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China's Paris

Anyone who hasn't been to "The City of Light" in France would probably mistake the image above for the real deal, but upon closer inspection, all of the buildings and roads look off. That's because it's just a replica of Paris, France in China, called Tianducheng. It was originally planned as a city for around 10,000 inhabitants, but the current population is estimated at a mere 2,000 people, many of whom are "working on" a nearby French-themed amusement park. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Apple Ranch Home

Apple isn't known for designing homes (ever), but that doesn't mean the company won't delve into the industry sooner than later. This is what a ranch home designed by the likes of Peter Bohlin (architect behind many of the Apple Stores), would probably look like. This owner commissioned Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects to create the "Hupomone Ranch", a living space nestled on a sprawling 160 acres in California's Chileno Valley. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Movable Footbridge

Knight Architects always like how Japanese hand fans fold open. So, they built a bridge with the same functionality, both simple and spectacular. They collaborated with structural engineers AKT II to make it a reality. They first installed 5 steel beams that open and close in sequence, rising to different angles using hydraulic jacks and assisted by counterweights. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Mystical Bridges

The first bridges were made by nature itself - as simple as a log fallen across a stream or stones in the river. The first bridges made by humans were probably spans of cut wooden logs or planks and eventually stones, using a simple support and crossbeam arrangement. Some early Americans used trees or bamboo poles to cross small caverns or wells to get from one place to another. Now here are a few that have withstood the test of time and look like portals to other worlds. Continue reading for more.

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Floating Bungalow

If nothing but the best in vacation accommodations will do, then Casa Ventanas in Belize is just for you. At 1,000-square-feet, it boasts custom crafted furniture pieces and is nestled all by itself at the end of a 150-foot dock. Featureing a wrap-around deck along, transparent glass floor, and plenty of windows to enjoy those Caribbean ocean breezes. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Tiny NYC Home

Photo credit: BI

New York City isn't known for sprawling mansions, but for what little space is available, there are some tiny dream lofts, such as this one. Designed by the team at Specht Harpman Architects, this 425-square-foot space, no larger than many living rooms, located at the top of a six-story brownstone, has 25 feet of vertical space and even access to a rooftop. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a baby owl that does something unexpected with a GoPro.

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Naples Metro

In 1911 construction on the urban section of the Rome-Formia-Naples railway, the Villa Literno-Napoli Gianturco railway was commenced, and although it was suspended for the duration of World War I, the line was eventually opened on 28 September 1925 as an urban railway service line, the first in Italy. This service is now known as Line 2. Above, we see one of the many beautiful ceilings at their rail stations. Continue reading for more.

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Hong Kong Architecture

Photo credit: Peter Stewart Photography

Australia-based photographer Peter Stewart recently traveled to Hong Kong with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II to capture the masses of repetitive high-rise apartment buildings scattered throughout the city in a photo series called "Stacked - Hong Kong". This series showcases some of the most repetitive structures in Hong Kong and turns them into mesmerizing compositions. Continue reading for more photos and a word from the photographer.

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Spain House

Beach houses are nothing new, but House of the Infinite located in Cadiz, Spain delivers infinite views of the Atlantic Ocean that can be enjoyed from just about anywhere on the property. Spanning 900 square meters, it boasts a facade built from Roman travertine stone that complements the surrounding sandy beaches. What sets this home apart from the others is its completely open rooftop space, complete with a swimming pool. Continue reading for more.

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River Home

Called the "River House", this tiny little cottage is located on the Drina River in Serbia, and was originally built over 45 years ago. It's situated upon a rock in the middle of the river, and became famous when a few short years ago when National Geographic published the amazing photo seen above (top). Continue reading to see what the house looks like during bad weather.

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