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ARKUP Livable Yacht

There are ocean view high-rise apartments, mansions, and then ARKUP. These "Livable Yachts" are not just sheer luxury, as each structure is designed to withstand up to category 4 hurricanes. Featuring 2 floors, it offers a fully-featured kitchen, dining area, living room, 4 bedrooms, 4.5 bathrooms and a set of hydraulic lifts that can raise the yacht 40-feet to prevent flooding. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Minecraft Shipping Container Hotel Quadrum

Situated in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia, the Minecraft-inspired Quadrum hotel offers some breathtaking views. The entire five-story hotel is consists of previously unused shipping containers that are connected to land with a collection of steel posts. Despite how it may look, the interiors are cozy and modern. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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AUTOHAUS Car Home
Photo credit: Charles Davis Smith, Casey Woods, Perfecto Creative / Matt Fajkus Architecture

Matt Fajkus Architecture has completed AUTOHAUS, the perfect home for car enthusists, located in Austin, Texas. Featuring seemingly floating living quarters with an entire floor of dedicated workspace to let offer your vehicles maximum viewing room while still offering the utility of a carport. A staggered second floor offers views of the garage below from behind a glazed wall in the living area, while sliding glass doors extend this room out to the exterior terrace. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Underwater Restaurant Norway

When this Snohetta-designed structure opens in Norway during 2019, it will become Europe's first truly underwater restaurant. It will stand on the sea bed 5-meters beneath surface, thanks to thick walls that can withstand the most variable sea conditions. "One of the benefits of this building is how it links nature and land, and how you can come safe from the land and in a very dramatic way go down through this concrete tube to the nature at sea level, and experience what normally is not experienced," said Rune Grasdal, lead architect on the project. Continue reading for more pictures and a bonus video.

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Half-Tree House

Photo credit: Jacobs Chang

Designed by JacobsChang Arachiture and located in Upstate New York, the "Half-Tree House" is a perfect weekend getaway for those stuck in the concrete jungle that is NYC, or the setting for a science fiction thriller movie. This 360-square-foot living space features a minimalist geometric design with large windows all around to bathe the interior with natural light. Continue reading for more pictures, a bonus video, and additional information.

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Architect Cake

Photo credit: Dinara Kasko

Architectural designer and pastry chef Dinara Kasko from Ukraine combines baking with geometric figures and architectural designs using graphical algorithm editor Grasshopper and a 3D printer. The cake above was inspired by the works of artist and engineer Matthew Shlian, and consists of 81 uniquely-shaped cakes layered with meringue, ganache, berry confit, a crunchy biscuit, all covered with pink Ruby chocolate. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for a few bonus images.

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MacBook Roof Apple Store

Designed by Foster + Partner and located along Chicago's beautiful riverfront, the Apple Michigan Avenue store officially opened today. Unlike other Apple Stores, this one boasts a 111-by-98 foot carbon-fiber roof designed to look like a giant MacBook from above, though the iconic logo was removed for unknown reasons. The entire structure is supported by four interior pillars to provide guests with an obstructed view through its 32-foot glass facades. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Elliptic House

Photo credit: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG / Mario Martins Atelier

The Elliptic House (Casa Eliptica), located along the coast of Portugal, is perfect for Tony Stark, starting with its minimalistic geometric design. Its exterior boasts overlapping ovals, while a seaward wall features a curved silhouette with a glazed facade for panoramic ocean views. The reflecting pool, Jacuzzi, and a cutout in the cantilevered roof all follow the circular motif. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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China Glass Walkway Crack

When you walk on this glass walkway located at the East Taihang Mountains Scenic Area in China's northern Hebei Province, it appears to crack right beneath you, but it's actually all just a clever illusion. How does it work? Well, apparently the workers placed shattered fragments of glass in one of the walkway's middle layers, stretching across several panels at the end of the bridge. When one walks over them, the glass appears to shatter under your feet, complete with faux sound effects. 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 ten things you missed in the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer.

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21 Shipping Container House

Photo credit: Danny Bright

Architecture firm LOT-EK used 21 shipping containers to build the "Carroll House," a single-family residence located in Brooklyn's williamsburg neighborhood. The containers were stacked atop each other, and then cut diagonally along the top / bottom to create 'a monolithic and private volume within the urban fabric.' Plus, the construction team repurposed all of the scrap leftover by the diagonal cut inside the living space. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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