6 Awesome Mancaves With Hidden Entrances

Checklists for designing and building the perfect chill spot in a home should all include the same essential elements: Comfortable seating, space for entertaining guests, and a secret entrance. A mancave without a secret entrance is basically just a basement, and no one has enjoyed hanging out in a basement since That '70s Show. Classic hidden door mechanisms like rotating bookcases and trick wall panels never get old, but pop culture has also inspired people to be more creative with their upgraded spaces. Here are six cool mancaves that will inspire you to call a contractor.


Nothing says fandom quite like spending $50,000 to replicate the world of your favorite role-playing fantasy video game in the basement of your home. It’s pretty cool that this guy’s father was on board to help bring this dream to life with such attention to detail, and that his wife saw the vision and wanted to help with the design.



After a long day of work, it sometimes feels nice to just throw on a robe and sneak into your dimly lit smoking lounge for a cigar and a glass of cognac. The vintage map, model ship, and electric fireplace work perfectly in the small space, and the Raiders of the Lost Ark idol replica is a nice touch.


Batman’s secret headquarters is one of the most iconic hidden spaces in pop culture history, and Elite Home Theater Seating did a great job capturing the essence of the cave for this concept space (which was later built somewhere in Greenwich, Connecticut). From the stalactite ceilings to the alcoves that display a replica of the Tumbler and other Dark Knight paraphernalia, Bruce Wayne himself would love to spend some quality brooding time here. The kicker is that this theater can only be accessed through a Batman-themed study, where a grandfather clock hides a fingerprint scanner-controlled elevator.


You don’t have to be a member of the Fellowship to appreciate how cool this is—though some knowledge of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings series is helpful to understand the design. The owner of the magical door says that a voice-activated control is coming soon (in the novel the word “mellon” opens the door), but we think it’s cool just the way it is.


Hidden rooms with sliding doors automatically feel cooler because it’s such a mysterious and spy-worthy feature. The company that made this video owns the domain, which showcases other examples of their work. This particular room is in the home of an unnamed Hollywood producer.


Having a replica of the TARDIS from Doctor Who in the corner of a room isn’t the most inconspicuous thing someone can do, but even fans of the show who know that the police box is bigger on the inside wouldn’t expect to find this. Designed by the Maryland-based Gramophone, this TARDIS leads to a full home theater with a 100” screen, starry ceiling, and other sci-fi-influenced features that would make any Whovian envious.

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Buckingham Palace Was Built With Jurassic Fossils, Scientists Find

The UK's Buckingham Palace is a vestige from another era, and not just because it was built in the early 18th century. According to a new study, the limestone used to construct it is filled with the fossilized remains of microbes from the Jurassic period of 200 million years ago, as The Telegraph reports.

The palace is made of oolitic limestone, which consists of individual balls of carbonate sediment called ooids. The material is strong but lightweight, and is found worldwide. Jurassic oolite has been used to construct numerous famous buildings, from those in the British city of Bath to the Empire State Building and the Pentagon.

A new study from Australian National University published in Scientific Reports found that the spherical ooids in Buckingham Palace's walls are made up of layers and layers of mineralized microbes. Inspired by a mathematical model from the 1970s for predicting the growth of brain tumors, the researchers created a model that explains how ooids are created and predicts the factors that limit their ultimate size.

A hand holding a chunk of oolite limestone
Australian National University

They found that the mineralization of the microbes forms the central core of the ooid, and the layers of sediment that gather around that core feed those microbes until the nutrients can no longer reach the core from the outermost layer.

This contrasts with previous research on how ooids form, which hypothesized that they are the result of sediment gathered from rolling on the ocean floor. It also reshapes how we think about the buildings made out of oolitic limestone from this period. Next time you look up at the Empire State Building or Buckingham Palace, thank the ancient microbes.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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5 Scrapped Designs for the World's Most Famous Buildings
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When an architect gets commissioned to build a skyscraper or a memorial, they’re usually not the only applicant for the job. Other teams of designers submit their own ideas for how it should look, too, but these are eventually passed over in favor of the final design. This is the case for some of the world’s most recognizable landmarks—in an alternate world, the Arc de Triomphe might have been a three-story-tall elephant statue, and the Lincoln Memorial a step pyramid.

GoCompare, a comparison site for financial services, dug into these could-have-been designs for Alternate Architecture, an illustrated collection of scrapped designs for some of the most famous structures in the world, from Chicago's Tribune Tower to the Sydney Opera House.

Click through the interactive graphic below to explore rejected designs for all five landmarks.


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