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Plugin House

If software hacks existed in the real world, they'd probably look something like Mrs. Fan's "Plugin House". Located in Beijing's Central Changchun Jie neighborhood, this modern living space replaces an existing dwelling, while adding modern touches such as a full kitchen, bathroom with off-grid composting, high ceilings, and plenty of windows to let the natural light soak in. There's even a rooftop deck for afternoon tea, or whatever social occasion may arise. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Camouflaged House

Photo credit: Sergio Pirrone

Located just on the outskirts of Seoul, South Korea, the minimalistic "Tilt Roof House" by BCHO architects is embedded directly into the steep slope around the site. The structure seamlessly blends in with the topography and minimized the need for excavation, thus enabling the space up top to be transformed into a giant terrace with three boxed sections: two that are recessed and one for the courtyard beneath. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Backyard Room

Let's face it, even for those who are fortunate enough to work from home, a change of scenery is always welcome. Introducing the "Backyard Room," a structure that can be configured in size anywhere from 5 to 23 square meters, and can be used as a small office, pool house, art / photography studio, or even a mini home in warmer weather. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

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China Transparent Mirrored Bridge

Glass and / or transparent bridges already exist in China, along with a few other places worldwide, but this is the first one to have two levels. Designed by Martin Duplantier, this structure, or observation bridge, has two levels: an upper level used as a lookout, while the lower level enables visitors to feel as if they're walking on air. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Fire Station Supervillain Lair

No, this isn't a supervillain lair, just "Im Fels," a volunteer fire station in the Italian Alps. Designed by Bermeister Wolf, the structure was built directly into the base of a 300-foot cliff that overlooks tilled land and is far less menacing that it may seem at first glance. The community decided upon this design to minimize the loss of valuable agricultural land in the area. Explosives were used to create the three giant rooms in the rock face, two of which are designated as garages for emergency vehicles, with the third being used for the main facilities. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Casa Till Cliffside Home

Solar power and breathtaking ocean views may not be synonymous, that is unless...you're talking about Casa Till by WMR Arquitectos. This solar-powered home was built on the side of a cliff on the Chilean coast, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It was designed by blend right into its surroundings, and is nearly flush to ground level, measuring in at 185-square-meters. The home consists of timber modules using local materials and labor, while a spacious outdoor terrace extends to all sides, shaded by a slatted roof structure. Inside, The it features an open floor plan, complete with a full living room, dining area, kitchen, and two bedrooms are placed on either side of the common area. Click here to view the first image in this week's art of trolling gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Ghana's version of the live-action Mortal Kombat movie.

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Cliff-Hanging Hotel

Why camp in freezing temperatures, when you could stay at this cliff-hanging geometric hotel by designer Andrii Rozhko. This all-glass structure offers plenty of natural lighting, while heating the space naturally. Unfortunately, there's only two ways to stay here, either by climbing, or an expensive helicopter ride. Now we're guessing that just about everything you find here, including the meals, will cost up to 10-times more than in normal stores due to transportation costs. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the first Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer.

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Wind Turbine Home

Designed by Goetz Schrader, these massive wind turbine "Wind Pecker" homes literally transform the large energy sources into habitable dwellings. The residences are formed from highly insulated capsules built around the gigantic lower sections of wind turbines, while the entrance to them can be accessed through a hollow vertical tube that leads them up the shaft of the turbine. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Icehotel 365

You won't need to visit the ice planet Hoth for a stay in the world's only permanent ice hotel, just Sweden. Called "Icehotel 365", it's located approximately 125-miles north of the Arctic Circle in Jukkasjarvi, spans 2,100-square-feet, houses 20 suites, a bar, and even an art gallery. Power comes the way of solar panels harvested during the summer months, and the interior stays a comfortable 23° Fahrenheit year round to ensure the hotel remains cold throughout the summer. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Northern Lights Norway

Nestled in Dovrefjell National Park, this rectangular structure is not a spaceship waiting to be launched into the great unknown, but rather a perfect viewing area to take in the mountains, and Northern Lights at dusk. A floating fireplace keeps guests warm, while floor-to-ceiling windows, along with comfortable curved wooden seating, ensure an unobstructed viewing area. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the final Star Wars: Rogue One trailer.

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