Being a successful game developer still has its perks, and for Markus "Notch" Persson of Minecraft fame, that includes a $70-million mansion in Beverly Hills overlooking the LA skyline. Originally listed at a cool $85-million, the final purchase price was eventually negotiated down $15-million, and according to John Aaroe Group, Persson's purchase included everything you see in the video above: "...luxury furnishings to exotic electronics such as the automated 54-foot curved glass door in the living room that opens onto an infinity pool with iPad-controlled fountains and spectacular views. Cases of Dom Perignon were part of the deal." Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of amazing animated optical illusions that will blow your mind.
An upside down house is one of the latest tourist attractions in the western Austrian village of Terfens. Designed and built by Polish architects Irek Glowacki and Marek Rozhanski, everything in this house is upside down, including the interiors and the car in the garage to the fittings in the bathroom. On a similar note, did you know a famous restaurant named Sakasa, in Matsumoto City, Nagano prefecture, Japan, is also upside down, complete with inverted fixtures and sign boards? Continue reading for more weird, yet real, buildings from around the world.
At 258-squar-feet and located in the Born district of Barcelona, Spain, this tiny apartment - designed by Barbara Appolloni - is more than meets the eye. Its owner touts it as "LEGO-style" due to the ability for the furniture pieces to transform into the living space into multiple rooms. Don't let the tiny space fool you, there's still a shower, toilet, kitchen, balcony, and even a washer / dryer outside. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of hypnotic battery-packing robots in-action.
This may look like a scene from Interstellar (water planet), but it's just The Grotto by the Partisans Design Group. This 800-square-foot relaxation space sits on a rocky shore looking out onto Lake Huron, just north of Toronto. What sets this apart from others is that each of the sauna's tile segments is built from a three-dimensional model using local moisture-resistant cedar wood. A skylight bathes the interior in natural light. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Many have traveled to France and visited the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but for those who have always wondered just what was at the very top, it's a small apartment reserved for Gustave Eiffel to entertain guests. This is now visible to the public, complete with period decorations and lifelike models of Gustave and some guests. Eiffel received a number of very generous offers to rent out the space, but he declined them all, preferring to use the space for quiet reflection, and to entertain prestigious guests such as Thomas Edison. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.
New York City is set to get a floating park called "Pier 55" that will hover over the Hudson river off of the city's Lower West Side and sitting on top of the deteriorated Pier 54. It will be supported by 300 pillars of varying heights and rise as much as 186 feet above the river's surface. The park itself will contain three performance venues, as well as provide expansive views of the skyline. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
There's no better time to look upwards than during the holidays, due to the lights and decorations, but these epic ceilings are available to view all year-round. First up, we have the Christmas-themed interior of The Galeries Lafayette, an upmarket French department store located on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Continue reading to see more epic ceilings that look to be straight from a storybook.
Many living rooms are larger than this, but Johannesburg-based architect Clara da Cruz Almeida has designed a micro 183-square-foot home (priced from $18,000), called the INDAWO / lifePOD, that has all the amenities you'd expect to find in a cozy apartment. Almeida collaborated with product design firm Dokter and Misses to construct space-saving, fold-out couches, a fold-down table, and enclosed storage that allow you to transform the space instantaneously. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
This may look like an alien planet, but it's just the work of artist Ra Paulette, who has spent the last decade hand-carving elaborate caverns in New Mexico. Paulette doesn't use any heavy machinery, just simple hand tools. The walls are a blend of his own unique infusion of organic-looking shapes and abstract, with interlocking patterns. These are accented by the neutral sunlight that shines in during good weather. Continue reading for more images and information.
We have seen the future of housing, and it's all underwater. The futuristic image you see above were envisioned by the Shimizu Corporation in Tokyo, in partnership with Tokyo University and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (Jamstec). This $26-billion underwater city, called the "Ocean Spiral", features a globe that would float at the surface of the sea, but could be submerged in inclement weather. A spiral structure plunges to depths of up 2.5 miles (4km), forming a path 9-miles to a building on the ocean floor, which could serve as a resource development factory that could collect rare metals and rare earths. Continue reading for more images and information.