He also upcycled and built a number of other buildings, including restaurants, mosques and planetariums in his career. The lower floor has an electric mesh built into it for heating the house and a propane stove provides additional warmth. There were so many beautiful nature inspired homes, I had to cull about another 40 from my list as the world is full of inspirational examples in this category. There is an Argentinian superstition that the seventh sons will turn into werewolves unless they are adopted by the president. Let’s face it. That said, I think I like the nature inspired homes the best. This water-home, called Waterville Weesperzijde, combines sustainable with modern living. It’s the last place you’d expect to see a converted water tower, but at 60 feet high and located next door to Sainsbury’s in Ladbroke Grove, Tower House offers great views of the city. Well, we've gone to the community of travelers at minube.net with a simple goal: find the greatest destinations on Earth. writers can assure you that picture is worth of thousand words, so just take a look. His Melting House sculptures are based on the Fat sculptures and look like melted ice cream, using the same materials (polyurethane foam and Styrofoam covered with lacquer). James plans on building a life sized lego ship for his next project. I believe "Neverwas Haul" was on the TV show, "American Pickers". Don’t be fooled by its very retro design, this house is most certainly not stuck in the past. Homeowner John Milkovisch has been inlaying the ring pull within marble, metal and concrete since 1968 to create this unique facade. The Lego House is interesting from a mechanical engineering point of view, which is something I tend to consider. Please let me know if you know of others that belong here. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 20, 2015: Loved reading this! The buildings can withstand wind speeds of up to 190 km/ph. Hmmm,...scary movie and popcorn anyone?! Be an interesting idea though. ... (which would include most homes) ... whaling is banned in many places around the world to protect declining whale populations. The interesting artworks have resulted in over 275,000 tourists visiting the Project annually, spawning new jobs for the city and hope for the artists who are busily making a difference transforming their lives. Would you choose to live in a former church, or a renovated water tower? Instead, book your accommodation in this treehouse! They had left the controls on the crane so when they wanted a change of scenery they just started up the engine and moved to somewhere else. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters. Interesting indeed and I enjoyed it! Wow... What an amazing hub. The mad property was built by Tony Alleyne but was handed over to his ex-wife following court proceedings. There’s nothing like seeing how other people live (and have lived) to make you feel creative with your own dwelling or even just glad you didn’t end up with some of the issues of the more bizarre houses. Due to the success of Earth Houses, Vetsch Architecture is creating and building many more such mini communities in Switzerland and Germany, using similar techniques. Food & Drink. Building a home from scratch isn’t a walk in the park but having an idea of how you want it to look like, and working with pros for your security needs such as. The World's Weirdest Houses: 40 Unusual Homes From Around the Globe This article will share a wild array of nature-inspired homes, modern architecture, upcycled houses and bizarrchitecture. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 22, 2014: What an incredible hub. Overlooking the Ransom Canyon, the home enjoys a vista of the surrounding Texas nature. Light comes in from light holes or beautifully made windows. The one-bedroom home comes with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, a large television area, a spacious kitchen and fully working WI-FI! Listed below are some of the weirdest homes you can find from different parts of the globe: Listed below are some of the weirdest homes you can find from different parts of the globe: This high altitude home was built by aviation enthusiast Bruce Campbell in 1999. The first prototype is currently nearing completion in Mexico. I'm definitely pinning this one. Explore the possibilities for unusual homes and weird houses from some of the world's most creative architects. I simply enjoyed reading it. This out-of-this-world abode is located in the Sanzhi District in New Taipei City, Taiwan. Our friends at Weird Home Tours have shown us this cool way of encouraging sustainable living; why not live in a shipping container? Darcie French from BC Canada on April 13, 2015: Super cool! >> When you’re done being grossed out, read these more pleasant (I promise!) Boasting one of the best and longest canals in the world, the Amstel River is the perfect place to build dwellings for the people of Amsterdam. It took me ages to track down Habitat 67 when I didn't know its name and I almost gave up, but then stumbled upon it by accident. The Guyaju Caves are known as the largest cliff residence ever discovered in China and are also known as “the biggest maze of China”. Artist Michael Kahn and his wife Leda Livant started building this house in 1979 and finished it 28 years later, using found materials such as driftwood, rocks and waste building materials. Bart Prince House – Albuquerque, New Mexico (images via: BartPrince.com) I would love to plan a trip specifically to see many of these houses. For those of us who are a bit vain, this mirror home in rural Holland would give you a totally different perspective on living in a home. Deep in the wilderness of this quiet, secluded Oxford village, you will find a home with bite. Situated on 23 acres, with views of the Serrano Valley, the Boney Mountains, the Channel Islands and the Pacific Ocean, it is still seeking a buyer. The house took five times longer to build than a conventional one, because the tradesmen became disorientated during construction. 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. In response to the 2006 Central Java earthquake that destroyed this small Indonesian village, the World Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (WANGO) decided to build 80 pod homes that are both sturdy and safe. This visually iconic home can be found on the shore on a Mexican beach as though it has been washed up from the sea. Known as the traditional houses of Iceland (as they date back to Viking times) these turf houses were the result of a difficult climate combined with a lack of other materials available. The building laid dormant for a few years before a local Alaska resident purchased the property, but we’re not entirely sure if he’ll keep all of the floors that make up this titan building. Polish businessman and philanthropist Daniel Czapiewski finished this house in 2007, and it has since become a tourist drawcard for the village of Szymbark. This wacky dwelling was built in 2008 by Polish architects Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk as a tourist attraction in the north Germany town. Built in 1998 by Future Systems architects for a Member of Parliament (Bob Marshall-Andrews QC), Malator house showcases how the landscape can be preserved with thoughtful architecture. Great job! Imagine coming home after a few to many beers and seeing the upside down house. then when we wanted a change of scenery off we would go again. There’s many shipping containers around the world being upcycled into houses, offices and complexes these days, but this one designed by Texas architect Jim Poteet of Poteet Architects in 2010, is one of the cutest and most attractive I have seen. Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on February 09, 2014: Wow, all it takes is an imaginative and creative mind and our 'dream' home can become a reality. The Project has been running since 1986 and amazing houses and street decorations have been built out of upcycled materials. Tourists can visit the house by appointment. I'd love a tour of each of these houses. They are equipped with plumbing, electricity and insulation and rock gently in the wind as they are suspended on a web of rope. Congratulations. Lithuania, Kaunas, a bit Strange Building. Most of the photos i recognize from my PInterest board on unusual architecture . 16 of the most unusual properties If there's one place you don't expect to see a shark, it is in a residential street in Headington, Oxfordshire. These homes in rural Spain are home to Bulgarian immigrants travelling to pick wine during a 6 week harvest. For inspiration, here are 50 of the weirdest restaurant ideas across the country — listed by state. For the last decade, it has been maintained but not lived in. I must admit that I love the cargotecture name as well. I think. German engineer Ulrich Müther and architect Dietrich Otto created it in 1968 and Ulrich renovated it again in 2004. I bet you had a lot of fun looking for them. The floor of the nest has a strong woven mat upon which furnishings can be placed to make it more comfortable. 50. Standing at 12 storeys high, this bizarre design looks like it has come straight out of a fiction book. And let’s not forget the personal jacuzzi in … Previously, where modern ruins and abandoned houses stood in a two block area, there is now color and interest. Even cheap essay writers can assure you that picture is worth of thousand words, so just take a look. This impressive piece of contemporary architecture was designed by architect Adrien Fainsilber and completed in May 1985. This Victorian revival home is named after its archaic and glamorously decorated balconies. Facing impossible mortgage repayments, Daniel opted for the vehicle and has managed to install a master bedroom a twin double bedroom, a lounge, a TV area and a fully functioning kitchen. These cool rooftop homes in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn offer breathtaking vistas of the NYC skyline. Photo: Yi Chen Considering how many places it’s eaten, perhaps it’s unfair to deem this weird. Using water pumped through submerged pipes as a cooling technique, it is estimated that the Citadel is 25% more energy efficient than if it was built on land. Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on January 29, 2014: @BigBlue54 - Thank you for your suggestions. Search. Listed for sale at $3.5 million, the home’s carved and cavelike interior is reminiscent of Fred and Wilma’s rocky home. In this collection, I have included only actual-built homes, not Photoshop creations, of which there are many fine examples (such as the tilted, gravity-defying houses of San Francisco) sprinkled around on the web. Weird and wonderful designs from the masters of unusual architecture. Neverwas Haul is available for rent from Shipyard Labs. Australian architecture firm McBride Charles Ryan created the cloud house as an extension on a century-old Edwardian home. They had bought a very large old crane, removed the cab and put their single story house on top of it. A removable dock was built to the egg to allow entrance. Containing 60 luxury apartments and a parking lot, each unit has a private outdoor space and berthing for a small boat. However, it has withstood hurricanes and storms for over 50 years, with only a little rust to show for it. 10. Tucked away in the renowned Millionaires Row, this house combines the sleek Hollywood hills design with crescent-shaped front elevation inspired by the 1979 flick. They built this rustic looking wooden home but kept in plenty of light with huge windows surrounding the property, along with the originality of the local farming town. There is a one-room living space in the pod and a basic shower, hammock and cooking devices are contained within. Designed by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny, the house is meant to provide a home for travelling writers, as no one can stay too long in the small space. The water tower was put on concrete stilts, windows were cut into the walls and wooden panels were added to the exterior. That's a compliment:). Thanks for sharing this eye candy and information about the homes. Live long and prosper in this home designed to replicate the interior of the Star Trek Voyager spaceship, complete with LED lighting and intergalactic sound effects. Unfortunately, the house was demolished in 2009 as it crowded prime grape real estate in the local area and would have cost £50,000 to dismantle and transport (Lego refused to pay). Schallert says he was inspired by the interior of yachts, where space and comfort are a key factor. The world is littered with the ancient ruins of man-made cities and settlements that stretch back thousands of years. The World's 18 Strangest Homes: Gallery As homeowners begin shifting toward more sustainable, off-the-grid, DIY habitats, more personal, unique homes are inevitable. According to the research, its both a clean and cosy way of living. There is also a shower and sink. Although I studied and lived in Brighton for a bit, I don’t think I’d want to reside on its sea bed, observing the numerous discarded supermarket trolleys and crisps packets that ravage its murky, seafloor. Jan 30, 2019 - Time to take a trip around the world and delve into all the weird foods our species like to chow down. The vat can hold up to 20 inhabitants! Sim Jae Duck died in 2009 and his house was donated to the government, who made it into the “Toilet Theme Park” (a sort of museum). Alabama – Main Street Cafe The building containing the Main Street Cafe in Madison used to be one of the town’s City Hall buildings. all within the confines of 280 square feet. BigBlue54 from Hull, East Yorkshire on February 06, 2014: That does sound intriguing - the equivalent of the upcycler's caravan! At just 230 square feet, the M-Velope fits into a small space and includes elements of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable materials in its construction. Did you come across Keetwoman in Amsterdam. The interior of this home is very luxurious, making it very hard to believe that the entire structure is actually built underneath the ground. Designer Pierre Cardin bought this 28 bedroom home in 1989, ironically having designed his iconic bubble dress 30 years earlier. This home looks like it has been involved with an unfortunate shaving foam accident! Architect Peter Vetsch designed the houses to blend into the landscape, using the earth as insulation and protection from rain, wind and ice. Visitors report feeling seasick and giddy when they enter the Upside Down House and walk around on the interior ceilings. I have been to see #19 in Montreal, Canada (we're not part of the USA btw, guessing that was just a typo,) and they are very cool. Feltwell – Norfolk, England. With a working toilet, a hot shower, staircase and bed, all made with lego bricks, this two-story Lego House was built by volunteers and attracted a lot of international attention. Fun hub to read. I really love the cargotecture name - going to to use it now! Glad you enjoyed my hub and I hope you liked the background info and stories behind the houses ;). We have a huge selection of houses for sale for private sellers, High Street estate agents, online … […], […] https://www.thehouseshop.com/property-blog/50-weird-homes-from-around-the-world/5754/ […], All images are copyright protected © 2014 - 2017 THS Group LTD Registered in England, registration number - 09952974 They are strong enough to accommodate up to 8 people and usually require a ladder to enter. Their uniqueness, and the persistence of the people building them in realizing dreams, make the world a far more interesting place for the rest of us. Voted up! 1. The mind behind the creative Artist continue to amaze me.. From the curators of all things weird and wonderful in this world, Sou Fujimoto Architects have designed this entirely see-through building, complete with all necessary resident amenities. Or how about a completely transparent house, or one that is a spitting image of the Flintstones' cave? But with the introduction of brand new travel apps including Airbnb and CouchSurf, homeowners are letting others staying in their pads, however crazy the design might be. Explore the possibilities for unusual homes and weird houses from some of the world's Hippo Point, Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Coober Pedy (Australia): Also known as the "opal capitol of the world," this Northern Australian city provides a majority of the world's gem-quality opals. An image of … It was one of the so-called “UFO-style” residences constructed sometime in 1978 as part of a resort that was supposed to be marketed as a vacation spot for U.S. military officers stationed in Asia. Let’s take a look at 40 of the Most Bizarre Foods from Around the World. This almost spacecraft designed house is a very sleek and simple design. The 50 WEIRDEST foods from around the world "Guinea Pig"..... we use guinea pigs in all sorts of medical tests and experiments, which is far worse. The house is intended to be a visiting guest and play house and the unused section functions as a gardening shed. Here are 59 weirdest places across the world that are a must-visit: Salar De Uyuni – Explore The White Salt Bed Often these designs awaken our caveman instincts, where protection from the elements, security from predators and the need to make do with whatever materials were at hand meant comfort and convenience was sometimes sacrificed for security. Continue reading and discover how unusual can be the name of a place. I would like to say a big thank you to the designers and architects of these houses. If you fancying ‘moving home, this could be the place for you (I’ll get my coat). FlourishAnyway from USA on January 25, 2014: Absolutely fantastic! But, the one that scares me the most is the upside down house. From doughnuts in the United States to kulfi in India, take a look at the 50 best desserts around the world. Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on February 19, 2014: Wow that is for now my favorite hub for this Wednesday morning. In recent times, the wine vat homes have been received much controversy, with many immigrants saying that they do not feel safe and secure inside and they have no access to running water or gas. Check out our selection of the world’s unique homes below!! Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Palais Bulles features an open air amphitheatre, a reception hall which accommodates 350 seated people and a garden, pool and ponds on 8,500m2. Join architecture aficionados Piers and Caroline for another tour of amazing homes around the world in India, Israel, Norway and Spain. I don't know about that one. Share on FB, voted up! Architect James Stockwell was commissioned to design the home and was asked to make the design accompany the gorgeous seaside vistas. If you have a fascination with planes, and would usually imagine yourself living in one, you should definitely consider visiting this home in person. H ippo Point is an exclusive wildlife estate sitting on an isthmus between Lake Naivasha and Lake Oloidean. Due to the immense costs of demolishing, transporting or deconstructing structures and buildings, upcycling is seen as a modern way to create "green" housing, though in many cases extensive (and expensive) renovation may be required. I have a collected a lot of the photos on my pinterest boards but loved reading about these out of the box creations. It is a veritable museum of Victorian-era wares on wheels and attracts a lot of attention. Containing two stories and three toilets, Duck’s toilet shaped house is the only toilet themed house in the world and cost $1.1 million to build. While these houses do not seem built to solve generic problems like those in the modern architecture category, they do solve dreams for their creators. I look forward to the next installment. With our ever-expanding bucket lists, it's sometimes easy to lose sight of the essentials. There are many heavy and gigantic granite boulders in the village of Monsanto, which is why the residents chose to build houses around, between and under them long ago. Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on January 25, 2014: Thank you to everyone for your kind comments. Come check out my wordplay hub too, looks like you might have a gift ;). You'll find lots of eco-friendly, micro-houses in this category, as well as compact houses that take advantage of using small pieces of prime real estate. So interesting and well researched. Found within the area of Fitzroy in Melbourne, this quirky shaped abode was designed by architects McBride Charles Ryan combines playful designs with the luxurious modern living. Dubbed a one-of-a-kind creation, the Cosmic Muffin has passed through a few owners, who have lovingly restored and maintained it. And the spirit nest...that would be lovely to have. In 2005, Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani designed these outrageous, spaceship-like mansion to celebrate the political autonomy given to his Aymara race. It was a while ago so I cannot remember how they dealt with power and water but as they lived in a small village the postman usually found them while on his round. I would live in any of the homes shown in a heartbeat! But you should only use them once in a blue moon , or people might think you’re not playing with a full deck. The home is provided with natural sunlight with its many glasses panels, topped with a solar panel crown which provides the homes electricity. This home was built for Islamic leader of Yemen, Imam Yahya. Rancho Burrito in East Austin comes complete with a bedroom, kitchen and a wood-burning hot tub (!) The Japanese and glass seem to go hand in hand when designing a home. Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on January 29, 2014: I love to look at houses, and must say that you have chosen the weirdest ones in the world. The World's Weirdest Houses: 40 Unusual Homes From Around the Globe. In the deep south of the US, you’ll find this extraordinarily house-crafted to look like a wedding cake. Well done. And I'm not just talking about France, where it's illegal to fly UFOs—I'm talking about everywhere. Dixon plans to add an elevator instead of a staircase and system that will use water from the Grand Union Canal to heat and cool the tower. Vivek Thota from Delhi, India on January 23, 2014: this is really great hub - the work which u have done is amazing and for putting all together needs a lot of research , aw some work........ Donna Herron from USA on January 23, 2014: Great hub - very interesting! Habitat 67 launched Safdie’s career in architecture and he has since designed over 75 buildings around the world. Consider this a public service: The 50 Weirdest Foods This rock house was built by Imam Yahya (an Islamic spiritual leader) in the 1930s as a summer home and offers amazing views from the top for tourists. We can now be at one with nature and all for the reasonable cost of $61 a night. Invented by artist Jayson Fann, they involve twining eucalyptus branches together to create a sturdy, small house for sleeping or relaxing. Here are some weird funeral rituals from around the world! It recently underwent a $6 million renovation to uphold its sweet design! The slated wooden panels slide on a steel frame to move the walls, doors and roof into new positions. :D. Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on February 04, 2014: I like your article on the 40 most unusual houses arounf the glove. This minuscule home found in a side street in Warsaw is the creation of architect Jakub Szczesny. I agree with you Marlene, here is a strange but true fact. In 2007, he rebuilt his house in the shape of a toilet. Bird nest soup is considered an expensive and luxurious delicacy, and you might have to make your way to a high end restaurant to find it on the menu. In some ways, that is money down the toilet. In addition to the 70 amazing houses around the world that we’ve featured before, here are 15 jaw-dropping examples of architecture from a decaying wooden skyscraper in Russia to a mushroom-shaped home in Cincinnati that ) I had seen a couple of them before such as the Lego house. It boasts lots of nooks, crannies, twists, turns, bridges, hallways and staircases and is promoted as a fairy tale themed house surrounded by sculptures and gardens. Some cultural traditions around the world are widespread and adopted by one and all, like celebrating Christmas and birthdays, and then there are some that are quite strange or interesting and practiced only by a niche group of people. 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