There are beach houses, and then this masterpiece by architect Robin Williams. Located at St. Andrews Beach on the Mornington Peninsula, this multi-level structure, called " Villa Marittima" has won numerous awards for its transcendent polycarbonate construction. As you can see, it's the perfect home for summer parties. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
For those who are afraid of heights, you'll probably want to skip "Chicago Skyline", a transparent areial cable car attraction linking Navy Pier, the lakefront, and the riverwalk, with the downtown area. The cable cars are designed to carry up to 3,000 people per hour in each direction, offering 30-minute tours, 17-stories above the water from Wacker Drive and Lake Street on the west and to Navy Pier on the east. Expect to pay $20 USD per trip when it opens. Continue reading for two more pictures and information.
Floating homes are nothing new or special, but the "Floating Seahorse Home" takes luxury living to the next level. Think of it as a superyacht meets submarine, a 4,000 square foot structure by the Kleindeisnt Group that has three levels total - underwater, middle deck, and upper - with a hot tub at the very top. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Concept images of Casa Brutale, a modern home set to be carved into a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, have been floating around for a few months now, but it's finally becoming a reality. Featuring a transparent rooftop swimming pool and a minimalist, yet luxurious, concrete interior living space. Continue reading to take a look inside and for more information.
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At first, this structure in the Dolni Morava forest (Czech Republic) could be mistaken for a roller coaster, but it's actually just the towering "Sky Walk" structure, designed by Franek Architects. Featuring constantly-changing 360° views of the beautiful landscape and even a 330-foot long stainless steel slide with windows that weaves its way down one of the columns. Believe it or not, nearly all of the structure was built mostly by hand on-site, and not pre-fabricated, with workers having to climb the structure as it rose up. Continue reading for a video walkthrough and more information.
The Tiny Fern Forest Treehouse, located in Lincoln, Vermont, is a real place that you can rent, and not a temporary movie set. It sits 30-feet above ground, and offers a single bed on the main level, along with a queen-sized futon in the loft. Yes, there's also electricity, heat and even a small refrigerator for your perishables. Continue reading for a video tour and more information.
Located in China's Heilongjiang province, Harbin is not usually a place you'd expect to see a cutting-edge structure, much less one designed for large crowds, that is unless...you're talking about the Harbin Opera House by MAD Architects. It "would blend into the winter landscape as a white snow dune arising from the wetlands," said MAD founder Ma Yansong. Architectural photographer Iwan Baan traveled to this bone chilling destination, where temperatures drop to -30°C in winter, to capture the futuristic-looking building. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the best "whoosh bottle" science experiment ever.
Measuring in at a staggering 178-meters in length and 76-meters in height, the ArcelorMittal Orbit will be the tallest tunnel slide in the world when it opens on June 24th. Riders can expect speeds of 15mph to be reached on the ride, which has 12 twists and ends with a 50m straight run to the ground. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Dutch company Fiction Factory takes heavy-duty cardboard, and transforms it into the Wikkelhouse. These modular mini homes are basically made from large rolls of recycled corrugated cardboard. It all starts with a giant machine that applies a coating of eco-friendly adhesive to the cardboard before it's wrapped and rotated 24 times around a frame to ensure its strength, durability, and shape. Once all that is completed, everything is waterproofed and then wood paneling is added. Continue reading for a video and more information.
LAAB Architects transformed a 309-square-feet apartment in Hong Kong into a comfortable living space that includes a full kitchenette, bathroom, workout space, storage, and even a two-tiered home cinema of sorts. Best of all, many aspects of the home, such as unlocking doors, turning on lights, etc., can be controlled with an app. "We began considering time as a factor, eventually designing the space around a 'form follows time' philosophy, which means that spaces open and close depending on the purposes needed at that particular time. This is best demonstrated by the bathtub area of the apartment," said the design team. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a crazy Hot Wheels beach track.