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Cube Home

It looks to be a scene straight from an apocalyptic movie, but this home is no optical illusion generated by digital artists. Atelier 8000, a Czech architectural, has constructed a cubical home set on its side, called the Kezmarske Hut. It was built to provide sustainable, year-round, off-the-grid shelter for adventurers. Its unique exterior consists of aluminum, glass, and photovoltaic panels. Plus, there's also a wraparound patio for when the weather gets warmer. Continue reading for more images and information.

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App Developer Mobile Office

Photo credit: David McKinney

Whether if you're self-employed or can work remotely, being stuck at home all day and night can get tedious. David McKinney, an app developer for social media website Product Hunt, decided to mix things up a bit by transforming a Ford Transit van into a mobile office. He says, "It has all the usual office things like Wi-Fi, AC power, and a desk for working. It also has a couch for thinking, a view, and fresh air. And it's always near the ocean or a place for exploring. I think most things around us can be designed to be better for people. Here's my take on the modern office - a better place to do good work." Continue reading for more images of the build process.

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W House

The HouseW in Duiven, The Netherlands, seamlessly blends old architecture with modern style. According to the architects (Studio Prototype), the facade consists of "diagonal directions and is translated to a timber cladding of western red cedar battens. They are as slender as possible, creating tension with the heavy brick of the existing dwelling. Aluminum profiles are used to attain subtle transitions between materials and spaces. The diagonal pattern is opened up on several strategic positions, working as a privacy screen." Continue reading for more.

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Apple Ranch Home

Apple isn't known for designing homes (ever), but that doesn't mean the company won't delve into the industry sooner than later. This is what a ranch home designed by the likes of Peter Bohlin (architect behind many of the Apple Stores), would probably look like. This owner commissioned Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects to create the "Hupomone Ranch", a living space nestled on a sprawling 160 acres in California's Chileno Valley. Continue reading for more images and information.

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Hidden Pool

Have more money than you know what to do with? Then a hidden pool might be just what your mansion needs. At the push of a button, the pool deck automatically descends and water fills in the void left behind - push it again to hide everything. The mechanically-controlled platforms can also double as steps down into the water, as each pool is custom built. Continue reading for more.

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Tiny NYC Home

Photo credit: BI

New York City isn't known for sprawling mansions, but for what little space is available, there are some tiny dream lofts, such as this one. Designed by the team at Specht Harpman Architects, this 425-square-foot space, no larger than many living rooms, located at the top of a six-story brownstone, has 25 feet of vertical space and even access to a rooftop. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny internet trolls gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a baby owl that does something unexpected with a GoPro.

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Living Room Pit

Designer Simon Woodroffe decided to go the high-tech route when creating this sunken living room. At the touch of a button, or the pull of a handle, twelve moving parts transform the tiny apartment into a luxurious living space with all the amenities you'd expect from a 5-star hotel. Measuring just 262 square-feet, this dynamic living space comes complete with a master suite, second bedroom, sunken sitting room, cinema, dining room, office, full size kitchen, breakfast room, bathroom/spa, party room, wine cellar and storage. Continue reading for more.

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Dumpster Home

Dr. Jeff Wilson has been living in a 33-square-foot dumpster for The Dumpster Project since February 4, 2014. It's essentially an ongoing experiment in minimalism at the Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. He plans on upgrading the dumpster through three phases: dumpster camping, average American dumpster home, and uber dumpster. This current phase (phase two) features air conditioning, basic appliances and amenities, and water and power connections. Continue reading to see how it stands today.

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Corner Cutting Board

Hate using a cutting board that takes up your entire counter? Then this corner cutting board is just for you. Simply secure it to a corner, and you'll be ready to start cutting / chopping / cooking. Other ingenious things you could do include: putting power outlets inside drawers, adding a half table to your bathroom for extra storage space, building a free library for friends / neighbors, and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Amazing Wall Mural

Want to paint something on your wall, but have absolutely not drawing skills or art experience? Then use a projector to project whatever it is you want to draw, onto a wall, after it's been converted into a bitmap image for scaling purposes. Next, dim the lights and start carefully painting. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a robotic dolphin and flying water car.

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