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Cat Playland

Photo credit: Houzz via Laughing Squid

Peter Cohen, a home builder and the co-owner of Trillium Enterprises, transformed his home into a feline playland, complete with overhead catwalks, spiral pathways and custom odor-free closets to house 22 litter boxes for his 15 rescued cats. Cohen said during an interview with Houzz: "When we bought this house in 1988, it came with two outdoor feral cats. And then one of them was killed when he was hit by a car and then the second one was hit by a car...So we made her an indoor cat and then to get her company, because the other one had been killed, we went to the shelter and adopted a couple of cats and that just started down the road. The catwalks, the first catwalk I built was in 1995...for the walks, just the walks I've spent $40,000 or $50,000, and they can be done a lot cheaper, but the catwalks are for the cats but they're also for me. They're architecturally interesting to me - the colors and we always try to do something interesting with the shapes." Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos of today.

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Recycled Home

Photo credit: Homeless Home Project

At first glance, this appears to be any pile of old trash, but Gregory Kloehn, an artist in Oakland, California, has made it his mission to use these materials to build small mobile homes for the homeless. Called the "Homeless Homes Project", it all starts with dumpster diving in the local industrial areas, selecting the parts for his practical architectural creations and putting together something livable from the salvaged materials. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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3D Printed Mansion

3D printers are now more affordable than ever, and companies are now coming up with super-sized models to print everything from cars to the 12,000-square-foot villa you see above. Developed by China-based WinSun, this home was fabricated with a 3D printer in layers, using a paste of sorts consisting of recycled stone and construction waste, along with quick-dry cement. This special printer stands 20-feet-tall and spanning a gigantic 4,000-feet. The pieces were then reinforced with steel, and filled with insulation like you would a normal house. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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3D Printed Mansion

3D printers are now more affordable than ever, and companies are now coming up with super-sized models to print everything from cars to the 12,000-square-foot villa you see above. Developed by China-based WinSun, this home was fabricated with a 3D printer in layers, using a paste of sorts consisting of recycled stone and construction waste, along with quick-dry cement. This special printer stands 20-feet-tall and spanning a gigantic 4,000-feet. The pieces were then reinforced with steel, and filled with insulation like you would a normal house. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Narrowest Home

Nestled between two buildings in Warsaw, Poland, the Keret House is touted as the world's narrowest home, measuring just 36 inches across at its narrowest point and 48 inches at its widest. It was created by Israeli writer and film maker Etgar Keret, who managed to raise 70,000€ ($80,000+USD) for the project and began the construction in collaboration with the Polish Art Foundation. He says: "This was the biggest challenge of my life, because I've never done something as narrow." Once completed in October 2012, the Keret House stands today as a two-floor iron structure, with a total floor space of only 46 square meters. Continue reading for a video tour and more information.

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Billboard Home

Finding solutions to the complex homelessness problem involves the coordination of many fields and services. Project Gregory aims to use actual triangular billboards as housing for those without homes. Billboard dimensions are preserved to attract advertisers, which in turn pay for the home. A set of steps ensure easy access, and the interior floor plan is divided into two rooms. The first contains an entrance hall, a kitchen, and a raised bed set above a storage space. The second boasts the bathroom, a toilet, and a shower corner. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hidden Bar

Photo credit: Alberto Caiola

When you first step into this room, nothing really looks out of place, except maybe the Coca-Cola vending machine in the corner. At the pull of a handle, a modern and chic bar in Shanghai is revealed, called the "Flask". This machine is located in The Press, a small sandwich shop that operates as a secret front for the trendy bar hidden behind. It was designed by architect Alberto Caiola, and he says "the fun, lighthearted feel, the bright colors and lighting [in The Press] - within a few steps, these elements segue into a mysterious space with warm, muted lighting and the murmurs of bar patrons to invite further curiosity." You'll find speakeasy-era, like vintage sofas, muted copper-colored lighting, and a wall covered in 25-litre whiskey bottles, scattered throughout. Continue reading for more pictures.

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30 Foot Home

Almost nobody likes being tied down to one place, especially with a mortgage to boot. So, Colorado-based Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses has just the solution for you: 30-foot homes. That's right, these tiny $63,000 homes look small, but offer more space and amenities than you'd expect, including a bath / shower, dishwasher, and enough room for up to six people. It sits on a 9.1 m (30 ft) trailer, and can be towed by a large car or standard truck. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Floating House Australia

Combining architectural tricks that rely on perspective, the architects at Australia's F2 Architecture firm have created a home that appears to be hovering over the sea. When viewed from any other angles, it's apparent that the home is built on a pole that lifts it 130-feet above the slope. The home is adorned with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, modern furniture, and a wraparound balcony that offers a panoramic view of Fairhaven Beach. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Titanic Movie Theater France

Believe it or not, you're looking at a real movie theater, albeit a temporary one, in London. That's right, a swimming pool was transformed into a small part of the Atlantic yesterday for a special screening of the 1997 movie starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, complete with Edwardian costumes and lifeboats, to celebrate the 2009 Oscar season. Directed by James Cameron, Titanic remains the top money-making film of all time, with $1.8-billion worldwide box office revenues. Continue reading for more of the world's coolest and most beautiful movie theaters.

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