Famous for his mesmerizing magnet build videos, aptly-named YouTube creator Magnetic Games is back with yet another giant magnetic project. This time around, he’s set his sights on one of New York’s most prominent skyline structures: the Empire State Building.
Built using at least 20,000 magnetic balls (according to his count), this towering magnetic skyscraper is about as realistic as you can get for a model made out of magnetic spheres. As for how he attempts to build this behemoth, the core foundation of the Empire State building features rectangular architecture, Magnetic Games stacks a bunch of balls to form various rectangular shapes and snaps the resulting subassemblies together.
Among other interesting build strategies he uses is “cutting” the balls using a plastic board to ensure the correct number of balls are used for each subassembly component. You may also notice that not all of the balls he uses have the same traditional silver metallic color. Since, technically, the only magnets that matter aesthetically are the ones you can see on the outside, he uses various colors on the interior to help discern what layer he is currently working on.
By adding layer upon layer to create the building’s various protrusions and controlling the polarity of the magnets by making the magnetic field vertical, he manages to finish his mostly rectangular build. In fact, the only circular part is the building’s antenna, which he completes by stringing some magnets together in a circular fashion and affixing a metal rod on top.
The Empire State Building might no longer be the tallest building in New York, but it’s still no less of an architectural icon worthy of just about any model build. You can find more of Magnetic Games’ magnet madness over on his YouTube channel.