A Fun New Way To Build In Minecraft: 'Chunk Houses'

A Fun New Way To Build In Minecraft: 'Chunk Houses'

A few days ago, on the r/minecraft subreddit, redditor Spelunkding shared pictures of what they called a "chunk house". Since then, chunk houses have been popping up all over the place.

In case you're unaware, chunks in Minecraft are the building blocks of the world. Each world's surface is composed of an infinite number of chunks, and one chunk equates to an area of 16*16 blocks.

A Fun New Way To Build In Minecraft: 'Chunk Houses'

Above, you can see how the game identifies chunks -- each one gets its own number, basically. In the example, we're standing on one corner of the -3rd, -71st chunk in a fresh map.

A Fun New Way To Build In Minecraft: 'Chunk Houses'

So, a chunk house has you build on a 16-by-16 block plot of land. You can try to follow actual in-game chunk edges as you build, but really, any 16*16 block-sized land will do. As long as you don't go outside this boundary, of course.

A Fun New Way To Build In Minecraft: 'Chunk Houses'

Now, 16*16 blocks might seem limiting, but when you actually start building, you'll realise just how much space you actually have to work with.

A Fun New Way To Build In Minecraft: 'Chunk Houses'

Quite a lot, as it turns out! Plenty of room for creativity.

And the community has indeed been coming up with wildly different chunk houses. Up top is brickpanzer's chunk house which, as you can see on the interior shot below, is a lot bigger than it looks.

A Fun New Way To Build In Minecraft: 'Chunk Houses'

And here's Spelunkding's original chunk house:

A Fun New Way To Build In Minecraft: 'Chunk Houses'

Timmystwin built a whole chunk fortress:

A Fun New Way To Build In Minecraft: 'Chunk Houses'

And Fireninja312 built a whole chunk village:

A Fun New Way To Build In Minecraft: 'Chunk Houses'

Here's a rather fancy one from Stygma:

A Fun New Way To Build In Minecraft: 'Chunk Houses'

And finally, tomatotrucks' more utilitarian, medieval-style chunk house:

A Fun New Way To Build In Minecraft: 'Chunk Houses'

There's a lot more over at r/minecraft, so take a look there if you want. And if you end up building your own chunk house, make sure to share it in the comments below!


Comments

    Limitations are a great way to push creativity.

      Agreed. I find older games way more impressive and interesting to read about with how they had to find ways to work around what they were stuck working with. Whereas the seemingly limitless capabilities we have now... not so much.

    That first one looks like Kevin McCloud might have shown up during the building process with his cameras. Is Grand Designs Minecraft a thing?

    we have been doing this for years, it helps reduce lag and makes sure vital machines and loaded with the rest of the structure

    I have never played Minecraft, so this might be a stupid question, but what point is there in limiting your house to 16x16? or "chunk". And how is it a "fun new way" to build houses in a game that people have been playing for years?

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