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Treehotel: The Cabin

Treehotel: The Cabin

Designed by MÃ¥rten & Gustav Cyrén, The Cabin is one of the five treetop rooms of the Treehotel in Harads, Sweden. It’s accessed via a footbridge from a hill to the top deck. More pics here.

Sea Underwater Restaurant

Sea Underwater Restaurant

At Anantara Kihavah Villas in the Maldives, Sea’s dining room is partially submerged in the ocean, offering incredible views of sea life. The rest of the resort doesn’t look to shabby, either.

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Pinball Machine Skate Park

Pinball Machine Skate Park

Built in just 17 days and costing nearly $500,000, this skate park in West Auckland, New Zealand looks like a huge pinball machine, complete with a scoreboard and a plunger launcher for skaters.

British Fortress Home

British Fortress Home

It wasn’t enough for Duncan Jackson to plan on building a Fortress House. He actually converted an old British defense tower into a home. The views make up for the constant threat of French invaders.

The Cube Project

The Cube Project

Designed to prove that you can live in a space just 3x3x3m with a carbon-neutral footprint, The Cube is a complete home, with a living, dining, kitchen, sleeping quarters and a (yuck) composting toilet.

The Automated Library

The Automated Library

The University of Chicago’s Mansueto Library houses up to 3.5 million books and periodicals in its underground robotic shelving system delivering books to readers in a minimal reading room.

The Metropol Parasol

The Metropol Parasol

Designed by Jurgen Mayer H. and located in Seville, Spain, it’s the world’s largest wooden structure. Its sweeping forms are captured in these photos by Fernando Alda and David Franck.

Transforming Apartment

Transforming Apartment

Christian Schallert made the most of his 254sqft apartment through extensive use of shelves and drawers. It may not be as complex as what this man did, but it’s still very creative and practical.

Ice Skating Shelters

Ice Skating Shelters

Patkau Architects created this group of temporary skating shelters huddled together by a skating trail along a frozen river in Winnipeg, which include a timber frame, plywood floor and seating inside.

Norwegian Architecture

Norwegian Architecture

The breathtaking views of Norway’s natural scenery don’t need much enhancement. Still, kudos to the Public Roads Administration for authorizing these amazing National Tourist Routes.

Spomenik (Book)

Spomenik (Book)

These World War II monuments built throughout Yugoslavia now stand neglected and forgotten. Photographer Jan Kempenaers captured these hollow symbols in his book Spomenik.

Subdivided Architectural Columns

Subdivided Architectural Columns

There is dynamic contrast to be found in architect Michael Hansmeyer’s Subdivided Column series, which features manipulated doric columns with beautiful, elaborate details. (Thanks Russell!)

Fortress House

Fortress House

Designed by KWK Promes, the Safe House can transform from a beautiful mansion into a closed off black box at the touch of a button. Its moveable walls can even confine people at the entrance.

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Where’s the Garage?

Where’s the Garage?

Parking is hard to find in San Francisco, and so is the 4-car garage that Beausoleil Architects managed to build for this historic Victorian apartment. Watch the video to find out where it is.

The Apartment Slide

The Apartment Slide

How can you not love this duo uof East Village apartments, conjoined by a metal slide – so occupants can quickly descend from the office above to the living area below. Up requires stairs.

(Iron Man’s) House for Sale

(Iron Man’s) House for Sale

$25M will get you the stunning (and somewhat familiar) 11,000 sf Razor house, with mind-boggling views. The only thing missing is a Tony Stark cut-out in the secret lab. (Thanks Sonic!)

Micro House

Micro House

Gabrijela Tumbas’ compact dwelling concept measures in at just 22 m2 (appx. 236 sq. ft.) It sleeps 4, has a lofted bedroom, kitchen, dining and living quarters, a convertible sofa, and a bathroom.

The Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth

The Sanctuary of Truth is a huge one of a kind structure that’s a unique monument to Thai craftsmanship, handcarved and constructed entirely from teak wood, to be completed in 2025.

Pixelated Ping Pong Pad

Pixelated Ping Pong Pad

A teeny 90 sf private hideaway for a partner in the Snarkitecture firm, Box/Box was completed in 2 months at a cost of less than $100/sf and features 25,000 ping pong balls as wallpaper. (Thanks Jon!)

Singapore ArtScience Museum

Singapore ArtScience Museum

Next month, the Marina Bay Sands Casino and Resort in Singapore will be the proud home of the lotus flower-shaped, eco-conscious and world’s first ArtScience Museum, designed by Moshie Safadie.

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Fire with Fire

Fire with Fire

Isabelle Hayeur’s Fire with Fire is a site-specific video project in Vancouver; the video loop piece simulates a fire in a building in Downtown Eastside, the city’s oldest and most run-down neighborhood.

Modern Day Ghost Town

Modern Day Ghost Town

The Kangbashi district in China has wonderful amenities and houses. But while it was designed to support a million people, it stands mostly empty, simply because people can’t afford to live there.

Kaohsiung Port Terminal

Kaohsiung Port Terminal

Scheduled for construction in 2012 and expected to be in operation by 2014, the flowing, $85M Port and Cruise Service Center in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan will be designed by reiser + umemoto.

The Louwman Collection

The Louwman Collection

Michael Graves’ steeply sloped, Dutch-style peaked roofs and dormers compliment the historic surroundings of the Louwman Collection, the National Automobile Museum of the Netherlands.

Time Lapse Hotel Build

Time Lapse Hotel Build

Getting it done in China: swift workers completed the main structural components of the Ark Hotel in just 46 hours, and finished the building enclosure in 90 hours; that equals 2 minutes in YouTube land.

World Building of the Year

World Building of the Year

The 2010 World Architecture Festival has honored the ultra-linear MAXXI, the National Museum of XXI Century Arts in Rome designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, with the World Building of the Year title.

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