating house combining the best of land and marine design. Will they achieve the impossible?
Europe in the Desert
2. Europe in the Desert
February 14, 2018
Can six sand islands, poking out of the Persian Gulf near Dubai, be transformed into the most luxurious holiday destination on earth? One man believes they can and he's risking tens of millions of dollars to prove it.
The Scorpion Tower
1. The Scorpion Tower
February 7, 2018
In Miami, follow the construction of one of the most complex skyscrapers ever to make it off the drawing board. Its design is so radical that it features its skeleton on the outside and construction experts have turned to a building material never before used in skyscrapers.
Where to Watch Impossible Builds
Impossible Builds is available for streaming on the PBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Impossible Builds on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Apple TV, PBS, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 7, 2018
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (60)