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At first glance, this may look like just a walkway leading to some kind of alley, but it's actually a full-sized house, just much narrower. Designed by Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates', this micro house is tucked between two traditional houses in Aichi, Imai and has all the space you need to live comfortably. Its minimalist layout uses natural light and the full length of its 69-foot site to create a beautiful and spacious family home. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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No, this isn't an alien spaceship, but rather just one of the futuristic hurricane-proof homes by Spanish designer Dionisio Gonzales. These structures are located on Dauphin Island, located in the Gulf of Mexico, which boasts approximately 1,200 inhabitants. This area is known for devastating hurricanes and storms that destroy most of the residences built on the shore. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Having a secure and hidden place to stay during a disaster can be quite the life saver, literally, but such places can also be used for entertainment. For example, the home above has a hidden room that's concealed behind a normal looking wall. Simply walk down the stairs, and you're treated to an underground lair, complete with leather sofa and more. Continue reading to see another batch of awesome hidden rooms that every geek should have.

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Holly Black may be best known for writing The Spiderwick Chronicles, a series of children's fantasy books she created with illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, but she'd much rather relax in her own secret room than bask in the limelight of fame. At the pull of a book, a hidden library is revealed, complete with fireplace and countless books. Continue reading for more pictures.

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For those fortunate enough to work at Google, their new Amsterdam office might be nothing new, but for everyone else, this is more theme park than workplace. There's plenty of natural lighting, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, along with brick accents on the walls for the urban look. As you step further into the office, you'll see a small camper van which can be used for a private conference or just relaxing and then your standard 5-star luxury cafeteria for employees. Plus, there's also a meditation room, a gym, and desk bikes. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an Italian nun with an unexpected talent.

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In places like downtown Kobe, Japan, land is hard to come by. So, Japanese firm Fujiwarramuro Architects' Nada House made use of whatever space they could find, like a narrow alleyway between buildings. They managed to squeeze a three-story multi-family home onto a small 397 square-foot lot, making the most of its tiny urban footprint. The architects created an innovative series of slatted openings to allow a column of light to pass through from the roof skylights to the first floor to maximize the amount of natural light in the house. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Professional skateboarder Bob Burnquist has seen his share of railings, streets, and ramps. So, he teamed up with creatives Jerry Blohm and Jeff King to design a skateboard ramp like no other. Construction spanned four days and took over 300 hours to complete. The final product weighted in at a massive 7,300 lbs, but floated gracefully over the waters of Lake Tahoe. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an F1 car taking on an F/18A hornet fighter jet.

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Does the name Edith Macefield ring a bell? If not, she's basically an 84-year-old lady who turned down a million dollar offer to sell her home to Seattle-based land developers. So, they were forced to alter the building's plan around the small, two-story home. The shopping mall was eventually completed and towered around her home. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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No, you're not looking at a computer-generated castle above, but rather Neuschwanstein, a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Fussen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds. Continue reading for more.

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Designed by Robert A.M. Stern, 15 Central Park West is a super luxurious condominium building located at the corner of West 61st Street and Central Park West in New York City. Construction started in 2005 and was completed in 2008, costing a total of $950 million. Continue reading for a video, additional pictures and more information.

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