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Mirror Cabin

Photo credit: Coulson

Fans of the Predator comic / film franchise probably know about the invisibility cloak, but now, the "Disappear Retreat" by Coulson is a real-life cabin that appears to vanish into its surroundings. Not just a decorative structure, this pre-fabricated cabin is designed to go off the grid using passive heating and cooling systems to keep the 83-square-foot living space comfortable. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Apple Park Glass

Apple Park, the company's new Silicon Valley "spaceship" headquarters, is a marvel of architecture and design, as Apple's design chief, Jony Ive, led its creation. However, there's one problem...distracted employees keep walking into the building's stunning glass walls and doors. That's right, there's so much glass that even closed doors caused injuries where emergency services had to be called. Continue reading for a drone video of the campus and more information.

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Treehotel The Cabin

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, Treehotel's "The Cabin" is a real place you can book and stay at. Nestled in Sweden's Lule River Valley, this unique hotel consists of several different structures, and "The Cabin" is basically a 78 square-foot room that can comfortably accomodate two guests, complete with a rooftop terrace and functional compost toilets. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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EcoCapsule Home

You may have seen the EcoCapsule a while back, but now it's finally going into production. Packed into a sleek egg-shaped fiberglass shell, this miniature abode measures less than five meters in length and 2.2 meters in width. The interior comes equipped with a folding bed, kitchenette that offers running water, a flushing toilet and a hot shower. It's designed for adventurers who want to go off-grid, as the modules are made to be entirely self-sufficient, complete with wind turbine, solar panels and rainwater collection. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Water Pipe Home

Hong Kong-based James Law Cybertecture has completed the Opod Tube House, which is essentially an internet-connected home made from an old water pipe. Measuring just over 8-feet in diameter and spanning 1000-square feet of living space, the completed tube structure can comfortably accommodate one or two people over, complete with a living room bench that converts into a bed, mini-fridge, bathroom, shower, as well as plenty of storage. Click here for the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of five sock gadgets put to the test.

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Looping Towers

So, you're already paying a monthly "maintenance" fee, so why spend extra on a gym membership, if you don't have to? Introducing Peter Pichler's "Looping Towers". Rather than incorporate a rooftop pool or lounge area, this project has a running track that connects the two towers of this housing complex. As for the apartments themselves, each unit boasts a duplex design, complete with large glazed walls outlined by angular white frames and floor-to-ceiling windows. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tetra Hotel

Architect David Ajasa-Adekunle of architecture practice Innovation Imperative designed the Tetra Hotel, and it boasts an other worldly design that would also fit right into the Bladerunner 2049 universe. This followup to their modular office pod features multiple floors with floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby, while each room features multiple levels, with the top offering a large bed set under a skylight and a shower right below. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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aVOID Tiny House

Think of Leonardo Di Chiara's tiny house, called "aVOID," as a livable Swiss Army Knife. This minimalist tiny house looks like a white box at first, but step inside, and you'll discover plenty of hidden functionality in a cozy setting, thanks to warm colors and wood grain texture. There are no windows on the longer sides, only on the ends, which enables it to fit into tighter urban settings like a row house. Plus, there's also a roof deck, which can be accessed by climbing up a ladder and out a window. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Ocean Spiral Underwater City

We've all heard and probably seen floating cities, but underwater cities could become a reality far sooner than you think, starting with Ocean Spiral. Created by the Shimizu Corporation, the company claims they could have a prototype up and running by 2030. It would consist of two main sections: the first is a 500-metre-diameter spherical city with a tower that accommodates up to 5,000 people, while the second is a spiral structure that connects this sphere with a base station on the ocean floor, 2.5 miles down. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Villa On the Rocks

Villa on the Rocks looks like a home you'd see in a movie, but it's real, and situated on the southern tip of France in Bandol, a small commune in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur. It was designed by architect Rudy Ricciotti, and unlike other rentals, this 5 bedroom, 8 bed, 3 bathroom villa has a stunning 91-foot lap pool aquarium that can be viewed from the inside and outside. Continue reading for another video, more pictures, information, and the rental page.

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