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FU House

Photo credit: Kenji Masunaga / Kubota Architect Atelier

Designed by Kubota Architect Atelier, the Apple Store-inspired "FU House" consists of a series of concrete walls that are supported by a delicate white panel, while the bottom is slightly elevated to give it the appearance being levitated. The monolithic walls are exposed internally, and matched with white tile floors. There's a glass car showcase on one side of the living room, with the other side opening to a patio and wading pool. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Cement Factory Home

Photo credit: Ricardo Bofill via Bored Panda

Architect Ricardo Bofill managed to come across an abandoned cement factory in 1973, and it soon became one of his greatest projects yet, called "La fabrica". Nearly 45 years later, it's been transformed into an incredible home that is situated just outside of Barcelona, Spain. Once the interior was gutted, and outside cleaned up, lush vegetation was planted. Inside, many of the walls were removed to create a seamless transition between living spaces. Even the cement-filled silos can be found repurposed as decorative pieces now. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Dubai Dynamic Hotel

David Fisher's Dynamic Tower was set to begin construction in 2010, but due to design changes, it's only now getting off the ground. This 1,375-foot-tall skyscraper will feature rooftop solar panels, and 48 individual wind turbines that will be concealed within the floors to provide power. These two sources combined are expected to produce 10 times more energy than it will use. However, what really sets this apart from other structures is that its 80 floors are capable of rotating a full 360°, enabling guests to select their own personal views, with everything powered by sun and wind energy. Want to own a small apartment in this high-tech building? Expect to shell out upwards of $30-million per unit when it's completed. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing how to mod your car to run DOOM.

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Coodo Prefab Home

Why bother with campers or trailers, when you could setup Coodo, a prefabricated mobile home that can pop up just about anywhere in the world, whether it be urban rooftops, remote beaches, or even a snowy mountain. Simply put, each unit is a a flexible blank box with a modular design, meaning that several can be connected together to form spaces for all needs. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Van Turned Home

Photographer Norbert Juhasz from Hungary decided that he didn't want to be tied down with rent or a mortgage, so he transformed a sixteen year old van into a solar-powered mobile home. Now this vehicle is used for both traveling and freelance projects, with fiancee Dora in tow. Featuring a couch, which can also be used as a double-bed, a full electrical system, plenty of storage space, and a kitchenette, complete with gas cooker / cylinder, sink, as well as a water tank. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Minimod

Brazil-based architecture firm Minimod creates unique homes that look like giant wooden boxes at first, but are actually tiny living spaces fitted with all of the creature comforts you'd expect for living off the grid. Each module measures in at 290-square-feet and is made from a lightweight steel frame with a plywood and glass composition. From there, customers can outfit it based on their specific preferences, such as sleeping area, kitchen, etc. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Free Spirit Sphere

This is not a scene from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi's planet Endor, best known for its sanctuary moon, a forested world (moon) covered by giant trees, but rather Free Spirit Spheres. This tree hotel is located is the forested section of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, and it's comprised of three different dwellings located above the ground. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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IKEA Better Shelter

IKEA's "Better Shelter" recently claimed the title of 2016's Beazley Design of the Year, and for good reason. This flat-pack shelter, which aims to "improve the lives of persons displaced by armed conflicts and natural disasters," can be assembled in 4-hours or less without tools. Features include: ventilation, solar panels, LED lights and mobile power chargers. The structures themselves are structures are built from lightweight polymer panels laminated with thermal insulation, which clip onto a steel frame. Best of all, its modular design enables one to easily upgrade it over time - i.e. adding a metal roof, etc. So far, over 10,000 shelters have been delivered. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Ultimate Bachelor's Pad

Photo credit: Tim Van de Velde

Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects unveils Residence VDB, a waterside mansion that could be considered the ultimate bachelor's pad. In addition to the outdoor pool, pool house, massive kitchen, luxurious living room area, and private rooftop terrace, there's an underground man cave. It comes complete with a private showroom garage, wine cellar, cigar bar, DJ booth, lounge area and a full entertainment center. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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China Vertical Forest

Photo credit: Stefano Boeri via Bored Panda

Stefano Boeri Architetti has designed the first vertical forest concept, titled "Nanjing Towers", for China, first popularized in Milan. The two green towers uses 1,110 trees from 23 local species and 2,500 cascading shrubs, to produce around 132 pounds of oxygen per day as they absorb carbon dioxide. The towers, standing 656-feet and 354-feet tall, rise above the Nanjing Pukou District, and will lead modernization efforts in the south of China's Jiangsu province, thus helping develop a Yangtze River economic zone. The taller of the two towers will contain offices, a museum, a green architecture school, and a rooftop club, while the second, a 247-room Hyatt hotel, complete with rooftop swimming pool. Continue reading for more pictures, information and a bonus video.

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