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Ecocapsule

Photo credit: Ecocapsule via Inhabitat

Always wanted to live off-grid in any place your heart desires? If so, Ecocapsule is exactly what you're looking for. Designed by Nice Architects, this tiny sustainable home is powered by by solar / wind energy, and includes rainwater collection as well as a filtration system. While it may be small, the designers claim the micro-shelter can comfortably sleep two adults. Featuring a folding bed, two large windows, a work area that doubles as dining space, a shower, toilet, storage space and a built-in kitchenette with running water to round things off. Its integrated 750W wind turbine and a 2.6-square-meter solar array (600W output) power the Ecocapsule. Thanks to a dual-power system, the high-capacity battery (9,744Wh capacity) ensures you always have power in case of emergency. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how Pringles are made.

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Star Trek Enterprise Building China

Star Trek fans rejoice! Chairman Liu Dejianof China-based NetDragon Websoft modeled the company's new headquarters after Star Trek's USS Enterprise. After acquiring the licensing rights from CBS, they set out to construct the building, and so far, it's taken six years of construction (2008-2014) and $160-million. Continue reading for an aerial video and more information.

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Indoor Basketball Court

With the 2015 NBA Playoffs in full swing, there's probably no better place for a basketball fan to be than a giant home, complete with its own indoor court. Located in San Francisco, this 5,000-square-foot, $3.32-million residence was previously an old warehouse. It's now been fitted with heated hardwood floors that were salvaged from Los Angeles airplane hangar. There's also massive 30-foot exposed timber beams as well as white-washed ceilings that surround the multiple skylights running through the property to maintain the airplane hangar feel. Last, but not least, a massive 16x20 foot retractable center skylight ensures you'll be able to get plenty of fresh air for your hoops games. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a band that played live Mario Kart music while their friend played the actual game.

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Ferris Bueller Ferrari House

Sure, it's been 29 years since John Hughes'classic comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off was released, but true fans will never forget Cameron's iconic glass house where he accidentally knocked the Ferrari off the jack, sending it right into the ravine out back. Designed by A. James Speye back in 1953, the stunning home features four bedrooms, four bathrooms and an expansive living room, equipped with floor-to-ceiling-windows. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Modern Mirage House

You haven't seen a beach house, until you've seen the Modern Mirage House. Located on the Greek island of Tinos, this 198-square-meter residence was designed by the Kois Architecture team, and is perched atop a steep, rocky hillside. The actual home is built directly into the hillside, buried in the landscape. What's really cool is the roof, which doubles as an infinity pool, perfect for enjoying panoramic views of the Aegean Sea. The team decided upon this design to provide thermal insulation for the guests in addition to also protecting them from solar radiation. Continue reading for more pictures.

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The Cliff House

Have millions of dollars and always wanted to live on the edge? The Cliff House lets you do just that, literally. Designed by architecture collective Modscape, this home was created for an Australian couple as spot to stay during vacation near the South-West coast of Victoria, Australia. Once completed, it will be a five story structure with the main entry point being a carport on the top floor. All levels will be connected by an elevator as well as a staircase. Rest assured, there will be plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows for dramatic ocean views. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Floating Home Amazing

From a distance, this just appears to be a raft, but get closer, and you'll see it's an incredible floating home. Designed by Singapore-based architect Dymitr Malcew, this living space not only boasts floor to ceiling windows for expansive 360° ocean views, but it is constructed entirely from sustainable materials. Inside, there's 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a living room, kitchen, and even a terrace. Unfortunately, it was built for a private company based in France, and not for sale. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Friends Build Town

Photo credit: Alexander Stross

Let's face it, no matter how close one group of friends may be, they normally drift apart as life happens, that is unless...you decide to create your own town. After acquiring 10 acres of land in Llano, Texas, four lifelong friends, along with their partners, hired architect Matt Garcia to help them build them a mini town of sorts with maximum eco-efficiency. Each one of these $40,000, 350-square-foot cabins have a bathroom, kitchenette and sleeping area. They also feature slanted roofs with water barrels that can hold up to 5,000-gallons of rainwater. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tiny Beach House

When is a beach house, not just a tiny shack on the sand? When it looks like the magnificent tiny home you see above, which was designed by architects Crosson Clarke Carnachan. It's located in New Zealand and easily movable, since the entire structure is on wooden sleds. The 40-square-meters of space is plenty, complete with a kitchen, dining, living area, bathroom and two sleeping areas to top things off. The front facade doubles as a shutter / awning that provides shade during on extremely bright days, while the double height steel framed glass doors keep wildlife, like birds, out. There's a worm tank waste system and separate potable grey water tanks for sanitation. Continue reading for more.

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Amchit Residence Lebanon

At first glance, this may look like a scene from a sci-fi flick set in the future, but it's just the Amchit Residence in Lebanon, one of the coolest-looking bachelor pads you'll ever see. Designed by Blankpage Architects, this stunning ocean view home in Nahr el Mott, has minimalist rooms connected by outdoor bridges. The living room and kitchen, on the mid-level, are surrounded by floor to ceiling glass windows, suspended lighting, along with dark hardwood floors. The master bedroom on the third level has unobstructed views of the ocean that lets you wake up to dreamlike scenery. Continue reading for more pictures.

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