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Halden Prison Norway

This is not a modern apartment complex or 4-star luxury hotel, just Halden Prison, a maximum-security prison in Halden, Norway. It consists of three main units and receives prisoners from all over the world, but believe it or not, there are no conventional security devices. The prison was established in 2010 with a focus on rehabilitation, and its design simulates life outside the prison. Inmates can enjoy sports, music and even interact with the unarmed staff to create a sense of community. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Eye of the Storm Hurricane Proof House

Located near Sullivan's Island in Charleston County, South Carolina, the "Eye of the Storm" dome house may look strange at first, but its shape serves a specific purpose, and that's withstanding hurricanes. In addition to the large yard outside, the three-floor living space features a covered garage, Japanese soaking tub, plenty of bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a wrap-around balcony. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Ennis House Bladerunner

Frank Lloyd Wright's mysterious Ennis House, located in Los Feliz, California, was featured in the 1982 neo-noir science fiction film Bladerunner, and now, it could be yours for $23-million. It was built in 1923, and is the largest of Wright's textile block home designs, based on the ancient Mayan holy places. Continue reading for a video tour, more pictures and information.

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AirShip 002 AirBNB

Located in the Scottish Highlands by the Isle of Mull, AirShip 002 may look like a metallic space vehicle from afar, but once you get closer? You'll realize it's a modern home, designed by Roderick James Architects, that boasts a classic airship-inspired shape, clad in aluminum, and with plenty of windows to let the natural light bathe the modern interior. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Apple Store Macau

Photo credit: Foster + Partners via Hype Beast

International studio Foster + Partners has just released stunning new photos of the newly opened Apple Store in Macau. The exterior is covered in thin layers of stone and glass, while towering bamboo groves are planted at the entrance as well as the atrium. Inside, you'll find a large skylight, and a lantern affixed to illuminate the floor at dusk. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Freycinet Lodge Pavilions

Photo credit: Liminal Studio

At first glance, these may appear to be other-worldly structures, or a movie set, but it's actually "The Freycinet Lodge Pavilions" in Tasmania, an island-state of Australia. They were designed architectural studio Liminal Studio, and nestled in the heart of Freycinet National Park, with panoramic views of the Hazard Mountains range from each lodge. Inside, you'll find floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light to pour in, while keeping the coastal views unobstructed. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Shining Hand Ranch Mansion

Photo credit: Zillow via Bored Panda

At first, this mansion on the Shining Hand Ranch in the foothills of Ashland, Oregon, appears to be normal, but once inside, you'll see exactly why it's worth $7.6-million. Artist and house developer Ed Bemis spent 1.5-years carving just the Brazilian mahogany arched front door, along with countless other hand-made pieces. The 8,881-square-foot living space is heated and cooled with geothermal energy, while the pool is solar-heated. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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DJI Headquarters Drone Tower

Photo credit: Foster + Partners

DJI has catapulted to become the world's best known drone maker, and that means a new headquarters is in store. Called the "Drone Towers," these buildings will be located in Shenzhen, Guangdong, and feature quadruple-height indoor drone flight testing spaces as well as a stunning sky bridge to showcase new technologies. It was designed by architectural firm Foster + Partners. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Lunar Lander Home

Photo credit: Marcus Ricci via Design Boom

At first glance, this appears to be an old lunar lander, but it's just one of the coolest and geekiest homes you'll ever come across, located on the banks of the Columbia River. Architect Kurt Hughes actually modeled this hexagon-shaped living space after a real lunar lander, complete with three steel beams that lead to a staircase. Inside the 250-square-foot home, you'll first notice a large geodesic dome skylight, a kitchenette, and even a full bathroom. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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3D-Printed Concrete Houses

Photo credit: Houben / Van Mielo Architects

If Hanna-Barbera created a futuristic version of The Flinstones, the characters would probably live in these 3D-printed concrete houses. However, should that not happen, you will soon be able to find these structures in Eindhoven, which is south of the Netherlands, as part of an initiative called "Project Milestone" led by TU/e. Continue reading for another picture, a bonus video, and more information.

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