Botched building demolition creates real-world Katamari Damacy horror

This botched Turkish building demolition features an entire building rolling, Katamari style, through the streets of Cankiri.

Cankiri Turkey Demolition Gone Wrong


  1. That was false advertising. It didn’t roll “through” the streets and it certainly wasn’t a horror (thank god no one seemed to be hurt).

    Why would you gut out the side like that anyway?

  2. That has got to be the bravest/Stupidest way to undercut a building. I mean… how do you know when it’s going to actually let go?

  3. Alrighty, they should remodel it in place and let people move in. World’s first upside-down apartment building, they’ll be a tourist and design attraction, like the Weird Al of architecture.

  4. They should have put a Norwegian in the boiler room, and a pack of thermals upstairs. Masterful! Some days it’s great to be alive.

  5. When a friend forwarded this via Sky, and that was the first thing I thought of, that’s when I knew I’ve been reading boing boing way too much (yet not enough to spell “Katamari Damacy” right when I replied to my friend).

  6. Of course it wouldn’t be safe, but I would dearly love to explore the wreckage, walk around inside the upside-down building. Be a great setting for a horror flick.

  7. My thought was more Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle. She lived in an upside down house. I don’t get what’s so scary about it, but then again, I had no clue what Katamari Damacy was before I checked it out on Wikipedia 2 secons ago. Even after reading up on it, I still don’t get it.

  8. Building designer and contractor: 1000 points. Demolition experts: 0 points. Thats one tough chunk of brick and mortar.

  9. They took it down like they were chopping a tree, by undercutting one side. No professional building demolisher would do that. They blow out the supports evenly so that it collapses on itself. I assume the folks who did this were not expert demolision people.

  10. I agree with #2 anonymous. They seem to have chopped that building down like a tree. Timber!

    I’m not sure it was botched though. With the cuts that you can see at the start of the video, it really looks like they were planning this roll.

  11. I gotta say, as an avid fan of the Katamari games, that the entire thing was not Katamari-ish at all. I know you love the games, Cory, but just wanting and stating that something is like Katamari doesn’t make it so.

  12. Yeah, I kinda expected a building “rolling through the streets”, not just merely toppling on the street.

  13. But they didn’t get anything stuck to the building! The King of All Cosmos is totally going to ream them a new one when the level ends.

  14. Heh! Adding this to the list of construction hazards to watch for whilst in Turkey. See also: second-storey doors that exit to…nothing, giant f*cking holes in sidewalks, massive store signs held up by string, open manholes, roads going nowhere.

    For peepz in Turkey (and other censorhappy places) who have difficulty watching this due to the youtube ban:


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