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Ski Jump Home

This historic ski jump is unlike any other, as it has been converted into a penthouse apartment suspended 200 feet in the air. The modern living space at the top of the Holmenkollen competitive arena in Norway was previously a waiting area for competitors during the 1952 Winter Olympics. When on the rooftop terrace, guests can catch glimpses of the Northern Lights on clear nights. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Solar Powered House

You might think this is just another poorly rendered UFO photo, but it's actually a floating, solar-powered home, designed by Italian architect Giancarlo Zema. Called the "Waternest", it spans 1,000-square-feet and is entirely from recycled timber as well as a recycled aluminum hull. There are also skylights, balconies, and large windows that offer panoramic views of the water. Don't worry about electricity, as the roof is one giant solar panel. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Attic Home Conversion

Most attics are dark, dusty and just plain creepy, but interior designer Veneta Nikolova and architect Dimitar Karanikolov have transformed one into Loft 9B, an ultra modern living space in Sofia, Bulgaria. To make the most of a small area, a large dark cube conceals the bathroom that sits on top of the building's elevator shaft, and the cube's walls are just 16mm thin, with custom made concrete panels on the inside. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Urban Tree House

This 5-story apartment building in Turin, Italy is unlike any other because 25 Verde, designed by Luciano Pia, creates a vertical forest, holding 150 trees, that absorb close to 200,000 liters of carbon dioxide an hour, thus bringing pollution protection to its residents. That's not all, it also helps eliminate harmful gasses caused by cars and the loud noises from the traffic. All of the plants' full foliage serve double duty, as they block rays of sun during the summer while letting in warm light during the winter. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Skyscraper Time-lapse

No, this isn't some miniature building, or a facade, but a real 57-story skyscraper that was built in just 19-days. Despite measuring in at 2-million-square-foot (180,000-square-meter), energy-efficient, factory-produced LEGO-style blocks enabled the company to accomplish this feat - they can now build three-floors a day. Continue reading for the video and more information.

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The Lotus Building

Not just any building, The Lotus Building, located in the center of the Wujin District in the eastern coastal province of Jiangsu, China, features a unique design that looks just like a real blooming lotus flower. It's surrounded by "petal ribs" that open up, similar to the three stages of a lotus flower, from bud to fully-opened bloom. Inside, there's cathedral-like ceilings, conference rooms, exhibition halls, and offices. Geothermal piles uses the surrounding lake to regulate the building's temperature with minimal energy use. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Mirror House

At first glance, this home may appear to be floating in mid-air, but it's all just an optical illusion. Called the "Izabelin House", this two story mirror structure is formed of two horizontally configured blocks: the first floor is clad with reflective mirrored paneling, which appear as an extension of the forest floor, with opaque areas stacked above. The second floor appears to float above its mirrored base, a levitating box that will hover in the thick forest. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Atlas Survival Shelter

This looks like a small hole in the ground, but once you step inside, you'll see that it's a luxurious hideout by Atlas Survival Shelters. This company specializes in creating underground, galvanized corrugated pipe survival shelters with 1-2 bunker entrances/exits for emergencies. They come in 8', 9', 10', 11', and 12' diameters and lengths of up to 50'. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and additional information.

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Black Hole House

If you stumble upon this strange looking structure, don't be scared, as stepping inside will reveal a very modern and cozy interior. It's located atop Seven Mountains in Bergen, Norway, and officially called the 'Tubakuba' cabin. For those wondering, yes, the 150-square-foot building is entered by crawling through a tunnel comprising of curved pine shavings covered in untreated larch that turns gray over time. All of the wood has been treated with a 19th century traditional Japanese method called Shou Sugi Ban to prevent fungal decay and damage. This "off-the-grid hotel room" is available lounging during the day, and can also be rented for free to families with young children. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Hidden Room Home

You don't need a gigantic mansion to have one of these cool 007 James Bond-inspired hidden rooms and spaces, just lots of time as well as the right skills. In the example above, a seemingly normal set of stairs can be lifted to reveal a hidden room underneath. While this may not work too well in times of panic, the luxury is definitely a nice one to have, especially for a man cave. Continue reading for more.

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