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Urban Playground

This project started with the 10-story International Shoe Company, a sprawling 600,000 square-foot factory turned City Museum in St. Louis. As you can see, this definitely takes the title of ultimate urban playground, complete with a sky-high jungle gym that use two decommissioned airplanes, a multitude of giant slides, and a a rooftop Ferris wheel to top things off. For those who are afraid of heights, there are also tunnels that go from floor to floor, an aquarium, ball pits, a shoe lace factory, a circus arts facility and a few restaurants to boot. The materials used to build the museum were sourced from salvaged bridges, old chimneys, construction cranes and more. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Magic Mountain Lodge

The Montana Magica Hotel in Chile looks to be straight from Middle Earth, and it's not just a facade. This is actually a popular 4-star hotel shaped like a volcano of sorts, with plants, moss and vines covering the exterior. Throughout the day, this mountain streams water down the sides, putting on a show for guests of its 13 rooms, each of which features central heating, a bathroom, and a safety deposit box. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Cinder Cone Treehouse

Foster Huntington, a popular blogger and photographer, quit his job in New York three-years-ago to move into a van and surf and camp around the West Coast. Now, he's decided to build an incredible treehouse, complete with a skatepark and a wood-burning hot tub, in Skamania County, Washington, to settle down into. He began drawing the plans for the Cinder Cone Treehouse last spring, with the help of a small group of close friends, as well as his carpenter mother, Huntington broke ground in June 2014 and worked through the winter. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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South Korea Star Wars House

What happens when you tell an architectural firm to create a house inspired by Star Wars? The unique home you see above. Designed by the team at Moon Hoon, this geeky dwelling boasts a spaceship-like facade, and opening the front door leads you into a sleek, wood-clad, modern living space, upstairs playroom included. That's not all, there's a secret door in the playroom built directly in the bookshelf. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Giant Cube Home

Atelier 8000 has built a giant cube, called Kezmarske Hut, that provides sustainable, year-round, off-the-grid shelter for adventurers. The exterior is constructed from aluminum, glass and features photovoltaic panels for power. There's also a patio that wraps around two of the structure's faces, perfect for lounging when the weather permits. The reflective metal plating makes it easy to spot from miles away. Inside, you'll find glue-laminated timber and red spruce beams as well as plenty of cozy furnishings. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how to make your own Pokemon pancakes.

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Transforming A-Frame Cabin

At first glance, or from afar, this just looks like a giant piece of wood, possibly from a redwood, but get closer and you'll see it's actually a transforming a-frame vacation house. It was designed by Derek "Deek" Diedricksen of Relax Shacks, and he claims you'll only need about $1,200 worth of materials to create. The 11-pages of plans can be downloaded for a small fee. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Bosco Verticale

From afar, Bosco Verticale in Milan, Italy looks like a normal building, but get closer? You'll see it doubles as a vertical forest. That's right, each building has the capacity to hold, in amount of trees, shrubs and ground cover plants, an area equal to 10,000-square-meters of forest, including 480 large / medium size trees, 250 small size trees, 11,000 groundcover plants and 5,000 shrubs. Greywater recycling is used to water vegetation, and an integrated photovoltaic panel system will provide power. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Tiny Leaf House

At just 97-square-feet and weighing in at under 5,000-pounds, the tiny, $40,000 Leaf 3 house is perfect for the dark Yukon winter in Pelly Crossing, as it's designed to withstand -50°C (-58°F) conditions. It features vacuum insulated panels that have an R value of R60 per inch, R68 in the floor / roof and R38 in the walls, to keep things warm. Continue reading for a time-lapse build video and more information.

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Ecocapsule

Photo credit: Ecocapsule via Inhabitat

Always wanted to live off-grid in any place your heart desires? If so, Ecocapsule is exactly what you're looking for. Designed by Nice Architects, this tiny sustainable home is powered by by solar / wind energy, and includes rainwater collection as well as a filtration system. While it may be small, the designers claim the micro-shelter can comfortably sleep two adults. Featuring a folding bed, two large windows, a work area that doubles as dining space, a shower, toilet, storage space and a built-in kitchenette with running water to round things off. Its integrated 750W wind turbine and a 2.6-square-meter solar array (600W output) power the Ecocapsule. Thanks to a dual-power system, the high-capacity battery (9,744Wh capacity) ensures you always have power in case of emergency. Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing how Pringles are made.

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Star Trek Enterprise Building China

Star Trek fans rejoice! Chairman Liu Dejianof China-based NetDragon Websoft modeled the company's new headquarters after Star Trek's USS Enterprise. After acquiring the licensing rights from CBS, they set out to construct the building, and so far, it's taken six years of construction (2008-2014) and $160-million. Continue reading for an aerial video and more information.

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