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Cargo Van Home

Filmmaker Zach Both wanted a tiny home and studio that could go anywhere. So, he converted an empty cargo van into a living space / work studio. On the outside, it looks like a typical van, but inside, you'll find a plush bed, kitchenette set, and even a home theater system. Plus, it comes outfitted with mobile Wi-Fi, solar panels and metal body panels turned chalkboards for easy note taking and storyboarding. Continue reading for images of the entire build and more information.

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Steel Shed Cabin

Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, this structure in Washington may appear to be a steel shed at first, but step inside, and you'll see it's the perfect weekend getaway. Its steel exterior can easily slide across all the windows, and mechanically controlled using a wheel. The entire cabin was built on elevated stilts to prevent flooding during inclement weather, while the multi-level interior boasts timber panels that line the floor, walls and ceiling. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an explosive way to demolish a bridge.

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Freeform 3D-Printed House

WATG Urban Architecture reveals the world's first freeform 3D-printed house. Despite looking like a futuristic spacecraft, it features a modern interior core and an exterior skin comprised of rolling archways that provide an organic feel and "rethink[s] traditional architectural aesthetics, ergonomics, construction, building systems, and structure from the ground up," according to the press release. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus 3D-printing disasters.

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Water Ripple Bench

Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka may not be a waterbender, but he does specialize in creating water-themed home pieces, like this amazing bench. During the casting process, gold brass is melted in a 1100° furnace, poured into a sand mold, left to cool, and then polished by experienced craftsmen to create its shimmering gold surface. Continue reading for a few "making of" pictures and information.

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Peugeot L500 R Hybrid

Paying homage to the Peugeot L45 from 1916, the futuristic-looking, 2,205-pound L500 R Hybrid boasts a plug-in hybrid powertrain, developed by Peugeot Sport Teams. It consists of a 266-horsepower petrol engine and two electric motors, one on each axle, generating a combined 493-horsepower and 730 pound-feet of torque, good for a 0-60mph time of 2.5 seconds. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Floatwing Home

Love traveling, but hate being tied down to living in just one place? Meet "Floatwing". This off-the-grid home can produce up to 100 percent of its annual energy needs over 6-months, thanks to solar panels, a wastewater treatment plant with advanced tertiary treatment, a mini supply water treatment plant, and stored fuel. It's comprised of two levels: a long floating deck and the accessible upper deck that doubles as a roof. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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X-Float Home

Love cruising, and just relaxing by the river? If so, then you'll definitely want to look into these X-Float prefab homes by architecture firm Agaligo Studio. Located on the River Kwai in Thailand, each one of these living spaces offer plenty of floor-to-ceiling glazed windows for breathtaking water / mountain views, especially while up on the rooftop terrace. Continue reading for 9 more pictures and information.

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Wooden VW Beetle

Most retired auto enthusiasts prefer to spend their time cruising back roads or just relaxing at home, but Bosnian pensioner Momir Bojic had other things in mind. This 73-year-old spent two years creating a stunning Volkswagen Beetle covered with over 50,000 handcrafted oak shingles. It's not just for show, as the car is fully-functional, and can be driven on the road without any problems. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a neodymium magnet that finally defeats the almighty hydraulic press.

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3D Printed Building

Dubai unveiled the first fully 3D-printed and completely functional building earlier this week, marking an architectural and engineering breakthrough. Called the "Office of the Future," this structure is located on the Emirates Towers premises and will be the temporary home of the Dubai Future Foundation. Continue reading for a video walkthrough and more information.

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Human Skull Armchair

Photo credit: Greg Home

You've seen the geometric skull armchair, now check out Gregory Besson's version. This Paris-based artist decided to use fiberglass and handcraft a giant skull, giving a ghost-like white bleached design, while adding high-quality leather to keep things comfortable. For those who'd rather use this at a Halloween decoration, adding LED eyes might not be such a bad idea. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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