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Stairway House Japan
Photo credit: Daici Ano & Takumi Ota / Nendo
Located in Shinjuku, Japan, Nendo’s “Stairway House” consists of three levels and steps that appear to be an optical illusion. However, it was designed to cut through the entire building’s facade to expand further out to join the environs and the city. These interior steps are made of steel, while the outdoor area is made from concrete. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Shark Fin Hair Dryer
Photo credit: Sangheum Park
The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer may increase hair smoothness by 75%, shine by up to 132%, and decrease frizz and flyaways by up to 61%, but it just doesn’t look as cool as this shark fin-inspired creation by Sangheum Park. The shark fin is the actual hair dryer, while the wireless charging pad resembles the waves you’d see in the ocean. Read more for additional pictures.

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.

Citizens of Earth UFO Texas
Photo credit: Marc Thorpe
Your eyes aren’t playing tricks, Marc Thorpe has proposed an installation for the city of Marfa, Texas titled “Citizens of Earth,” and it’s not to pay tribute to flying saucers, but rather show why international borders are useless in the 21st century. It would be located in a desert community around 20-miles outside of Marfa, right on the border of Mexico and the United States. Read more for another picture 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.

IKEA SAVA Pizza Table
Have you always wanted a life-sized version of those tiny plastic stools found inside pizza boxes? Well, IKEA partnered with Pizza Hut Hong Kong to make it happen. It’s called the “Säva Pizza Table,” and has a three legged design, along with a circular top sporting Pizza Hut’s logo. It even comes in a pizza box, but you’ll have to assemble this one yourself. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.

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.

3D-Printed N95 Coronavirus Mask
Designer and 3D-printing expert Danielle Baskin is offering custom N95 respirator masks that are not only smartphone-friendly, but protect against the coranovirus as well. Simply put, it prints a high-definition image of the mouth and nose onto disposable N95 respirator masks, thus enabling Facial ID software in the latest smartphones to recognize the wearer without them having to remove it. Read more for additional pictures and information.