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The Rockhouse Retreat

The Rockhouse Retreat

Businessman Angelo Mastropietro was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, and it led to him being paralyzed for a brief time. His condition led him to do a bit of soul-searching. He ended up almost single-handedly turning a 700-year-old cave into a home.

Dolní Morava Sky Walk

Dolní Morava Sky Walk

The Sky Walk is a 180ft-tall winding footpath. Located nearly 3700ft. above sea level at the Dolní Morava resort in the Czech Republic, it offers a breathtaking view of the Morava river valley. If you don’t want to walk back down, you can take its 330ft.-long slide.

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Inception Coffee Table

Inception Coffee Table
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Designer Stelios Mousarris created this awe-inspiring coffee table of a city that bends over itself after seeing the movie Inception. It was built using wood, steel and 3D printing. Our biggest concern: The price? Nah. Keeping it free of dust bunnies.

Genius Loci

Genius Loci
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Anastasia Savinova’s Genius Loci is a series of surreal architectural photo collages. Each piece is a single structure made of buildings and landscapes from the same city or country in an attempt to capture the location’s spirit or atmosphere.

The Underground Town

The Underground Town

We’ve seen a floating city and a condominium city. Here’s an underground town. The South Australian mining town Coober Pedy has about 1,500 residents living in underground homes aka dugouts to escape the scorching daytime heat on the surface.

LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection

LEGO Architecture Skyline Collection
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LEGO has many building models in its Architecture sub-brand, but its upcoming Skyline collection will let you assemble up to five of a city’s popular structures per set. The first three sets are for New York, Berlin and Venice. Drops 1/1/16.

Living in an Airplane

Living in an Airplane

Since 1999, engineer Bruce Campbell has been converting a Boeing 727 into his home. He believes that instead of scrapping retired planes or leaving them in boneyards to rot, we’d be better off turning them into houses or even lifeboats for tsunami risk zones.

Meet the Earthship

Meet the Earthship

Filmmakers Flora Lichtman and Katherine Wells look a look at a 100% off-grid community outside of Taos, New Mexico founded by architect Michael Reynolds. What makes these sustainable, solar structures unique is that they’re built from garbage like tires and cans.

Caravana Car Vending Machine

Caravana Car Vending Machine

Just opened in Nashville, Tenneseee, the Carvana vending machine allows car buyers to complete their car purchases online, then deposit a giant coin into a slot to receive their vehicle from a mechanized parking garage. It’s a silly idea, but also awesome.

Molecule: Wayne Residence

Molecule: Wayne Residence

Architecture firm Molecule used The Dark Knight as inspiration in adding a 12-car basement garage to a 1929 house. The old house’s modern garage is accessible through a secret entrance that lifts up from part of the adjacent tennis court. (Thanks Chris!)

Hotel Okura Tokyo: End of an Era

Hotel Okura Tokyo: End of an Era

Since it opened in 1962 the main wing of Hotel Okura’s Tokyo branch has largely remained the same, and as such stands as a living relic of modernist Japanese art. Sadly, the building will be demolished this month. More at Monocle.

Glass-Bottomed Pool Bridge

Glass-Bottomed Pool Bridge

London, England’s Embassy Gardens housing development will be home to this 90 foot-long, 8 inch-thick glass swimming pool which will span two of the complexes 10-story apartment buildings, floating 115 feet off the ground.

ESCAPE Traveler

ESCAPE Traveler
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From the makers of the ESCAPE portable home comes one of the coziest RVs you’ll ever see. The Traveler has a cedar, glass and steel exterior and comes with a 30″ fridge, thermostat, water heater, and lots of possible add-ons.

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KantoorKaravaan

KantoorKaravaan

Workers can take advantage of these mobile workspaces outside of Amsterdam, which use converted old trailers to create impromptu offices in the Dutch countryside, complete with Wi-Fi, coffee makers and compost toilets.

NOEM Spaceship Home

NOEM Spaceship Home

NOEM made the Spaceship Home for a customer who wanted to enjoy the great view of their lot in Madrid, Spain. Aside from its Space Age exterior, the first thing you see when you open its front door is its retro sci-fi home automation controls.

Mountainside Sleeping Capsules

Mountainside Sleeping Capsules

Natura Vive provides the ultimate lodgings for adventurers, with its Skylodge suites. These transparent luxury rooms hang from a Peruvian mountainside, and can only be reached by a 1300 ft. climb or a lengthy hike and zipline trail.

Glass-Bottomed Bridge

Glass-Bottomed Bridge

Architects Haim Dotan designed this awe-inspiring bridge to float 984ft. above China’s Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon, offering up to 800 pedestrians incredible thrills as they look straight down to the bottom. Opens 10/2015.

One WTC 11-Year Timelapse

One WTC 11-Year Timelapse

EarthCam presents one of the longest time spanning time-lapses you’ll ever see. Watch One World Trade Center’s 11-year construction – from October 2004 to May 2015 – in under 2 minutes.

The Organized LEGO Basement

The Organized LEGO Basement

Architect Jeffrey Pelletier talks to Houzz about his remodeled basement, where he stores about 250,000 LEGO pieces. The toys are organized by type or color on hundreds of bins and drawers mounted on custom made shelves.

Groundfridge

Groundfridge

Weltevree’s Groundfridge is a small prefabricated root cellar. Instead of building a traditional shed, just bury the Groundfridge in about 3ft. of soil and its storage area will stay at 50ºF to 54ºF all year round.

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Kinetic Motion Doors

Kinetic Motion Doors

Austrian artist Klemens Torggler creates these amazing doors which open and close by rotating two panels around pivot points, and need no tracks to operate. We want all of our walls made out of these things.

A Snowboarder’s Tiny House

A Snowboarder’s Tiny House

Snowboarder Mike Basich has fully embraced the outdoor lifestyle, and now lives in a tiny 225 square foot organic structure he built from stone and wood in the middle of his 40-acre property. Naturally, there’s plenty of snow outside.

A Skyscraper in 19 Days

A Skyscraper in 19 Days

By using prefab modules, a Chinese construction company completed a 57-story skyscraper in just 19 days, sometimes at a rate of three floors per day. Their reduced use of concrete means it’s more eco-friendly as well. Time-lapse at 1:53.

Ittyblox

Ittyblox
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Build tiny, intricate urban landscapes with these full-color 3D printed blocks, inspired by architecture from major cities around the world. They snap into a special baseplate which can even house LED illumination for their windows.

The Cat-friendly House

The Cat-friendly House

Peter Cohen’s house came with feral cats who got hurt because they stayed outdoors. So he made sure that the cats would want to stay inside. He built cat walkways, tunnels and even ventilated litter boxes. He now has 15 happy rescue cats.

House with Rotating Rooms

House with Rotating Rooms

Designed by Alireza Taghaboni, the Sharifi-ha House in Tehran, Iran has three rotating bedrooms. They can face outwards to give residents a view of the city or inwards for warmth and privacy. More at Arch Daily.

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