Photo credit: Roman Vlasov
Designer Roman Vlasov’s Concept 439 appears to be a floating house that appears to defy gravity, but it’s all just a clever illusion. Perfect for a super villain, it’s nestled securely to the rocky shoreline, while extending beyond the coast to give its inhabitants a panoramic view of the landscape.
Called Hadrian X, this massive brick-laying system consists of a 98-foot robotic arm mounted on a truck that is guided by motion sensors. How does it know where to lay the bricks? It comes loaded with a digital blueprint, and can auto-correct its position 1,000 times a second.
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Your eyes aren’t playing tricks, the Dujiangyan Zhongshuge bookstore, nicknamed “Magic Castle”, located in southwest China’s Sichuan province, appears to be filled to brim with never ending publications. To be more specific, it’s home to over 80,000 volumes in more than 20,000 genres, and looks the way it does using black-tiled floors, paired with mirrored ceilings, resulting in an infinity mirror-like effect.
Photo credit: Milad Eshtiyaghi
Located in Quadra Island, British Columbia, Canada, the “Mountain House” by architect Milad Eshtiyaghi may seem perilous, but this cliff hanging living space offers unparalleled views of its surroundings. The idea stems from the fact that its base was already there on the site of four old trees, so the architect wanted to build around them and make the space between, a backyard of sorts
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Measuring 1,692-feet long, Arouca 516 in Portugal is now the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge. It sits 574-feet above the Paiva River and is now open to the public, built at a cost of around $2.8-million USD. The structure itself is supported by two V-shaped concrete towers, and will takes approximately 10 minutes to cross. To keep guests safe, the floor and side railings are made of rugged metal grids, which also provide expansive views of mountains and river gorge.