From a house built upside-down to one resembling a toilet, here’s a look at some of the most impressive yet odd feats of home designs around the world.
Transparent House, Japan
Built by Sou Fujimoto Architects, this 914 square-foot transparent house was inspired by ancient predecessors who inhabited trees. While so-called “House NA” offers plenty of daylight, expect no privacy here.
World’s slimmest house, known as the Keret House, this space is used as artist’s residence. The artist lives here a few days a week and, given the size and structure of this space, it can’t really be considered a full-time residence. The architect that designed the space has been working at this project for three years and finds it very interesting. He was inspired by the work of Israeli writer Etgar Keret, who writes extremely short stories.
Hobbit House, Wales
Back in 2003, Simon Dale undertook the mammoth task of building a low impact living house for him and his family. Influenced by the Lord of the Rings franchise, Dale went about building a cosy hobbit home after purchasing 7 acres of land and £3000 worth of materials. After 4 months of rigorous labor, the home was completed and it must be said, it is a sight to behold.
Flintstones House, Japan
The single-story structure with it’s rocky interior looks just like the home of Fred and Wilma from the classic 60′s cartoon, Flintstone. This real world version of the Flintstones’ home has one bedroom and two bathrooms, a fireplace and several large glass windows offering views of city lights and sunsets as well as Serrano Valley, the Boney Mountains, the Channel Islands and the Pacific Ocean.
Shoe House, USA
Built in 1948 by Mahlon N. Haines or, as he was often known, the “Shoe Wizard of York” the “Shoe House” was an outlandish example of mimetic architecture. The Shoe House is perhaps the most long lived reminder of Haines. A stucco covered wood frame building it is some 49 feet long and 25 feet high containing three beds, two baths, a kitchen and a living room across five levels.
Dumpster Home, Brooklyn
Gregory Kloehn is designer from California that turned an old dumpster into his Brooklyn home. It might be a ‘dump’ but he’s added all of the necessary amenities to a good apartment, he’s got a microwave, mini-stove, some storage space, and even a tiny little toilette!
Home on Rock, Serbia
Some homes are built in the most unlikely of places, like this shack built on a boulder in the Drina River near the western Serbian town of Bajina Basta. A group of young men constructed the wooden shelter in 1986 as a place to hang out.
Skate House, Malibu
Every person has their passions and crazy ideas that they would love to explore. For the owners of these homes, the passion is skateboarding so they wanted these spaces to reflect that. It is the PAS House. It was designed as a continuous skateable space. It goes from one end to the other and it’s similar to a ribbon. The PAS House was designed by Gil Lebon Delapointe and architect Francois Perrin.
Tree House, Portland
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, this house can be seen in Portland, Oregon and it’s a celebration of the natural environment that surrounds it. To make it integrate into the landscape even better, the architect used features such as walls of grass and organic shapes throughout. The walls, the ceilings and the floors are all made of natural wood. Other materials used include natural stone. It took the architect several years to complete this project but the results are stunning.
Seashell House, Mexico
It is called The Nautilus House. Located near Mexico City the Nautilius House is an amazing creation developed by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain. It is a unique shell shaped house, innovative, unusual and audacious. In this work the floor is the logarithmic spiral, adapting itself to the land. Work on the scale model generated many changes to find the volume which required the building.
Train Car Home, Portland
In Portland, there’s a train that was converted into a home. The 807 square ft. was completely transformed and redesigned. It was converted into a home with living space, sleeping areas, bathroom and kitchen. Since technically it’s not a real estate, there are no property taxes. The train home is currently listed at $225,000.
Eco Friendly Underground Home
Designed by Make Architects for green enthusiast and British football star Gary Neville, the one-story, nearly 8,000 sq ft structure has been designed to be beautiful and functional while keeping energy consumption to a minimum. The rooms of this house were organized around a central kitchen and they each resemble a petal. Together they form a flower shape.
It’s a low-maintenance and Eco-friendly house. It was built using locally-sourced materials and traditional building methods. It was almost entirely built into the hillside and it seamlessly disappears into the landscape. When seen from above, it resembles a flower with rooms instead of petals. Moreover, the house also has a glowing floral impression on the landscape when lit at night, which makes the comparison even more interesting.
Toilet Home, South Korea
After demolishing the house in which he lived for 30 years, Mr. Toilet, Sim Jaedeok, built this house in the shaped of a toilet in order to celebrate the establishment of the World Toilet Association (WTA). He named it Haewoojae, which means “a house to relive one’s concerns,” a term used in temples when referring to the restroom. Construction began in May 2007 by architect Go Giung, and finished on November 11, 2007. It’s now has become a toilet museum.
Mirror Home in Almere, the Netherlands
This experimental house by Netherlands architecture firm Johan Selbing Architecture is part of Eenvoud, part three of a series of small experimental housing settlements in Almere, The Netherlands, after the Realiteit and Fantasie communities came together. The mirror house was designed for a competition to create a home with a strong connection to its environment, and this one certainly reflects its surroundings – literally. The structure is a simple, flat roofed volume clad entirely in reflective glass which echoes the leafy trees around it, while also blocking the views in without blocking the views out. Inside, the compact house boasts a simple layout that lives larger than its square footage dictates.
The Aura, Cyprus Island
Aura was the name given to this impressive construction. From looking at it, you couldn’t say what this building shelters. It can easily be mistaken for something else. In fact, the Aura is a luxury villa, located on the Island of Cyprus. Situated very close to the beach, the 912 square meters residence looks extremely modern but also features some intuitive spaces fit for anyone who loves life: 6 bedrooms, a hammam, a gym, a media room, a large swimming pool with two Jacuzzis and a yoga platform. Designed by Andreas Trisveis of Mobius Design Group, the residence simply astounds anyone who comes across its amazing architecture.
Car House, Salzburg
This residential car house in he town of Langwied, in the Austrian Salzburg province, was designed by architect Marcus Voglreiter, who invested about one million euros for the exceptional building constructed in the shape of a Volkswagen-Beetle-car.
Porcelain House, Tianjin
Zhang Lianzhi, a 50-year-old porcelain collector from Tianjin, China, has spent four years decorating an old house with hundreds of millions of ancient porcelain fragments and tons of natural crystals. It’s now known as the Porcelain House or Yuebao House. Overing an area of 3,000 square meters, the Porcelain House is decorated with 400 million pieces of ancient porcelain, 16 thousand pieces of ancient chinaware, 300 white-marble carvings, and 20 tons of natural crystals.
Airplane House, Lebanon
An Airplane House in the village of Miziara, Lebanon, on May 12, 2015. Miziara prides itself on building residential homes that resemble ancient Greek temples and Egyptian ruins, or this one, built in the shape of an Airbus A380.
Soccer Ball House, Japan
This disaster and water resistant Japanese soccer ball shaped home designed by Kimidori Housing on May 25, 2006, in Gifu, Japan. The 32 sided geodesic sphere floats, has the structural strength to resist earthquakes and was priced at less than $15,000.
Stone House, Portugal
Casa do Penedo, also known as Stone Castle or a Stone House, is an architectural monument located between Celorico de Basto and Fafe, in northern Portugal. Casa do Penedo is translated in English as House of the Rock. It’s a small Portuguese cottage formed between boulders in the countryside. Although it looks like a massive rock, this house in Portugal actually has a door, a chimney and a window, and has become a huge tourist attraction.
Upside Down House in Trassenheide, Germany
This wacky dwelling was built in 2008 by Polish architects Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk as a tourist attraction in the north Germany town. The piece was commissioned as part of ‘The World Upside Down’ project, which allows visitors to view everyday objects from a different perspective. The interior is also fully furnished, except for it being upside down too!