The BEST episodes of Build it Bigger

Every episode of Build it Bigger ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Build it Bigger!

Architect Danny Forster takes you inside some of the most head-scratching builds in the world. Join Danny as he meets the men and women tackling the unique challenges of constructing the tallest buildings, the most effective military tanks, the largest luxury cruise ships, and the most extreme thrill rides. How do you build a 3,113-foot-long wooden roller coaster in winter temperatures of minus 40 degrees? Or get your workers safely to and from a worksite on a skyscraper that's 1,614 feet above street level? Or dig a water tunnel - along the San Adreas Fault and 1,000 feet below the earth's surface - without it collapsing on itself ... or flooding? Our intrepid host answers these puzzles and more. Don't miss the big stories behind these even bigger engineering marvels.

Last Updated: 1/16/2023Network:Discovery
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Constructing Serbia's Largest Bridge
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#1 - Constructing Serbia's Largest Bridge

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 6/18/2011

Danny Forster joins crews as they construct Serbia's newest national icon. The Sava River Bridge in Belgrade will be the world's largest single pylon cable stayed bridge and improve a critical freight corridor connecting central Europe to the East.

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Boot Camp
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1 votes

#2 - Boot Camp

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/14/2007

In this episode Danny goes to construction boot camp.

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Amsterdam's Futuristic Floating City
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9.00
2 votes

#3 - Amsterdam's Futuristic Floating City

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 6/25/2011

The Netherlands is running out of land. Nearly 70% of its land, which comprises half its population lies beneath sea level. Rather than fight back the sea, engineers are radically making it an ally, using it to create real estate where none exists.

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Port of Rotterdam
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#4 - Port of Rotterdam

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/17/2010

The Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands is the largest in the entire Western Hemisphere. Located less than 24 hours by road or rail from every EU capitol, it has for decades been the heartbeat of the European Union, and a cornerstone of the entire world's economy. But now, that cornerstone is in danger of collapse. With 90% of products today shipped by container, Rotterdam's container terminals are nearing capacity, threatening to become a trade bottleneck that could cripple a continent already devastated by recession. To make sure this doesn't happen, the Port of Rotterdam has launched the Maasvlakte 2 Project — an ambitious $4 billion plan to triple the port's container capacity by 2013. But in a country with literally nowhere else to build, that means undertaking the biggest land reclamation project in history, turning 8 square miles of the stormy North Sea into Europe's new gateway to the world. And it's much more than just earth-moving. To keep the port running 24-7, they're building 3 new power plants, and to house the army of workers servicing Europe's largest construction project, they are building the biggest hotel in the Netherlands — entirely from recycled shipping containers. To plan for the future, everything at the Maasvlakte 2 will be super-sized to accommodate the mammoth container ships of the future. Upon completion, it will be the most valuable port facility ever, providing the largest ships in the world direct connection to Europe's industrial heartland. Build it Bigger has unprecedented access to all aspects of this amazing project, as engineers literally reshape the Dutch coast, all while keeping one of the world's busiest ports up and running.

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Abu Dhabi Central Market
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#5 - Abu Dhabi Central Market

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/10/2010

Abu Dhabi City is building, and building BIG. They're hard at work on an incredible $300 billion plan to grow as quickly as possible. But they want to do it while protecting the city's culture, heritage, and natural environment. The centerpiece of this plan towers over the heart of the city: Aldar's appropriately-named Central Market. A 12-acre urban oasis filling 4 blocks, Central Market is a self-sustainable community for the modern ages, designed with a uniquely Arab point of view. Centered around the tallest residential tower on Earth, Central Market will be the first facility in the world that will take care of every spiritual, material, and relaxation need a person could have. It will also feature one of the world's tallest office towers, entertainment facilities for all ages, sky-high playgrounds for children, high-end shops, Edenesque gardens, hotels, as well as a reinvention of a traditional Arabian Souq — complete with a large mosque and vast outdoor market space filled with traditional Arabian goods.

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Melbourne Stadium
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#6 - Melbourne Stadium

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/20/2010

The Victorian government has invested nearly $270 million to create one of the most innovative stadiums ever built — the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium. Melbourne wanted their new stadium to be the crown jewel of their sports district — an icon for the entire city — so they've commissioned the most structurally innovative arena in the southern hemisphere. The stadium will be a living, breathing work of art on the outside, and the ultimate athlete and spectator experience on the inside.

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Building a Better New Orleans
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2 votes

#7 - Building a Better New Orleans

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/22/2010

Five years after hurricane Katrina, New Orleans is reinventing hurricane protection, with the largest public works project in U.S. history. The centerpiece of the project — a massive 2-mile long, 26-foot high storm surge barrier — is designed to defend against the fiercest storms on earth. Brad Pitt's Make it Right foundation is also pitching in to help rebuild, constructing 150 of the most hurricane resistant homes in the world, in New Orleans' most devastated neighborhood. But with hurricane season looming, engineers have just 18 months to protect the Big Easy before the next hurricane hits.

Peru Dam & Tunnel
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28 votes

#8 - Peru Dam & Tunnel

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/18/2009

One of the deepest tunnels ever attempted will break through the Andes to bring water to drought-ridden farms in western Peru. Join host Danny Forster as he visits remote Olmos to learn how this project will dramatically impact this country's future.

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High-Risk Tower
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3 votes

#9 - High-Risk Tower

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/19/2007

Danny travel to Chicago to help build Donald Trump\'s new tower. Danny will help build the 30th floor of this skyscraper.

Megatunnel
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#10 - Megatunnel

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/8/2006

Danny travels to Kuala Lumpur to the site of a massive tunneling project. In order to ease flooding issues the Malayan government chose to build a tunnel beneath the city to divert floodwater. The tunnel will be split into two layers, with one being used as a toll-road to ease congestion on the roads of the city.

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Panama Canal
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3 votes

#11 - Panama Canal

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 5/18/2009

Once the largest and most expensive engineering project the world had ever seen, the Panama Canal is in danger of becoming obsolete. Join host Danny Forster as he explores the new, $5.25 Billion expansion project.

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Biggest Casino
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2 votes

#12 - Biggest Casino

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/12/2007

Danny travels to Las Vegas, NV to the construction site of Palazzo, the newest hotel and casino to hit the strip.

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Turkey's Mammoth Hydropower Dam
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4 votes

#13 - Turkey's Mammoth Hydropower Dam

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/9/2011

Crews are now carving out the Turkey's largest construction site in the country's most challenging terrain by building one of the tallest and strongest dams ever made.

Azerbaijan's Amazing Transformation
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8.25
4 votes

#14 - Azerbaijan's Amazing Transformation

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/22/2011

After decades of Soviet occupation, Azerbaijan is reinventing itself. With a $6 billion a year renovation and over 500 new developments, Danny Forster goes behind the scenes of Baku's construction projects: the Flame Towers and Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center.

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Singapore Sky Park
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29 votes

#15 - Singapore Sky Park

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/8/2010

Danny Forster takes us to Singapore, where the tiny island nation is doing something that's never been done before — building the first ever Skypark. A modern version of the hanging gardens of Babylon, this 7000-ton urban oasis will hang 650 feet in the air on top of 3 soaring skyscrapers.

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Gotthard Base Tunnel
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#16 - Gotthard Base Tunnel

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/30/2010

Welcome to the world's longest worksite —thirty- five miles long. Right now, Switzerland's government is spending $18 billion to revolutionize European transit, using the world's largest Tunnel Boring Machine to build the longest tunnel in history — the Gotthard Base Tunnel. Connecting from Southern Germany to Northern Italy, the GBT will circumvent the winding mountain passes that serve as the current transit system, getting people and goods across the Alps up to 3 times faster, and safer than ever before.

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Deepest Tunnel
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8.00
2 votes

#17 - Deepest Tunnel

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/10/2007

Danny travels to Istanbul, Turkey, to help with a tunnel under water.

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Hong Kong Bridge
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8.00
29 votes

#18 - Hong Kong Bridge

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/27/2009

Host Danny Forster heads to China's south coast to climb atop the nearly completed Stonecutters Bridge in Hong Kong. This $343 million dollar engineering marvel has a 3,340-foot main span, making it the world's 2nd longest cable-stayed bridge

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City Center Las Vegas
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3 votes

#19 - City Center Las Vegas

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 4/21/2009

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Hurricane-Proof Homes
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28 votes

#20 - Hurricane-Proof Homes

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/28/2007

Danny explores how heavy-duty modular homes are made from the beginning to the end.

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Fault Zone Tunnel
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#21 - Fault Zone Tunnel

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/21/2007

Danny goes to Southern California to assist in the drilling of water supply tunnels. He goes 1000 feet under a mountain range to help with the construction.

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World's Tallest Skyscraper
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#22 - World's Tallest Skyscraper

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 7/24/2007

Danny travels to the building site of the Shanghai World Financial Center, soon to be the world's tallest skyscraper, to help with the construction.

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Space Tower
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8.00
57 votes

#23 - Space Tower

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/12/2006

Danny travels to Spain for the site of the Torre del Espacio or Space Tower.

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Big Easy Rebuild
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8.00
28 votes

#24 - Big Easy Rebuild

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 7/5/2006

Danny travels to New Orleans, LA to assist in rebuilding levees damaged during Hurricane Katrina.

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Dallas Cowboys Stadium
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#25 - Dallas Cowboys Stadium

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 4/20/2009

Behold the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium. 3 million square feet. 73 acres. Costing over $1.1 billion dollars. Room for 100,000 fans. Join host Danny Forster as we explore the largest football stadium ever constructed in the United States.

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