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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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Audi Electric Truck

If Audi teamed up with Apple to create an electric big rig, it would probably look something like this sleek silver design above by Belarusian designer Artem Smirnov and Ukrainian 3D modeler Vladimir Panchenko. This fully autonomous Audi truck comes equipped with a swappable battery pack and a deployable spoiler integrated into the cargo box to improve highway aerodynamics. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images of the second design.

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Piano Computer Desk

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Artist / musician Jonathan Miranda Sickmeyer picked up a 1907 Upright Piano from someone off Craigslist who just wanted to get rid of it, and after lots of work, a stunning computer desk ensued. "I was able to trace the piano's serial number back to its date of creation, 1907. All the more so I was excited about this. You see, I am a veteran who appreciates this country's history. And to find an antique that has seen the years of WWI, The Great Depression, WWII, etc. was just amazing," said Sickmeyer. Continue reading to see the entire build process from start to finish. Click here for a few more bonus unusual piano designs.

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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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Etch Clock

When turned off, Etch Clock looks like a blank stone encased in an aluminum frame, but at the push of a button its thermo-elastic membrane comes alive and molds to form tiny digital characters that tell the current time. It was created by Swiss design firm, measures 40 x 40cm, and weighs approximately 6kg. You can either mount it to a wall, or place the clock on a desk, while an accompanying mobile iOS / Android app lets users choose between two ways of displaying the time: "Sync & Go," which show the time every 30 seconds, and "Sync & Sensor," a mode that shows the time every 30-seconds only if it senses noise. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus things you might want, but probably don't need.

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Cube Kube Concrete Home

The KUBE looks exactly like it sounds at first, a concrete cube, but step inside? You'll realize it's actually a minimalist, yet modern, home. Featuring an open studio apartment-like design, with a second story loft area for sleeping. During the day, massive windows near the dining area allow natural light to soak in, while providing stunning lake views. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an NYC driver that managed to hit 240 green lights in a row.

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Optical Illusion Rooms

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Austrian artist Peter Kogler uses a combination of stickers and projections to create mind-bending optical illusion rooms. At first glance, the image above may appear to be the work of Photoshop, but they are just simple decals that have been plastered all over the floor and walls. His installations can be found mainly at building lobbies and transit centers. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus 3D street art illusions.

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Mercedes-Benz E-Truck

Designed by Francisco Calado, the Mercedes-Benz E-truck is basically a compressed liquids transporter powered by 10 cylindrical batteries, which makes it fully electric. Thanks to its low drag coefficient, it's reportedly capable of achieving high speeds, while blocking side winds. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for bonus images of a normal Mercedes-Benz turned monster truck.

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Armadillo Tent

Unusual, yet eye-catching, the Armadillo Tea Canopy can be setup and used as just a quiet place for relaxation, with tables placed underneath, or if the occasion calls, a small concert. It's comprised of five molded shells connected using modular components that can be expanded with ease. This free-standing structure eliminates the need for third-party materials, and the shells themselves can be finished to the buyer's liking, with oiled plywood, PVDF-coated timber composite, etc. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Mercedes Aerodynamic Limousine

Citroen automotive designer Roman Egorov has created the Mercedes-Benz Aerodynamic Limousine for his thesis project. It's based on the traditional three-box limousine, but with the aerodynamic profile of a modern supercar. What he ended up with is a vehicle that The channels air from the "Wind Tunnel Grille" through a cutout in the hood, over the roof and through an open aerodynamic opening to exit at the rear. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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