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Skypod Elevator Vertical Maglev
PLP Architecture breaks away from traditional elevator designs for their SkyPod project. How so? This innovative elevator travels outside of buildings and the cars can twist, turn and maneuver in any direction required. It does this by running on a track embedded onto the building’s façade. Riders won’t be flipping all over the place because the system runs like a gyroscope in which it is fully stabilized and always horizontal, while the track section is what rotates. Read more for a video and additional information.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Mansion Airbnb
This is not an early April Fools’ Day joke, the California mansion made famous by the external shots featured in the 1990-1996 sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is being listed on Airbnb by star Will Smith. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the sitcom, a few lucky guests will be able to book one of five available nights at the “Freshest Los Angeles Mansion Around” and get to spend a night in a wing of the home that has been decked out in the famous 1990s style favored by Smith’s character. Read more for a house tour, additional pictures and information.

Apple Marina Bay Sands Floating Sphere Singapore
Apple Marina Bay Sands has opened to the public and it’s the Apple Store to sit directly on the water. The floating sphere is entirely surrounded by water and provides uninterrupted 360-degree panoramic views of the city as well as its breathtaking skyline. This all-glass dome structure is fully self-supported and consists of 114 pieces of glass with only 10 narrow vertical mullions for structural connection. Read more for a look inside, additional pictures and information.

Submarine Tiny House
Photo credit: Living Big in a Tiny House
At first glance, you may think this is a decommissioned submarine sitting out in the forest, but upon closer inspection, you’ll realize that it’s actually a tiny house. Couple Keith and Jen created this yellow submarine-shaped tiny house in their very own backyard. The cylindrical shape is based on a small grain silo, which eventually turned into the creation that you see here. Read more for a video tour and additional information.

Step Bridge Voringsfossen Norway
If you’ve always wanted to visit Norway or want to make another trip there, be sure to add the Vøringsfossen bridge to your bucket list. This architectural masterpiece lets you climb over the 535-foot Vøringsfossen waterfall situated high above the idyllic Måbødalen valley. It was designed by architect Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk and seamlessly fuses the natural as well as the man-made. Read more for a video and additional information.

Largest 3D Printer Europe House
Kamp C in Westerlo, Belgium recently welcomed the largest 3D concrete printer in Europe to create a 2-story house as part of its C3PO project. It spans ​​ninety square meters and is three times stronger than a traditional brick house, thanks to the compressive strength of the material. Aside from the fibers in the concrete, only minimal shrinkage reinforcement was used, since this printing technique does not require concrete formwork. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Marchi House 33 Renault Symbioz
Photo credit: Marchi Architect / Fernando Guerra
Marchi Architects built a house specially for the Renault Symbioz, which is an all-electric, autonomous and fully connected vehicle. The Symbioz features a cabin that feels like home and has been designed for autonomous motoring, as while on the road, it becomes an extension of the home. When parked inside the home, it doubles as a multi-purpose room. Called “House 33”, this single-story structure, located in Parigny, France, is fully glazed, but crowned with a metallic cylinder on its roof. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Gate Tower Building Highway Japan
Photo credit: Viajero_Total
You may have seen photos of a building with an actual highway passing through it, and for those who have always wanted to visit, just head on over to the Gate Tower Building in Fukushima-ku, Osaka, Japan. This 16-floor office building has an Ikeda Route highway offramp that passes directly through the building. More specifically, it passes through the 5th-7th floors of this building. Read more for two videos and additional information.

Apple Central World Thailand
Photo credit: NN744234
Apple Central World is now the second and largest retail location in Thailand, located in the heart of Ratchaprasong, Bangkok’s famous intersection. It also has the first-ever all-glass design, housed under a cantilevered Tree Canopy roof spanning two levels via a spiral staircase that wraps around a timber core. Or, you can ride a stunning cylindrical elevator clad in mirror-polished stainless steel. Read more for a video tour, additional pictures and information.

Longest Glass Bridge China
The world’s longest glass bridge has officially opened at the Huangchuan Three Gorges Scenic Area in Lianzhou, Southern China. Measuring 1,726-feet long, the bridge is even wide enough for cars to safely drive across. Should you decide to walk across it, the Lianjiang River will be visible below. There are four observation decks in the center section that can hold 500 people at once. Read more for a video and additional information.