Not just an optical illusion, these giant owls are perfect for a summer camping trip in Bourdeaux, which were created by Bruit du Frigo partner Zebra3/Buy-Sellf. Officially called "Les Guetteurs" (The Watchers), it's located off the grid, and designed to encourage urban exploration of lesser-known sites. The group of owls are huddled together to form a large cabin with three floors, complete with a boardwalk elevated over a wetlands area. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Falcon Nest is currently the world's tallest single family home. This ten-story, 124-foot living space is nestled in the 6,514-foot Thumb Butte in Prescott, Arizona. Not just a museum piece, this home is equipped with solar panels, as well as alternative cooling, heating and energy-generating systems, in case of zombie apocalypse. It spans 6,200-square-feet house and was designed as tall as possible to create a chimney effect for natural heating and cooling, complete with glass ceilings that offer panoramic views of the the San Francisco Peaks. Thankfully, there's an elevator that leads from the first floor to sixth floor of the house. Yes, there's a swimming pool for those sweltering hot summer days. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to make swamp water drinkable
ThyssenKrupp has unveiled "MULTI", the world's first cable-less, horizontal-vertical elevator that will be installed in an 8070-foot tall tower in Rottweil, Germany. What does this mean? The installation consists of multiple elevator cabins capable of running in a loop, thanks to magnetic levitation technology that cycles multiple cars through the structure's shaft system. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Downtown Chicago is getting a new flagship Apple Store, and on Thursday, workers installed a giant Apple logo on the roof, or to be more specific, one that looks just like a MacBook Pro. The completed building will feature an all-glass construction, as well as a thin, carbon fiber design, which could mean a new color for the next-generation laptop. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of people being submerged in a 6-foot water balloon.
Ostara by France-based Baluchon may look like a six-meter trailer at first, but it's actually an incredible tiny home, sleeps two in a loft bedroom. Guests are greeted with stunning French doors that open up to a light-filled living room, and when inside, you'll find a large 1.8-meter-long, small bookcase, wood-burning stove, and a small dining table. Step to the side, and there's a corner staircase with built-in storage that leads up to the mezzanine with a large loft bed. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.
Architect Stefano Boeri Architetti is currently working with China to create the world's first Vertical Forest city, and it aims to fight air pollution by mitigating smog and producing more oxygen. Spanning 175-hectares near the Liujiang River, these modern structures will house approximately 30,000 residents in offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools. The firm plans to use about 40,000 trees and nearly 1 million plants from over 100 species to absorb approximately 10,000 tons of Co2 and 57 tons of pollutants per year, while producing up to 900 tons of oxygen. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
So, you've got a luxury apartment in the city, a few supercars in the garage, but want a unique mansion in the forest? If so, then look no further than House Paarman by South African studio Malan Vorster. This tree mansion offers stunning views overlooking the forest, complete with four square reflection pools. It's comprised of four cylindrical units that symbolize trees, each with a tree trunk-like steel pillar with branch-like beams, along with circular rings to support the upper floors. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.
Located in the historic Collins Waterfront district, the amazing Pine Tree House, built by South African firm SAOTA has a giant waterslide that leads into a gigantic pool. If you'd rather swim on the beach, there's also a basketball court, as well as a convertible indoor/outdoor living area. The interior is just as stunning, with a kitchen and dining room on the first floor, while bedrooms are joined by a family room and master suite on the second floor. For those warm summer nights, there's a rooftop terrace that overlooks the adjacent canal. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
EFFEKT, an architectural firm based in Copenhagen, has revealed "The Treetop Experience" in the Gisselfeld Klosters Skove preserved forest. It's a unique experience designed to let one walk through a tree line while also producing a minimal footprint in the way of a 1,968.5-foot long walking platform and 148-foot tall observation tower. The structure is divided into a lower and upper walkway, with the upper featuring a 360° observation tower. Continue reading for more pictures.
Measuring in at 450-square-feet, the Phoenix House by ArtisTree on Hawaii's Big Island sits right at the base of Mauna Loa, the world's most active volcano. It's completely off-the-grid, powered by solar energy, and made from recycled materials. Water is up-cycled from fallen rain. Continue reading for more pictures and information.