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This Floating Glass Hotel Will Let You See Northern Lights In Luxury

If you dream of watching the Northern Lights in decadent style, then you should wait until 2017 — when this wonderful, floating, snowflake-shaped hotel will be ready in the icy reaches of northern Norway.


The Lattice Of Tubes Covering This Building Are A Natural AC System

If you have ever sweated through a summer in the city, you can thank those skyscrapers all around. Tall buildings trap heat that create urban heat islands. But what if you could create a building that cools the city instead? A building skin made of a series of tubes with evaporating rainwater can do just that.


The UK Is Getting A Spaceport Too

The UK may have a spaceport within four years — and it will probably be in the northern reaches of Scotland. The plan to have a UK spaceport up and running by 2018 is expected to be announced by the government’s science minister this week, with six potential sites — four of which are in rural Scotland, where it won’t matter so much if spaceplanes crash back to earth — on the shortlist.


The Rotating Building Where The Offices Of The Future Will Be Tested

High up in the hills of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory sit four square, blue buildings you’d be forgiven for finding nondescript. Inside, they’re decorated with drab grey carpet familiar to any cubicle worker. But it’s the buildings’ electronic guts that make them unique in the whole world. These labs — including one that rotates 270 degrees — are where office buildings of the future will be tested.


These GIFs Turn Famous Buildings Into Shape-Shifting Toys

Buildings: they are giant and they are unmoving (for the most part). But what if you could play with them as freely as a Lego set? That seems like the kind of fun Axel de Stampa had when creating this series of super-fun GIFs.


The Surreal Site Of Skyscrapers Encased In Coloured Fabric

When a building is under construction, we’re used to the site of scaffolding partially encaging the structure. In Hong Kong, the tradition is to completely wrap even the most immense buildings in sheets of fabric. Photographer Peter Steinhauer documents these colourful monoliths in stunning detail.


Sliding Roof Makes Living In A Glass House Just Perfect

Living in a glass house is cool, but it has its own inconveniences. That’s why this sliding roof is such a good idea. It gives you privacy, protects you from the heat in summer and the cold in winter. So when the weather is perfect and no one is looking you know what to do.


Watch A Tornado Destroy A Children's Playground

Video: This is sad. Security camera footage shows a children’s playground in Tupelo, Mississippi being destroyed by a tornado. It’s not like the playground is some sort of impenetrable fortress but the winds of the twister monster pretty much levels it in minutes.


Who Invented The Elevator?

The history of the elevator, if you define it as a platform that can move people and objects up and down, is actually a rather long one. Rudimentary elevators are known to have been in use in ancient Rome as far back as 336 BC, with the first reference of one built by the talented Archimedes.


This Japanese House Is Entirely Clad In Aluminium

Talk about tin foil hats: this house is for the truly paranoid. Sitting in a small provincial town near Tokyo, this house is clad entirely in a soft metallic coat of aluminium.