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Zoku Micro Loft

Take a tiny 258-square-foot apartment, add a second story loft, and you have the Zoku Micro Loft. It's touted as a living space you can work in, and designed for global nomads who want a temporary living solution for 5-days and several months. Each micro living space includes a retractable staircase, hide-away storage areas, a loft sleeping space with king size bed, spacious shower and even a fully equipped kitchen. You'll soon be able to rent one of these lofts in the heart of Amsterdam's eastern Canal District. Continue reading for more pictures.

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ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Slide

The 376-foot tall ArcelorMittal Orbit, an observation tower designed by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond for the 2012 London Summer Olympics, will soon become the world's longest and tallest slide. Featuring a 591-foot long tube stretching from the tower's viewpoint all the way to the ground, the slide will extend 249-feet above the ground, spiraling around the tower five times before ending in a 164-foot deceleration run to the ground. Continue reading to see what the completed project will look like in 2016.

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Tree in Middle of House

Let's face it, humans have torn down countless trees to build houses, stores, etc., whether they be in a park or an empty lot. These architects hope to change that, and they began by incorporating the trees in with modern structures, such as the tree you see above. On a related note, did you know that each average-sized tree provides an estimated $7 savings in annual environmental benefits, including energy conservation and reduced pollution> Or, that a single tree produces approximately 260 pounds of oxygen per year? Continue reading for more examples.

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Floating City Manta Ray

Many already know 95% of the ocean has not yet been explored, but floating around on a futuristic city just might change that. Jacques Rougerie, an artist from France, has revealed a giant manta ray-inspired floating city measuring 3,000-feet by 1,600-feet. It can house approximately 7,000 researchers, professors, and students, complete with laboratories, classrooms, living quarters, as well as space for leisure activities. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Special Staircase Dogs Home

What happens when you take a normal staircase, add special railing, smaller steps, and a shallower incline? A staircase that's perfect for a dog's shorter legs. 07Beach, an architectural firm based in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, was asked to renovate a home for a dog-owning client, and this was the result. "I designed this so that your house could represent your affection for your wife and your two dogs, with the idea that this house will be like a gift to your family," said Joe Chikamori, the principal architect at 07Beach. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tiny Cabins Fantasy

Dan Pauly, a woodworking artisan, uses reclaimed wood to build cabins that appear to be straight from a fantasy film. It all started when Pauly's great-grandfather emigrated from Switzerland to the U.S. in the 1800s and began the artisanal craft of barn building. "As I uncover an old barn or shed. I realize that it could be the same lumber that my great-grandfather used more than 100 years ago. I think that respect for the craftsmen and craftswomen of the past, and for the wood they used, make a difference in each new piece I create. Until you have dismantled an old barn, you can't imagine the painstaking effort it took from Old-World craftsmen to erect it. They were each a work of art," said Pauly. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Floating Villa

BMT Asia Pacific has unveiled SeaScape, floating villas that can be equipped with either a sun deck or a covered pool, making them as large as 1,800-square-feet in size. Don't need that much space? There are also 700 square-foot units available that still have an open room design with for unobstructed views of the surrounding sea. However, what you may be most interested in is the underwater bedroom, in which residents can walk down a set of spiral steps into a clear acrylic cylinder and sleep among the fishes. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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SkySphere Home

Jono Williams, a graphic designer and engineer from New Zealand, unveils SkySphere, a towering, solar-powered home that offers 360° panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Standing 33-feet, the 270-square-feet structure was constructed around a giant column that includes spiral steps leading you into the living space. Everything you see inside is custom-built, including the furniture, which comes complete with voice-activated LED lights, as well as beer dispenser. A biometric visitor-recognition system ensures that only known associates will have access to SkySphere. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a Google Maps "are we there yet?" Easter egg.

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3D Printed Villa

Soon, you may see entire neighborhoods pop up in just a few days, rather than the months it takes now to build a single home. China-based company ZhuoDA built a 2-story villa in less than three hours, thanks to its six 3D-printed modules. It was assembled like you would LEGO bricks before a live audience who then toured the interior. This isn't a flimsy showpiece, the home is designed to withstand a magnitude-9 earthquake. Continue reading for more pictures of the interior and additional information.

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Zombie Safe House

At the push of a button on your smartphone, the zombie-proof "Safe House" in Poland can be transformed into a concrete fortress impenetrable by the undead. Spanning 6,100-square-feet, the home took approximately 4-years to build, and when things aren't in lockdown mode, it's a beautiful modern residence. The home requires a keycard for access to the entryway, gate and even the bedrooms, while high-resolution security cameras keep an eye out for intruders. When everything is locked down, the home can be controlled with your smartphone, and it even has an industrial-grade backup generator to keep things running. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a Jedi with a GoPro.

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