The Architect’s Cube (also known as the Mirror Cube, the Bump Cube or the Mirror Blocks) is a highly addictive 3x3 puzzle that’s a variant of the infamous Rubik’s Cube. Apart from being a cool paper weight, it’s also a great shinny toy that helps you improve essential mental and physical skills like problem solving, concentration and motor skills.
The aim is to twist and turn the Architect’s Cube into a perfect cube. And we’re pretty sure you can do it! A basic knowledge of the Rubik’s Cube is helpful, but not mandatory.
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There are many many ways to solve this puzzling puzzle, but we suggest you try these following points first:
Take a look at each side of your scrambled cube. Look at the blocks, the dimensions, analyse them and estimate which piece should go where before you start playing.
Try to choose a face as the equivalent of the white side of the Rubik’s Cube. This is the side you’ll try to solve first. To do so, you need to pick the tallest centrepiece.
Familiarise yourself with the cube before you start going into algorithms. It’s important to get comfortable in twisting and turning and figure out the mechanism by playing with it. While doing that you can also come up with your own algorithms, which would be much stickier than anything you’d learn from a tutorial.
Playing with puzzles and other cognitive games like the Architect’s Cube has countless benefits to your physical body and mental skills, such as:
Improving problem solving skills
Improving finger dexterity and agility
Ability to focus
The joy of learning
The pleasure of problem solving
Improving hand-eye coordination
Learning to reframe problems objectively
Breaking problems into small tasks
Did you know that there are 43,252,003,274,489,856,000 ways to solve the Architect’s Cube? And you’re free to find your own. Here’s the beginner’s method for the Architect’s Cube solution:
Start by solving the central cross of each side. You have to remember that the centrepieces are the ones that are fixed, and you’ll want to match the legs of the cross to those.
Then go back to your “white side” and solve only this side. You shouldn’t need any algorithms for these two steps as they should come intuitively to you.
After one side is solved, go back and check if the centrepieces on the front, back, left and right sides still match the “white side”. If not, fix those.
To solve the second layer corners, you’ll need a specific algorithm. There are two options:
UP – RIGHT – UP REVERSE – RIGHT REVERSE – UP REVERSE – FRONT REVERSE – UP – FRONT
UP REVERSE – LEFT REVERSE – UP – LEFT – UP – FRONT – UP REVERSE – FRONT REVERSE
Try both and you’ll quickly figure out which one works for your solution.
Then move on to top cross. To swap two cross pieces diagonally, try this:
RIGHT – UP – RIGHT REVERSE – UP – RIGHT – UP – UP – RIGHT REVERSE – UP – UP
Now you should be left with top corner pieces only. This is the trickiest step of the solution, so with the beginner’s method, it’s impossible to give a recipe that would work for every single scenario. If you can’t figure this last move, you can always find the exact solution for your specific configuration.
And finally, you need to orient the corner pieces of the top layer. Most people mess up their cube at this stage, so pay extra attention. The algorithm goes:
RIGHT REVERSE – DOWN REVERSE – RIGHT – DOWN
Feel free to grab our FREE Architect’s Cube tutorial to learn how to solve the Architect’s Cube. We went into much length explaining each step in more detail including illustrations.