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Solar-Powered Floating Home

Why spend millions on a small yacht, when you could purchase a custom-built Waterlovt? The most basic model features solar-power, two bedrooms, 8-foot ceilings, a deck, a basement, and plenty of floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the interior with natural light. You can also add a desalination plant for all your fresh water needs, and a digester to convert waste into energy. If the weather permits, lazing on the wooden deck is also an option. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bizarre jumping cholla cactus attack.

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Triangle Cliff House

Designed by German architect Matthias Arndt, this Hobbit-inspired house is situated on the side of cliff, and features a sharp triangular roof and covered with glass on all sides. On the inside, soft glowing lights keep things bright while creating a cozy environment during the winter months. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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SkySlide US Bank

Skyslide, which sits nearly 1,000-feet above Downtown Los Angeles, on the 73-floor of the U.S. Bank Tower, opened to the public on Saturday. It lets you slide 45-feet out across the city and onto an outdoor platform on the 69th floor. OUE, the building's owner, claims that the 3.2cm thick glass on the fully enclosed slide can withstand hurricane-force winds and powerful earthquakes. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.

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Floating Walkway

Sure, you're not actually walking on water, but environmental sculptor Christo's latest installation is as close as you'll probably get. Called "The Floating Piers," these floating pathways, made from stain-resistant fabric, span Lake Iseo in northern Italy. This two-mile-long temporary bridge enables visitors to walk from the mainland to two small islands in the lake. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Steel Shed Cabin

Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, this structure in Washington may appear to be a steel shed at first, but step inside, and you'll see it's the perfect weekend getaway. Its steel exterior can easily slide across all the windows, and mechanically controlled using a wheel. The entire cabin was built on elevated stilts to prevent flooding during inclement weather, while the multi-level interior boasts timber panels that line the floor, walls and ceiling. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an explosive way to demolish a bridge.

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Freeform 3D-Printed House

WATG Urban Architecture reveals the world's first freeform 3D-printed house. Despite looking like a futuristic spacecraft, it features a modern interior core and an exterior skin comprised of rolling archways that provide an organic feel and "rethink[s] traditional architectural aesthetics, ergonomics, construction, building systems, and structure from the ground up," according to the press release. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus 3D-printing disasters.

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Floatwing Home

Love traveling, but hate being tied down to living in just one place? Meet "Floatwing". This off-the-grid home can produce up to 100 percent of its annual energy needs over 6-months, thanks to solar panels, a wastewater treatment plant with advanced tertiary treatment, a mini supply water treatment plant, and stored fuel. It's comprised of two levels: a long floating deck and the accessible upper deck that doubles as a roof. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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X-Float Home

Love cruising, and just relaxing by the river? If so, then you'll definitely want to look into these X-Float prefab homes by architecture firm Agaligo Studio. Located on the River Kwai in Thailand, each one of these living spaces offer plenty of floor-to-ceiling glazed windows for breathtaking water / mountain views, especially while up on the rooftop terrace. Continue reading for 9 more pictures and information.

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3D Printed Building

Dubai unveiled the first fully 3D-printed and completely functional building earlier this week, marking an architectural and engineering breakthrough. Called the "Office of the Future," this structure is located on the Emirates Towers premises and will be the temporary home of the Dubai Future Foundation. Continue reading for a video walkthrough and more information.

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Ninja Turtles Lair

Yes, there's a real-life Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lair, and it's not underground or in a theme park. This loft-like apartment offers three bedrooms, a glow in the dark basketball court, home entertainment center made from old boomboxes, and of course a classic TMNT arcade cabinet. To top things off, visitors also get free pizza delivery service. Continue reading for more pictures, information and the rental page.

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