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Rainforest City

Rainforest City, designed by Laboratory for Visionary Architecture (LAVA), is basically a 20-square-kilometer green smart city in Malaysia that would be built around a central rainforest designed to mimic forest's ecosystem by adopting a closed loop system that reuses all its resources and controls out-flow. "Skylines across the world look the same - usually a couple of iconic towers in the center surrounded by lots of lesser quality buildings, which all resemble each other. Here we have designed an inverse city skyline where the icon of the city is a public space, not an object/building. Our central space is a Rainforest Valley and demonstrates the equation: PEOPLE = CITY. From an object to a place," said Chris Bosse, director of LAVA. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Apple Store Home

Apple's Director of Store Design wanted a home unlike any other, so he partnered with Alchemy to create the Sonoma weeHouse, a prefabricated consisting of two elevated open-sided boxes. This ultra-minimalistic home was assembled onsite between gnarled oaks in days, and boasts panoramic views of the Santa Rosa valley in California. At 970-square-feet combined, it has a host of steel accessories, including stairs, porch railings, and lasercut trim, which were all prefabricated and shipped from Minnesota. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Moontopia

The Moontopia project may look like something out of this world, and while it does give us a glimpse at the geometric structures future astronauts could live in, it's actually the Elbphilharmonie Plaza by architectural photographer Hao Chen. The futuristic complex is located on the banks of the River Elbe, and is centered around a 2,100-seat arena positioned at a height of 50 meters, which is detached from the remainder of the structures for sound-proofing reasons. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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$250-Million Los Angeles Home

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When you think of a $250-million home, a five-star resort probably comes to mind, and this Los Angeles mega mansion on 924 Bel Air Road definitely fits the bill. Spanning 38,000-square-feet, plus another 17,000 square feet of outdoor terraces, it offers 12 bedrooms, including two master suites, 21 baths, six bars, helicopter landing pad, and a James Bond-inspired home theater, with 40 reclining seats - dressed up with Hermes pillows and blankets - 57 speakers, 16 subwoofers, as well as 7,000 movies preloaded into the 4K-gold projector. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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The 7th Room Tree Hotel

Located in the forest canopy of pine trees in Northern Sweden, Snohetta's "The 7th Room," appears to be hidden at first, but it's actually a modern tree hotel experience. This structure hovers at 10-meters above the forest and spans 55-meters. It offers two bedrooms, a social lounge area, full bathroom, and an outdoor terrace. The cabin comfortably accommodates up to five people, all of whom enter via a staircase from the ground, while a small lift is available for transporting luggage. Floor-to-ceiling windows ensure a breathtaking view of the Lule River on a clear day. For the night owls, the north-facing window is perfect for watching the aurora borealis. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of the world's fastest ship.

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Real Cave House

Your eyes aren't playing tricks, nor has this been Photoshopped, but rather it's a real house built directly into the side of a cave. Called the Cuevas Del Pino House by Ummo Estudio, it was originally used as a shelter for livestock watchmen on the slopes of Sierra Morena, but transformed into a comfortable living space with plenty of natural light, while retaining the original walls of the shelter, as well as swooping heavy stone ceilings and walls. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Translucent House

Located in Hiroshima, Japan, the House in Tousuienn boasts an open plan design covered in translucent polycarbonate that enables natural light to fill every corner. While not very large, the translucency makes it feels lighter while also allowing sunshine to permeate the interior. It spans three levels built within an area of 740 square foot. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Geodesic Nature Home

Living in the Arctic Circle can be brutal to say the least, but one family has been living on Norway's Sandhornoya island for the past 3-years. This was made possible by their three-story cob home, made from sand, water, clay, and other organic materials, encased in an solar-powered geodesic dome. This 25-foot-high structure provides the five-bedroom, two-bathroom home with protection from the elements, while offering a greenhouse environment to grow their own food. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Bahnof Data Center Pionen White Mountains

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Bahnof's - a Swedish ISP - main data center is located in central Stockholm, but what really sets "Pionen White Mountains" apart is that it's located 30 meters under the granite rocks of the Vita Berg Park in Stockholm. This was a former nuclear bunker during the Cold War, and it took more than two years to blast the 141,000 cubic feet of extra space required fit its backup generators and server racks into the caves. The entire data center spans roughly 1,200 square meters (12,900 square feet) and lighting was a major issue the team faced. Continue reading for more bizarre structures that actually exist. Click here for a few bonus images.

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Concrete Fortress

Located in the South Korean port city of Busan, this concrete fortress by architect Moon Hoon has four levels, and was designed to resemble a perched growling owl. Don't let its cold looks fool you, as this is actually a cozy modern home on the inside. Featuring a lounge, kitchen, dining area, an outdoor terrace as well as a communal family room and even commercial space on the bottom floor. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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