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Real Cave House

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, nor has this been Photoshopped, but rather it's a real house built directly into the side of a cave. Called the Cuevas Del Pino House by Ummo Estudio, it was originally used as a shelter for livestock watchmen on the slopes of Sierra Morena, but transformed into a comfortable living space with plenty of natural light, while retaining the original walls of the shelter, as well as swooping heavy stone ceilings and walls. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Translucent House

Located in Hiroshima, Japan, the House in Tousuienn boasts an open plan design covered in translucent polycarbonate that enables natural light to fill every corner. While not very large, the translucency makes it feels lighter while also allowing sunshine to permeate the interior. It spans three levels built within an area of 740 square foot. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Geodesic Nature Home

Living in the Arctic Circle can be brutal to say the least, but one family has been living on Norway's Sandhornoya island for the past 3-years. This was made possible by their three-story cob home, made from sand, water, clay, and other organic materials, encased in an solar-powered geodesic dome. This 25-foot-high structure provides the five-bedroom, two-bathroom home with protection from the elements, while offering a greenhouse environment to grow their own food. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Bahnof Data Center Pionen White Mountains

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Bahnof's - a Swedish ISP - main data center is located in central Stockholm, but what really sets "Pionen White Mountains" apart is that it's located 30 meters under the granite rocks of the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm. This was a former nuclear bunker during the Cold War, and it took more than two years to blast the 141,000 cubic feet of extra space required fit its backup generators and server racks into the caves. The entire data center spans roughly 1,200 square meters (12,900 square feet) and lighting was a major issue the team faced. Continue reading for more bizarre structures that actually exist. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Concrete Fortress

Located in the South Korean port city of Busan, this concrete fortress by architect Moon Hoon has four levels, and was designed to resemble a perched growling owl. Don't let its cold looks fool you, as this is actually a cozy modern home on the inside. Featuring a lounge, kitchen, dining area, an outdoor terrace as well as a communal family room and even commercial space on the bottom floor. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Cube Kube Concrete Home

The KUBE looks exactly like it sounds at first, a concrete cube, but step inside? You'll realize it's actually a minimalist, yet modern, home. Featuring an open studio apartment-like design, with a second story loft area for sleeping. During the day, massive windows near the dining area allow natural light to soak in, while providing stunning lake views. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an NYC driver that managed to hit 240 green lights in a row.

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Tiny Adventure Home

At first glance, it looks like a mobile climbing wall that mountaineers use for practice, but upon closer inspection, you'll see it's the "Tiny Adventure Home" by by Tiny Heirloom. It measures just 28-feet in length, but this mini living space boasts a full dining room, kitchentte, bathroom, a large window, as well as two loft areas, one for sleeping and the other for lounging. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a teaser for Bladerunner 2049, starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.

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Plugin House

If software hacks existed in the real world, they'd probably look something like Mrs. Fan's "Plugin House". Located in Beijing's Central Changchun Jie neighborhood, this modern living space replaces an existing dwelling, while adding modern touches such as a full kitchen, bathroom with off-grid composting, high ceilings, and plenty of windows to let the natural light soak in. There's even a rooftop deck for afternoon tea, or whatever social occasion may arise. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Camouflaged House

Photo credit: Sergio Pirrone

Located just on the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea, the minimalistic "Tilt Roof House" by BCHO architects is embedded directly into the steep slope around the site. The structure seamlessly blends in with the topography and minimized the need for excavation, thus enabling the space up top to be transformed into a giant terrace with three boxed sections: two that are recessed and one for the courtyard beneath. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Backyard Room

Let's face it, even for those who are fortunate enough to work from home, a change of scenery is always welcome. Introducing the "Backyard Room," a structure that can be configured in size anywhere from 5 to 23 square meters, and can be used as a small office, pool house, art / photography studio, or even a mini home in warmer weather. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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