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1. A cinematic effect that will surely give you the heeby jeebies!
While the idea of watching a movie inside of a centipede may sound like fiction straight out of Alice in Wonderland, it’s actually a very real experience currently available in Guimarães, Portugal. Colin Fournier of the Bartlett School of Architecture has joined creative forces with Polish artist Marysia Lewandowska and London studio NEON to create a free-standing “Centipede Cinema” to help in celebrating the city’s title as the 2012 European Capital of Culture. Enter the cork structure via one of 16 nozzles and become a living part of the sculpture while taking in the theatrics.

1) A cinematic effect that will surely give you the heeby jeebies!
© Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London
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© Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London

2. Why don’t you just build a bridge and jump over it?
Bridges are for crossing things: rivers, lakes, Niagara Falls, you name it. They’re about as practical as practical comes. But what if you could throw convention out the window and bounce your way across the next divide? French architecture firm Atelier Zündel Cristea wants to make that dream a reality, having proposed an inflatable trampoline bridge that would let visitors spring their way across Paris’s Seine River. All that would be needed to bring the bridge to life is giant rings inflated with 130,000 cubic feet of air, and a few 100-foot wide mesh trampolines.

trampoline bridge
© Atelier Zündel Cristea
trampoline bridge
© Atelier Zündel Cristea

“It appears to us that Paris has the bridges and passages necessary for the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic across its waterways,” says Atelier Zündel Cristea. “Our intention is to invite its visitors and inhabitants to engage on a newer and more playful path across this same water." We hope Parisians get this liberal dose of fun injected into their morning commute soon!

trampoline bridge
© Atelier Zündel Cristea

3.  One small step for mankind, one giant leap for cling wrap!
Ever wondered how it would feel to walk on clouds? “On Space Time Foam,” an exhibition by Argentinian installation artist Tomás Saraceno, is your golden opportunity. This 1,312 square-foot installation constructed entirely out of a thin, clear film is suspended 65 feet in the air at the Hangar Bicocca in Milan and offers an unparalleled, gravity-defying experience for its visitors.


4. When illusion meets technology meets media meets magic
If today’s digital gizmos aren’t magic enough already, imagine what can happen when they make their way into the hands of a professional (and extremely tech-savvy)  illusionist. But don’t go conjuring images of capes, doves and playing cards.

Marco Tempest has a very rare title on his business card: Technollusionist and Cyber Musician. Blending digital media with hocus pocus, he gives audiences a glimpse into a crystal ball of technology’s ever-evolving future. Marco’s award-winning television series The Virtual Magician is currently airing in over 48 countries.

Insider Tip: Click here for the less showy secret to Tempest’s iOS screen magic above.


5. Cocoon Tree: for your inner Tarzan
If you didn’t have a tree house of your own as a kid, you surely dreamt of one. Heck, many adults still wouldn’t mind having access to an arboreal abode. For those who’d still like to share some real estate with the birds, we present you the Cocoon Tree, a floating spherical aluminum tree house — completely waterproof — that may just be the next big thing in adult-sleepover technology.

cocoon tree
© cocoontree.com
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