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Hidden Rock Cabin

If you're flying Cabin Knapphullet, you could easily mistake it for a pile of rocks, but get closer? You'll see it's a luxurious modern home by architectural firm Lund Hagem. It seamlessly blends glass, cement, and natural rock into a living space that is perfect year round. Floor to ceiling windows throughout ensure that natural light floods in during the day. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Trailer Tiny Home

It started as an old trailer, but Ron Rusnak of Ashland, Oregon managed to transform the vehicle into a cozy modern home on wheels. At just 200-square-foot of living space, you'll find a small living room, storage space, loft sleeping area, as well as a kitchenette, complete with 24-inch cabinets, small range and oven. Yes, there's also a functional shower and bathroom. Want to live somewhere else during the summer? Its removable cedar deck makes transportation easy. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Jack Black in a marshmallow eating contest.

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Greenhouse Home

Stockholm, Sweden gets quite chilly in January, -3°C to be exact, so homeowners Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto decided that old fashioned heaters just weren't the way to go. So, they decided to build a house-in-a-greenhouse with the help of architect and friend Bengt Warne. The duo settled on an old summer house located in the Stockholm archipelago, and using Warne's design, the small summer home, plus an additional 4 millimeter in glass, enveloped the structure. Since the footprint of the greenhouse is nearly double that of the home, there's enough room for a wrap-around garden, especially since it's a Mediterranean climate inside the bubble. Continue reading for an in-depth video tour and more information.

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Tree Cabin

There are tree houses, and then this amazing tree cabin, designed by architect Missy Brown. Located in Colorado and anchored to a 90 foot spruce tree, it features a spiral staircase that leads directly up to the front door. In addition to electricity, you'll find a cozy sleeping area, work space, and coolest of all, a rooftop patio deck, great for entertaining guests during warmer weather. However, you won't need to worry about cold temperatures too much either, as electrical baseboards were installed to help keep the cabin warm. Continue reading for a video of a fully-plumbed DIY tree house resort. Click here to view a few more incredible tree houses.

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Oldest Mall Apartments

Northeast Collaborative Architects transformed America's oldest mall in Providence, Rhode Island space into a mixed-use housing with 17 shops on the ground floor and 48 micro-apartments on the second floor. Rent starts at $550 a month for a one-bedroom unit that spans 225-450 square feet in size. Each unit offers a built-in bed, full bathroom, refrigerator, sink, microwave, dishwasher, seating, as well as plenty of storage. There's a shared TV room, game room, on-site laundry facility, bike storage area, and parking garage for residents. Continue reading to watch a grand video tour of these micro apartments. Click here to view more pictures.

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Slide House

Most homes have stairs connecting multiple floors, but this apartment by Ki Design Studio has a giant slide. It's located on the top floor of a 20th-century building in the Ukrainian capital, and before the renovation, a single staircase connected the ground floor to the upper level. After the renovation, a new staircase, along with a slide that descends from the top floor, through the kitchen and into the living room below, were added. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Floating Ark

The Ark is essentially a floating hotel that's designed to be a bioclimatic house with independent life-support systems, including elements ensuring a closed-functioning cycle. It can be built in various climates, a well as seismically dangerous regions since the basement area is a shell structure, without ledges or angles. A complex load-bearing system of arches and cables offer weight redistribution along the entire corpus in case of an earthquake. The shell-shaped design makes installing photovoltaic cells at an optimal angle toward the sun, a breeze, while the upper cupola part, collects warm air in seasonal heat accumulators to provide an uninterrupted energy supply for the whole complex independently from outer environmental conditions. Illuminated areas on the interior create well-lit places for growing plants at any time of day. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the first Suicide Squad trailer.

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Playboy Mansion Sale

If you happen to be tonight's Powerball jackpot winner, $200-million can either get you three brand-new Gulfstream G650 jets, or the Playboy Mansion. Located in Los Angeles' "Platinum Triangle", this magnificent home is situated on 5 picturesque acres in Holmby Hills. The residence spance nearly 20,000-square-feot, complete with 29 rooms, a catering kitchen, wine cellar, home theater, separate game house, gym, tennis court and a free-form swimming pool w/cave-like grotto. There's also features a four-bedroom guest house, as well as a zoo license. Continue reading for two more videos and information. Click here to view more pictures.

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Cave House

Photo credit: Mail Online

Businessman Angelo Mastropietro spent 8-months transforming a 700-year-old cave in the Wyre Forest in Worcestershire into a modern home, complete with running water, underfloor heating and even high-speed WiFi. Most surprising of all, he took on the project single-highhandedly, without hiring outside contractors. Everything from carving, cutting, drilling into the sandstone hillside - including excavating 70-tons of stone by hand - had to be carefully planned. Continue reading for a 50-minute grand tour of the unique modern home. Click here to view more images of the cave house.

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Weird Building

Photo credit: Victor Enrich

Victor Enrich decided that freelancing as a 3D architectural illustrator just wasn't for him, so he set out on a long journey to find his passion, starting with a photo manipulation series called "City Portraits". "These series of pictures are the result of a 7 year long journey that brought me to countries such as Latvia, Israel and Germany. The story begins in the summer of 2006, a crucial date in my life, because after 2 years of deep thinking, I finally decided to quit as a freelance 3D architectural illustrator, a job that had kept me busy for over a decade," said Enrich. Continue reading for more examples.

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