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Modern Tree House

Called the Treehouse djuren, this spacecraft-like structure is built around two large oak trees, and was created as a comfortable retreat for a family in northern Germany. Featuring a wood and zinc metal exterior, which gives this small structure a minimalist feel as its supported by four steel rods. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Tietgenkollegiet Copenhagen Dorm

Let's face it, most college dorms are designed to be affordable, and don't feature the many luxuries found back at home. Copenhagen's Tietgenkollegiet might be the exception. It's essentially beautiful circular student dormitory that was designed by Lundgaard and Tranberg. The Tietgen Residence Hall comes complete with community kitchens, workshops, cafes, music rooms, and a central activity courtyard. That's not all, students can also find bike storage, an auditorium, a roof deck, and even exposed concrete / magnesium floors inside their rooms. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Survival Condo

Over the course of history, there have been several extinction events, but if one should be caused by a catastrophic nuclear war, knowing someone with one of these $3-million underground "Survival Condo" structures will definitely keep you out of harm's way, or at least for a little while. These are buried 174 feet underground in the shell of an old missile silo, spanning 54,000 square feet, and designed to sustain up to 70 people for a minimum of 5-years. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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DIY Backyard Pool

Photo credit: VonBubenberg / Reddit

Just about anyone with the right skills and lot size can build a swimming pool in their backyard, but Reddit user "VonBubenberg" wanted to try his hand at a swimming pond before. It all started with a pile of dirt in the backyard, and after lots of digging, heavy machinery, and even a custom deck, later, this dream became a reality. Let's just say that the results might surprise you, as what they built looks straight from a home decoration magazine. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Swedish House

On the outside, you wouldn't be able to tell this Swedish home apart from others in the neighborhood, but there's a special room inside that sets this one apart. Let's just say that it will appear as if you've stepped onto a movie set and / or a theme park attraction, complete with props, lighting, lounge chairs, as well as dual displays. While you can't really make out a movie theater screen, you can almost rest assured that its owner has installed one. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Trash Cathedral

At first glance, this looks like any other construction site, but as you step closer, you'll realize that everything has been salvaged from junkyards. Built by Don Justo of Madrid, Spain, a person with no construction, architecture or engineering background, this cathedral tops out at 131 feet, and just needs a few finishing touches, such as a roof, a few windows and permits, before it can open to the public. It all began 50-years-ago after Justo left his life as a farmer to become a Benedictine Monk, but unfortunately, he came down with tuberculosis which forced him out of the monastery in a greatly weakened state. He promised himself that if he survived he would erect a church dedicated to the Lady of The Pillar, using his own funds, who he prayed to during that turbulent time. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Dream Treehouse

Foster Huntington made a life-changing decision in 2011 when he quit his stable job designing for Ralph Lauren in New York City for something drastically different. He started living out of a van as he traveled the country, but eventually moved on to the amazing dream treehouse you see above. Huntington began construction in 2013, and after 1.5-years, as well as $135,000 in materials, the palace in the sky was complete. Located in near Portland, Oregon, it features a main house, guest house, Wi-Fi, cell phone coverage, a hot tub, and even a skating rink below. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bulldog puppy that just doesn't want to wake up.

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Sagrada Familia

It looks like a scene straight from Middle Earth, but it's actually just Sagrada Familia, a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, that has been under construction for 132-years. It's set to be completed in 2026. The basilica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona: over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona's cathedral, over Gaudi's design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudi's death disregarded his design, and the recent proposal to build an underground tunnel of Spain's high-speed rail link to France which could disturb its stability. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional informtion.

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Kitoko Paris Apartment

Living in central Paris can be quite pricey to say the least, but this tiny apartment home, measuring 86-square-feet, didn't skip on the amenities. Designed by Kitoko Studio, this living space was inspired by the Swiss Army Knife, complete with stairs, a closet, bathroom w/shower, and even a small dining table hidden behind floral embossed panels. Continue reading for more cool micro homes.

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Real Hobbit House

Here's yet another look at Simon Dale's magnificent real-life Hobbit House in the Welsh countryside. Tired of paying huge mortgage payments, he decided to take matters into his own hands, armed with only a chisel, a chainsaw and a hammer. This then 32-year-old built the home you see above for just £3,000. Even more surprising is the fact that Dale has no experience in carpentry or architecture, but still managed to create his sustainable family home using scrap wood for floors, materials scavenged from skips and by diverting water from a nearby spring. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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