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CURA Shipping Container Hospital
Shipping container have been used to create homes, coffee shops, and now, hospitals. Called CURA (Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments), this makeshift hospital packs an intensive care unit, complete with extractors to create negative air pressure, inside a 20-foot shipping container that can be transported anywhere and deployed in just a few hours. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Famous Logo Homes
Photo credit: Karina Wiciak / Wamhouse
Ever wonder what famous logos would look like if they were turned into livable homes? If so, then wonder no more, as designer Karina Wiciak has made them a digital reality. She came up with the Trihouse (Adidas), Crosshouse (Chevrolet), Rhombhouse (Renault) and Pyrahouse (Mitsubishi). The Crosshouse above is basically a floating home and the entire front façade of the 2637-square-foot structure is made of glass. Inhabitants get an unobstructed view of two mezzanine levels, which feature a large kitchen, dining room, living room and a library with a study. Step towards the back and you’ll find the bedrooms and bathrooms. Read more for additional pictures.

White House Penthouse India
Bangalore may contain some of India’s most luxurious mansions, but this one could top them all, literally. Vijay Mallya, chairman of United Breweries Group, wanted his very own White House replica, and by 2016, his penthouse atop Kingfisher Tower in the heart of Bangalore City was nearly finished. Unfortunately, financial woes and money laundering charges made him flee to the UK, leaving his mansion unfinished. Read more for a video and additional information.

Offshore Oil Rig Home Hotel
Photo credit: XTU Architects
Technically speaking, an offshore oil rig or platform is a large structure with facilities for well drilling to explore, extract, store, and process petroleum as well as natural gas that lies in rock formations beneath the seabed. These also contain facilities to accommodate their workforce, with most engaging in activities on the continental shelf, though they can also be used in lakes, inshore waters, and inland seas. Read more to see what they would look like as homes and hotels.

The Edge Hudson Yards
Cantilevered off the side of Kohn Pedersen Fox’s 30 Hudson Yards, The Edge hovers 1,131 feet above Manhattan. It’s currently the highest observation deck in the Western Hemisphere and the platform offers breathtaking views of New York City, New Jersey, and beyond. For those who aren’t afraid of heights, the glass floor lets you look down directly onto Midtown buildings and the streets below. Read more for two videos and additional information.

$22-Million Estate Florida Race Track
Called “The Oaks,” this $22-million estate is located on Lake Thonotosassa and is one of the largest homes in the county. Featuring 600 trees, 8 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, 14 half-baths, a stable / barn, grazing pasture, two-story boat dock with boat lift, 20 car showroom garage, two-story guest house, pool house, walking trail, an 11,000-square-foot workshop, and coolest of all, a private race track. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

Amazon Jeff Bezos Chartwell Estate
Photo credit: Hilton & Hyland
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has just acquired David Geffen’s Beverly Hills estate for $165-million. This 9-acre property this week belonged to the Warner Bros. founder and president, Jack L. Warner, in the 1930s, and is currently the most expensive home in Los Angeles. The previous most expensive property sale was last year’s $150 million purchase of the Bel-Air Chartwell estate, as seen on “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Read more for an in-depth tour of the Chartwell Estate.

Tesla Designed Home
Photo credit: Ivan Venkov
Industrial designer Ivan Venkov specializes in architecture, and his latest concept draws inspiration from Tesla vehicles, or so we’d like to think. Starting with the smooth lines that lead up to a roof covered entirely in solar panels, this home just oozes sleekness and minimalism. The goal was to create modular spaces that can be used for more than just a single purpose. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Concrete House Volcano Bond
Photo credit: Mohtashami Reza
Sure, there’s James Bond, but this franchise’s novels and films are probably most notable for their despicable villains as well as henchmen. Whether it be Le Chiffre’s encounter with Bond in the original Casino Royale novel in 1953 to Raoul Silva’s scheme to exact revenge on M in Skyfall, his enemies have greatly contributed to the series’ continued popularity. Read more for additional pictures of the “Concrete House”, which is built into the side of a volcano.

Arctic Bath Hotel Sweden
Photo credit: Anders Blomqvist / Arctic Bath
The floating Arctic Bath spa and hotel has just opened on the Lule River in the Swedish Lapland. It’s located right under the northern lights during the winter and midnight sun in the summer months. The design itself resembles a giant circular bird’s nest and alternates between a frozen or floating state depending on the season. Read more for additional pictures and information.