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What's the Biggest Rubik's Cube?


What’s the Biggest Rubik’s Cube?

Rubik’s cube is one of the most popular puzzle creations of the past four decades. It carries significance in many creative fields such as music and art. The invention continues to be an eye-catching puzzle everywhere around the globe, especially if the Rubik’s cube is not in its regular, well-known size. 

There are many Rubik’s Cubes that were built with the purpose – to break the records of the giant cubes. However, when it comes to the biggest Rubik’s cube, we have a couple – some you can buy and some you see built for world records. 

Let’s see who the inventors of these record-breaking cubes are!


Why is Gregoire Pfennig Rubik’s Cube so famous?

In 2017, Guinness World Records gave Gregoire Pfennig credit for creating the world’s biggest and probably most difficult Rubik’s cube due to its complexity. 

For those of you who don’t know, the weight of the world’s most difficult Rubik’s cube is more than 3 kg. This Rubik’s cube includes 6,153 parts that, from a first glance, look like sheets of paper. 

The Pfennig cube consists of 6,153 parts, with a 33×33 structure, and it weighs 3.15 kg. As a comparison, the traditional Rubik’s cube with a structure of 3×3 contains twenty-seven parts, and it is 5.7 centimeters long on each side. 

The Pfenning cube is equal to combining 1,331 3×3 cubes to create a fully functional 33×33 one. Grégoire dedicated his childhood to designing Rubik’s cubes, and he was only eight years old when he first became interested in Rubik’s cubes. 

The cube with a 33×33 structure broke the record previously set by Oskar van Deventer, with a 17×17 cube structure that includes 1,539 pieces. This process is more complex and challenging than the one created by CorenPuzzle, which included 2,691 pieces and had a 22×22 form.

In reality, the difficulty of these NxN cubes is not greater than those of the standard cubes. It just requires extra time because all the pieces need to fit well, and it takes more time and patience to finish it. In total, you need 6,534 stickers and 205 hours of work to design the cube. 

The Mystery of Kenneth Brandon Rubik’s Cube

Kenneth Brandon is another Rubik’s master, without whom this list would be trivial. Solving the Rubik’s Cube 17×17 is not an easy task. In 2015, Kenneth Brandon solved it in seven and a half hours. Nowadays, complex cubes are easy to find. The primary model was sold for $2,000, but today you can find and buy models on Amazon for $800. 

The Rubik’s Cube with a 33×33 structure may be produced in mass quantities in the future. Even though the process is complex, the method to solve it is pretty familiar to cubers. Seasoned cubers can solve it, and the most significant proof of that is the example with computers that can quickly solve giant Rubik cubes. Here is a piece of evidence where a cube is solved with 32,768 pieces by simulation. 

Who Broke Tony Fisher’s Rubik’s Cube Record?

Do you remember the Rubik’s cube designed by Tony Fisher? 

The cube is straightforward with a simple 3×3 structure, but when it comes to size, it is the largest cube around the globe due to its incredible length of two meters per face! It took 156 hours to build the Rubik’s cube in his garage. The creator published a video on his social media of the whole process, and he spent two days solving this massive puzzle.

Solving the Rubik’s Cube puzzle was always and will be such an entertaining and challenging process. The team that built the largest Rubik’s Cube, 2.503 m x 2.505 m x 2.502 m, was from NINA MALL, China, on 28 March 2021. The Rubik’s Cube was displayed in NINA MALL for a month in honor of breaking the Guinness World Record of Tony Fisher’s Rubik’s cube.  

Final Thoughts

Since the Rubik’s Cubes invention, people have been breaking endless world records connected to the cube. Looking at all these people who created incredible moments while making an effort to achieve the impossible gives others the inspiration to persevere and strive for their dreams!

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