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The Lotus Building

Not just any building, The Lotus Building, located in the center of the Wujin District in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu, China, features a unique design that looks just like a real blooming lotus flower. It's surrounded by "petal ribs" that open up, similar to the three stages of a lotus flower, from bud to fully-opened bloom. Inside, there's cathedral-like ceilings, conference rooms, exhibition halls, and offices. Geothermal piles uses the surrounding lake to regulate the building's temperature with minimal energy use. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Mirror House

At first glance, this home may appear to be floating in mid-air, but it's all just an optical illusion. Called the "Izabelin House", this two story mirror structure is formed of two horizontally configured blocks: the first floor is clad with reflective mirrored paneling, which appear as an extension of the forest floor, with opaque areas stacked above. The second floor appears to float above its mirrored base, a levitating box that will hover in the thick forest. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Atlas Survival Shelter

This looks like a small hole in the ground, but once you step inside, you'll see that it's a luxurious hideout by Atlas Survival Shelters. This company specializes in creating underground, galvanized corrugated pipe survival shelters with 1-2 bunker entrances/exits for emergencies. They come in 8', 9', 10', 11', and 12' diameters and lengths of up to 50'. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Black Hole House

If you stumble upon this strange looking structure, don't be scared, as stepping inside will reveal a very modern and cozy interior. It's located atop Seven Mountains in Bergen, Norway, and officially called the 'Tubakuba' cabin. For those wondering, yes, the 150-square-foot building is entered by crawling through a tunnel comprising of curved pine shavings covered in untreated larch that turns gray over time. All of the wood has been treated with a 19th century traditional Japanese method called Shou Sugi Ban to prevent fungal decay and damage. This "off-the-grid hotel room" is available lounging during the day, and can also be rented for free to families with young children. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hidden Room Home

You don't need a gigantic mansion to have one of these cool 007 James Bond-inspired hidden rooms and spaces, just lots of time as well as the right skills. In the example above, a seemingly normal set of stairs can be lifted to reveal a hidden room underneath. While this may not work too well in times of panic, the luxury is definitely a nice one to have, especially for a man cave. Continue reading for more.

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Sliding House

It looks like an oversized red barn at first, but it's actually a very modern home by architecture and design studio dRMM. This Sliding House in Suffolk, England consists of three separate buildings (house, garage, and guest annex), and was built for multiple purposes, including letting the owners grow food, entertain, and enjoy the surrounding landscape. Each segment is connected by a 20-ton, motor-driven roof which slides up and down the buildings to create constantly changing coverage for the home, and exposes open-air living areas. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Tiny House Giant Journey

Guillaume Dutilh and Jenna Spesard were living in Los Angeles working as an engineer and an executive assistant respectively two years ago. Guillaume had always loved photography, and Jenna wanted to become a writer, so they decided to take a leap of faith by quitting their jobs and building a tiny house to travel the country in. They sold almost everything they had to fund their project. After a year and over 1,000 hours of hard work, "Tiny House Giant Journey" became a reality. Continue reading for a video tour, more pictures and additional information.

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Beijing New Airport Terminal

At first glance, this may look like a futuristic spaceport, ready for Virgin Galactic ships to take off into the stars, but it's actually Beijing's all-new airport terminal. This was designed by architect Zaha Hadid, known for cultural institutions, skyscrapers, and residential towers. Once complete, it will be one of the largest hubs in the world for air travel, accommodating up to 45 million passengers a year and clocking in at 7.5 million square feet. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Secret Door Bookcase

You've seen them in movies, comic books, and other forms of media, but now, here's how to make your very own secret door bookcase. It can be used to store everything from ancient relics, a family fortune, or just an office to make you feel like a secret agent of sorts. If nothing else, this just might be the conversation piece you need to really kick things off at house parties. It comes complete with a book-key that only you know about. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and the instruction page.

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Rotating Skyscraper Dubai

Here's another look at David Fisher's enormous, rotating building with floors that move ever so slightly, completing a 360° rotation every 90-minutes. Dynamic Architecture's design would have all four cardinal directions covered, and comes equipped with several giant wind turbines that generate electricity for tenants. Penthouse residents would be able to park their car directly inside their apartments thanks to some high-tech lifts. The architect says that the building will generate 10-times more energy than required to power it, thus making it a positive energy building. In addition to the solar panels fitted on the roof to harness sunlight, a total of 48 wind turbines will be installed between the rotating floors, with each turbine producing up to 0.3 megawatt of electricity. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today.

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