5 Interesting Facts From the History of Construction

5 Interesting Facts From the History of Construction

Construction is more than just the techniques involved in erecting structures, it involves history, trends, material development and motivation amongst other factors. Some structures have exciting stories behind their construction.

There is a saying that if you do not mind history, you won’t make history.

So let’s take you through some of the interesting facts from the history of construction:

  1. In the 1920s all over Newyork city, the construction of tall buildings was the trend to the extent that it became a sort of competition. Two architects were in a heated competition – William Van Alen (known for the Chrysler building) and architect H. Craig Severance (who was in charge of the 40 Wall Street building) – to see who could build the tallest building. Van Alen to ensure his building ended up being taller made secret plans to add a 185- foot spire to the top of his building at the conclusion of its construction. This addition gave the Chrysler building the record of the Tallest building in the world for 11 months.

The Chrysler Building vs The 40 Wall Street


  1. Around 1610, a bridge called the Bridge of Eggs was built in Lima Peru (a city located in the central coast, along the Pacific Ocean). It was made of mortar that was not mixed with water but with the whites of 10,000 eggs. The bridge still stands today.

Bridge of Eggs

  1. Guedelon Castle is a medieval castle in the 21st Century. In France, a group of enthusiasts began building a castle in 1997, only using the tools, materials, and techniques that were available in the 13th century (800 years ago). This project is yet to be completed and is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Guedelon Castle

  1. In 1983, hundreds of workers broke the world record by building a 3 bedroom home in 3 hours. It was later sold to buyers who were ignorant about the home’s origin. The home was said to be terrible as it had burst pipes, bad roof, spoilt doors and horrible drainages.


  1. Japanese farmers after removing the outer covering of rice crops and sorting out the white kernels, they take the peel from the leftover rice, mix them into a kind of paste, mould the substance into bricked shaped blocks and build houses with them. These buildings are known in Japan as ‘‘houses of rice skin’’.

Japanese House of Rice Skin