Winter is coming, or at least for those living in the northern hemisphere, and there's no better time to cozy up for a good read. The room you see above could be mistaken for a spaceship that has just landed on Hoth, but it's just a cozy, wood-paneled reading room that can either be left as is, or filled with distractions, like a giant 100-inch OLED television. Continue reading for more book rooms that geeks would love.
A Star Trek fanatic has built the ultimate home in a quiet suburb of Houston, Texas, but now he's selling it. Listed at $1.27 million, this 6,000-square-foot mansion's main focal point is a cinema room designed to look like Star Trek's USS Enterprise. "He's always been interested in space travel, in being in the stars, and he decided that if there was no way to travel to the stars, he'd bring them here," listing agent William Machupa said of the seller. Continue reading for more pictures.
A group of Estonian students just couldn't get enough of nature, so they decided to build three huge wooden megaphones to amplify these sounds - captured by photographer Tonu Tunnel. You can find the installation in Estonia's Pahni Nature Center, best known for its beautiful study trails that double as an "outdoor classroom." Hannes Praks, head of the Interior Architecture Department, said, "the three-meter diameter megaphones will operate as a 'bandstand' for the forest around the installation, amplifying the sounds of nature." Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Minecraft streamer Jordan Maron has just spent $4.5-million on a 3-story mansion high above LA's Sunset Strip. The 23-yar-old is better known online as "CaptainSparklez", and his videos on YouTube alone have generated more than 1.7-billion views, not including his Twitch and merchandise income. At 4,100-square-feet, the home features plenty of floor-to-ceiling glass sliders, complete with a terrace and outdoor fireplace. The master suite includes a fitted walk-in closet and see-through fireplace. Continue reading for more pictures.
There are simple treehouses, and then this one, built by Jay Hewitt, a handyman / contractor in Massachusetts. It has 3-levels and stands 40-feet-tall, with plenty of room for his grandchildren to play (or even grow up) in. "I wanted to build a treehouse for them. You've never seen a treehouse like the one I'm gonna build for them. [I had a treehouse], but it was basically a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood. I never dreamed that a treehouse would be anything like this," said Hewitt. So far, it's been a year in the making, with much more construction to go. Continue reading for more pictures.
This looks like a normal garden at first glance, but upon closer inspection, you'll see an entrance to Perdu, a luxurious underground mansion. This circular three-bedroom home located on Bowdon in Manchester may be underground, but there's plenty of natural light, thanks to a dome-shaped passage in the center that allows sunlight to enter the home. To keep things eco-friendly, it features a rainwater harvesting system, a heat exchange system, and hot water warmed via solar tubes. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
This looks like a normal shipping container at first, but at the push of a button, everything begins to unfold, and it becomes a 2-story home. This principle is used by the military for their mobile headquarters, and how they replace old tents by deploying them from even smaller containers in a matter of minutes. It's only a matter of time before people are able to purchase one of these and move in on the same day, as they're not only cheap, but quite durable as well. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Jaw Crusher, a machine that can turn granite into dust.
The Kleindienst Group have created three-level luxury villas, called "Floating Seahorses". Not just any floating villa, these $1.8-million, 1,700-square-feet masterpieces have a master bedroom and bathroom located on the submerged level, surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic views of the marine life as well as the coral reefs. The second floor features a sun deck, living room, kitchen, and dining room, while the third floor boasts a glass-bottomed Jacuzzi, along with a minibar. Continue reading for more fascinating photos you probably haven't seen before.
There are normal treehouses, and then this Lord of the Rings-inspired "Hobbit Treehouse", located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This isn't just for show, but rather an actual rental property owned by Gordon Mack. It's perched 16-feet above ground, complete with rounded doors, windows, and an interior space that will drive LOTR fans crazy. No detail was spared, as you'll find Elvish-language signs, a mask worn by Sauron, Hobbit-feet slippers, and even a gauntlet with the gold ring. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Situated 590-feet above ground in China's grand Shiniuzhai Geopark, this glass-bottomed bridge welcomed its first guests, with some falling to their knees after glancing down at vast expanse of rocks and wildlife below. Connecting the peak of the park to the Stone Buddha Mountain, this bridge was previously made of wood, but after part of it was successfully converted to glass last year, authorities decided to for the complete overhaul. The 984-feet-long walkway in Hunan province is the longest of its kind in the world, taking 11 engineers several months to replace all the planks of wood with glass plates 25-times stronger than regular window glass. Continue reading for another drone video, more pictures and additional information.