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Greenhouse Home

Stockholm, Sweden gets quite chilly in January, -3°C to be exact, so homeowners Marie Granmar and Charles Sacilotto decided that old fashioned heaters just weren't the way to go. So, they decided to build a house-in-a-greenhouse with the help of architect and friend Bengt Warne. The duo settled on an old summer house located in the Stockholm archipelago, and using Warne's design, the small summer home, plus an additional 4 millimeter in glass, enveloped the structure. Since the footprint of the greenhouse is nearly double that of the home, there's enough room for a wrap-around garden, especially since it's a Mediterranean climate inside the bubble. Continue reading for an in-depth video tour and more information.

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Wooden Millennium Falcon

Photo credit: Martin Creaney

Wood artist Martin Creaney has recreated the Millennium Falcon using over 3000-pieces of timber. It measures in at around 6-feet-long and is comprised of 30 different varieties of wood. For those unfamiliar with this craft, the highly modified Corellian Engineering Corporation (CEC) YT-1300 light freighter first appears in Star Wars (1977), and subsequently in The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Click here to view more pictures of the Millennium Falcon. Continue reading for a video.

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Tree Cabin

There are tree houses, and then this amazing tree cabin, designed by architect Missy Brown. Located in Colorado and anchored to a 90 foot spruce tree, it features a spiral staircase that leads directly up to the front door. In addition to electricity, you'll find a cozy sleeping area, work space, and coolest of all, a rooftop patio deck, great for entertaining guests during warmer weather. However, you won't need to worry about cold temperatures too much either, as electrical baseboards were installed to help keep the cabin warm. Continue reading for a video of a fully-plumbed DIY tree house resort. Click here to view a few more incredible tree houses.

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Oldest Mall Apartments

Northeast Collaborative Architects transformed America's oldest mall in Providence, Rhode Island space into a mixed-use housing with 17 shops on the ground floor and 48 micro-apartments on the second floor. Rent starts at $550 a month for a one-bedroom unit that spans 225-450 square feet in size. Each unit offers a built-in bed, full bathroom, refrigerator, sink, microwave, dishwasher, seating, as well as plenty of storage. There's a shared TV room, game room, on-site laundry facility, bike storage area, and parking garage for residents. Continue reading to watch a grand video tour of these micro apartments. Click here to view more pictures.

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Slide House

Most homes have stairs connecting multiple floors, but this apartment by Ki Design Studio has a giant slide. It's located on the top floor of a 20th-century building in the Ukrainian capital, and before the renovation, a single staircase connected the ground floor to the upper level. After the renovation, a new staircase, along with a slide that descends from the top floor, through the kitchen and into the living room below, were added. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Floating Ark

The Ark is essentially a floating hotel that's designed to be a bioclimatic house with independent life-support systems, including elements ensuring a closed-functioning cycle. It can be built in various climates, a well as seismically dangerous regions since the basement area is a shell structure, without ledges or angles. A complex load-bearing system of arches and cables offer weight redistribution along the entire corpus in case of an earthquake. The shell-shaped design makes installing photovoltaic cells at an optimal angle toward the sun, a breeze, while the upper cupola part, collects warm air in seasonal heat accumulators to provide an uninterrupted energy supply for the whole complex independently from outer environmental conditions. Illuminated areas on the interior create well-lit places for growing plants at any time of day. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the first Suicide Squad trailer.

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Wolverine 3D Printer

Gone are the days of $10,000+ 3D printers, and the $2,300 Solus DLP 3D Printer shows us exactly why. With the addition of an HD projector, this device is able to print down to 25 micron XY resolution with features below 100 microns. Thanks to smooth linear motion, stable construction, and low-energy peeling, Solus produces prints with a surface finish quality usually only found on much more expensive printers. Continue reading to see more awesome things made with this printer.

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Animal Human Eye

Photo credit: Flora Bosi via My Modern Met

Artist Flora Borsi specializes in creating surreal portraits, and without the use of Photoshop. This self taught artist used animals for her latest series, titled "Animeyed," in which she replaced one human eye with an animal counterpart. The profile of each animal is perfectly aligned with Borso's own human models to evoke a fantastical mood. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Ferrari Manifesto

Ferrari has just announced the winners of their 2015 Top Design School Contest, which is open to students of design-oriented Universities. Entrants had to basically show how they envisioned Ferrari vehicles would look in the year 2040. From the 50 initial participants, only 4 design schools made it to the final round. This year's winner is the Manifesto (above), and designed by six students at the ISD-Rubika at Valenciennes, France. The team that drew up this concept vehicle is made up of six students - Michael Barthly, Grimaud Gervex, Jean Baptise Epinat, Michael Kalyvianakis, Stanislas Oleksiak and William Stock. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Kylo Ren going undercover.

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Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker

The Star Wars Death Star Waffle Maker is no longer a concept, and is now available for purchase. It's officially licensed, and comes complete with fully operational features: a regulating thermostat to ensure even browning, five temperature settings for preferred waffle crispness, a dual-indicator LED light lets you know when the iron is hot and when the waffle is ready. When not in use, it can stand upright. Get one here now. Continue reading for more simple, yet clever, product ideas.

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