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Ark Two

You know what they say...it's better to be safe than sorry, and that's the motto that Bruce Beach lives by. He's created an underground nuclear bunker in the quiet Canadian village of Horning's Mills, 100 km north of Toronto. Called "The Ark Two," the bunker spans 10,000-square-feet and consists of 42 old school buses covered in concrete and buried under 14 feet under the ground. It was designed to accommodate 500 people for months and comes equipped with food supplies, a private well, full plumbing, redundant fuel generators, a dentist's chair, and even a daycare. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Skyli Trekking Cabin

When trying to conquer a snowy mountain, the last thing you'd expect to see if Skyli, an otherworldly geometric structure. Designed by architectural firm Utopia, it's covered in blue corrugated steel siding, and boasts four floor-to-ceiling windows, while having the capacity to house up to 15 trekkers. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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First Floating City

Photo credit: Bored Panda

It's only a matter of time before humans build actual floating cities, and this one, by Seasteading Institute, could be the first. "If you could have a floating city, it would essentially be a start-up country. We can create a huge diversity of governments for a huge diversity of people," said Joe Quirk, president of the Seasteading Institute. They would be just like their land-based counterparts, and include homes, hotels, offices, and restaurants. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tianjin Library

Designed by MVRDV and located at Binhai Cultural District in Tianjin, China, this five-story library, called "The Eye of Binhai," spans 34,000 square meters. It took 3-years to complete, can hold up to 1.2-million books, and features a reading area on the ground floor, complete with a giant sphere. There are also lounge areas in the middle sections, offices, meeting rooms, as well as computer / audio stations at the top levels. Continue reading for another video and more pictures.

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ARKUP Livable Yacht

There are ocean view high-rise apartments, mansions, and then ARKUP. These "Livable Yachts" are not just sheer luxury, as each structure is designed to withstand up to category 4 hurricanes. Featuring 2 floors, it offers a fully-featured kitchen, dining area, living room, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and a set of hydraulic lifts that can raise the yacht 40-feet to prevent flooding. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Minecraft Shipping Container Hotel Quadrum

Situated in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia, the Minecraft-inspired Quadrum hotel offers some breathtaking views. The entire five-story hotel is consists of previously unused shipping containers that are connected to land with a collection of steel posts. Despite how it may look, the interiors are cozy and modern. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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AUTOHAUS Car Home
Photo credit: Charles Davis Smith, Casey Woods, Perfecto Creative / Matt Fajkus Architecture

Matt Fajkus Architecture has completed AUTOHAUS, the perfect home for car enthusists, located in Austin, Texas. Featuring seemingly floating living quarters with an entire floor of dedicated workspace to let offer your vehicles maximum viewing room while still offering the utility of a carport. A staggered second floor offers views of the garage below from behind a glazed wall in the living area, while sliding glass doors extend this room out to the exterior terrace. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Underwater Restaurant Norway

When this Snohetta-designed structure opens in Norway during 2019, it will become Europe's first truly underwater restaurant. It will stand on the sea bed 5-meters beneath surface, thanks to thick walls that can withstand the most variable sea conditions. "One of the benefits of this building is how it links nature and land, and how you can come safe from the land and in a very dramatic way go down through this concrete tube to the nature at sea level, and experience what normally is not experienced," said Rune Grasdal, lead architect on the project. Continue reading for more pictures and a bonus video.

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Half-Tree House

Photo credit: Jacobs Chang

Designed by JacobsChang Arachiture and located in Upstate New York, the "Half-Tree House" is a perfect weekend getaway for those stuck in the concrete jungle that is NYC, or the setting for a science fiction thriller movie. This 360-square-foot living space features a minimalist geometric design with large windows all around to bathe the interior with natural light. Continue reading for more pictures, a bonus video, and additional information.

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Architect Cake

Photo credit: Dinara Kasko

Architectural designer and pastry chef Dinara Kasko from Ukraine combines baking with geometric figures and architectural designs using graphical algorithm editor Grasshopper and a 3D printer. The cake above was inspired by the works of artist and engineer Matthew Shlian, and consists of 81 uniquely-shaped cakes layered with meringue, ganache, berry confit, a crunchy biscuit, all covered with pink Ruby chocolate. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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