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Halden Prison Norway

This is not a modern apartment complex or 4-star luxury hotel, just Halden Prison, a maximum-security prison in Halden, Norway. It consists of three main units and receives prisoners from all over the world, but believe it or not, there are no conventional security devices. The prison was established in 2010 with a focus on rehabilitation, and its design simulates life outside the prison. Inmates can enjoy sports, music and even interact with the unarmed staff to create a sense of community. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Eye of the Storm Hurricane Proof House

Located near Sullivan's Island in Charleston County, South Carolina, the "Eye of the Storm" dome house may look strange at first, but its shape serves a specific purpose, and that's withstanding hurricanes. In addition to the large yard outside, the three-floor living space features a covered garage, Japanese soaking tub, plenty of bedrooms, a full kitchen, and a wrap-around balcony. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Ennis House Bladerunner

Frank Lloyd Wright's mysterious Ennis House, located in Los Feliz, California, was featured in the 1982 neo-noir science fiction film Bladerunner, and now, it could be yours for $23-million. It was built in 1923, and is the largest of Wright's textile block home designs, based on the ancient Mayan holy places. Continue reading for a video tour, more pictures and information.

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New US Dollar Currency Concept

Photo credit: Andrey Avgust

Let's face it, the US dollar notes could use a new design and definitely some updated security features. Designer Andrey Avgust shows us what the thinks the new currency should look like. These vertical notes are made from several thin layers of translucent, flexible plastic and boast unique QR codes as well as special inks that can only be viewed under UV light. Continue reading for more detailed images showing before and after the notes are placed under UV light.

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Apple Store Macau

Photo credit: Foster + Partners via Hype Beast

International studio Foster + Partners has just released stunning new photos of the newly opened Apple Store in Macau. The exterior is covered in thin layers of stone and glass, while towering bamboo groves are planted at the entrance as well as the atrium. Inside, you'll find a large skylight, and a lantern affixed to illuminate the floor at dusk. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.

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Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale

The Alfa Romeo 33 Stradale is a mid-engined sports car built by Italian car manufacturer Alfa Romeo, and only 18 examples were produced between 1967 and 1969. The prototype (chassis No. 10533.01) was sold to private Gallery Abarth, Japan. The second magnesium bodied Stradale prototype (chassis No. 10533.12) and the five concept cars are now part of the Alfa Romeo Museum. Automotive designer Patrick Pieplow has reimagined this vehicle as a modern electric supercar, one that can take on the Tesla Roadster. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Freycinet Lodge Pavilions

Photo credit: Liminal Studio

At first glance, these may appear to be other-worldly structures, or a movie set, but it's actually "The Freycinet Lodge Pavilions" in Tasmania, an island-state of Australia. They were designed architectural studio Liminal Studio, and nestled in the heart of Freycinet National Park, with panoramic views of the Hazard Mountains range from each lodge. Inside, you'll find floor-to-ceiling windows that allow natural light to pour in, while keeping the coastal views unobstructed. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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Yeezy Phone

Sneaker fans know that the Adidas Yeezy Boost is the official collaboration sneaker by Kanye West and Adidas, but what if they made a phone based on the same design? It may look something like this device by industrial designer Osay Imarhiagbe. Designed to accentuate the "monochromatic reduction of the traditional mobile UI," it only features the most necessary functions, which can be accessed using its touch sensitive LED array panel. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Dirty Car Art

Photo credit: Instagram via Bored Panda

Moswcow-based artist Nikita Golubev specializes in creating masterful works of art on extremely dirty cars, whether it be a truck or a compact. He does not use any special tools, but rather wears a special set of gloves and finger paints. Masterpieces include the two Robocop portraits, several different kinds of animals, and lots more. Continue reading to see some of his most popular pieces.

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DSD Design & Motorsport partnered with students at the Master of Transportation Design Universidad Politecnica de Valencia in Spain to create the Golem, 1:1 scale concept that will eventually become a limited run model. It's described as a "brutal all-terrain vehicle" powered by a V8 engine that generates 700 hp, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a four-wheel drive system. Continue reading for more pictures, another video and additional information.

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