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Cave House

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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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Longbranch Cabin

Jim Olson from Olson Kundig Architects unveils the newly renovated Longbranch Cabin in Puget Sound, Washington, which appears to have drawn inspiration from the famed LEGO bricks. The original structure was built in 1959, and during each of its four renovations, boxes were added to the original structure for expansion, building around trees instead of tearing them down. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why inkjet printers are so brilliant.

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Concrete House Minecraft

Designed by Luciano Kruk Architects, The Golf House appears to be straight from Minecraft, and consists of three blocks which form the living quarters. Thanks to its unique triple block layout, guests can enjoy two separate decks, one on the top floor and another right in the middle. To top things off, it's located right on the Buenos Aires golf course. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here to view bonus images of an amazing two-level shipping container home.

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Harvard Micro House

Most students are worried about grades, but this Harvard startup aims big with their micro home. At just 160-square-feet of living space, the "Clara" boasts a heater, two-burner kitchen stove, shower, electric toilet, full-size sink, cooler, utensils, cooking equipment, a twin-sized bunk and even a twin-sized sleeping pad for guests. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for some bonus images of more tiny homes.

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Underwater Skyscraper

Architect Vincent Callebaut has unveiled Aequorea, a 3D-printed skyscraper village that is not only capable of holding up to 20,000 people, but are also self-sufficient and reduce Earth's carbon footprint. These jellyfish-inspired oceanscrapers have above-surface entrance and docks, with the structure spiraling down to depths of 1,000-meters where you'll find homes, offices, workshops, science laboratories, sea farms, agricultural areas, as well as shared orchards. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Home Carved Into Cliff

Here's another look at Casa Brutale, a monolithic concrete home carved directly into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea. Volumetrically inverted, the underground structure boasts a rooftop swimming pool that doubles as a translucent ceiling, and offers a an expansive view that will take your breath away. You'll find a glass-paneled balcony at the bottom of the house that is accessible via a stairwell that runs all the way from the entrance. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here to view bonus images of more beautiful homes.

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Nautilus Hausboot House Boat

Why bother spending millions on a yacht, when you could live comfortably on a Nautilus Hausboot? These luxurious house boats look to be from the pages of an IKEA catalogue, with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the living space, which bathe the interior with natural light. For sustainability, it's lined with solar panels on the rear deck area. Continue reading for another video tour of the house boat. Click here to view more pictures.

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Tree House Village

Peter Bahouth, former Greenpeace executive director, wanted a private getaway right in his own backyard. So, he created a tree house village of sorts, built entirely from recycled materials, including 80-year-old windows salvaged from a Masonic Temple in South Carolina. He called the three tree houses "Mind" "Body," and "Spirit," each with their own unique touches. The "Mind" boasts a living room, complete with cozy seats, a rustic coffee table, and other antique knickknacks collected from flea markets. The next one, "Body," contains the bedroom with an indoor/outdoor slide-out wheeled bed, and "Spirit" is essentialy a circular deck with seating for ten built around a 150-year-old Southern Short-Leaf Pine. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information. Click here to view more images.

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Tower of Sauron Building

Midtown Manhattan - 41 West 57th Street to be exact - is set to get a Lord of the Rings-inspired building, designed by Mark Foster Gage, a well known architect with several creative designs under his belt. Currently nicknamed "Khaleesi", and not for the reason you think, as he said: "It's not really called that - that was the codename we were calling it in the office. Two of my employees were really into Game of Thrones when we started working on it and it just kinda stuck. We also have a project code-named 'Joffrey' which hasn't been released yet. So many code-name possibilities." Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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