Treathyl FOX from Austin, Texas on February 04, 2014: All those houses and not one of them built like a shoe. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 22, 2014: What an incredible hub. But, the one that scares me the most is the upside down house. The Nettleton 199 Beach Living House in Cape Town . This was thoroughly enjoyable. This massive Colonial-style estate looks prim and proper on the outside, but it hides a colorful secret. If you feel like you could use some inspiration to design your future home - or just like checking out the weird ideas some people have - this post is just for you! I like a green lawn and bushes, but I’d prefer a different color for the house. The Project has been running since 1986 and amazing houses and street decorations have been built out of upcycled materials. They were traditionally constructed with a concrete frame. I really love the cargotecture name - going to to use it now! 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. Known locally as the Teletubby house, Malator House is built entirely underground, and only the front glass view of the house shows its existence in a hill. Invented by artist Jayson Fann, they involve twining eucalyptus branches together to create a sturdy, small house for sleeping or relaxing. Every year, Neverwas Haul does the rounds of the local art fairs and festivals. It's amazing how a two story home with all the amenities could be built with a solid frame just out of Legos. A lot of time involve in your work Suzanne Day. great hub, thanks! A listed fortress on a remote private island, a Hobbit-style home hidden in a hillside and a sprawling country estate with its very own private theme park are among the most unusual homes listed for sale this year. Some homeowners take personalization to the extreme, building one-of-a-kind features into their properties. Most of the photos i recognize from my PInterest board on unusual architecture . This Laguna Niguel, Calif., home looks almost like any other home on the block from the outside, but it conceal a pretty impressive secret on the inside inside -- a private observatory with a telescope for star-gazing. Small guest residence in the trees . 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. They are strong enough to accommodate up to 8 people and usually require a ladder to enter. In case you want to include one or several additional features to your future home, but you still aren’t completely sure what you want them to be, take a look at these wonderful ideas and let them be your guide toward a perfect … It would be interesting to see the inside, since you mentioned that the furniture needed to be specially made. In 2007, he rebuilt his house in the shape of a toilet. Today, the Cosmic Muffin is a historical and educational attraction offering charters and tours for many different groups, from corporate meetings to sponsored gatherings and schoolgroup visits. then when we wanted a change of scenery off we would go again. The mind behind the creative Artist continue to amaze me.. It must have taken you forever to find all of these examples. Only ten Boeing 307 Stratoliners were made in the 1930s and it was the world’s first commercial pressurized aircraft. This pertains more to house exterior materials, but we also feature a variety of beautiful houses based on the exterior material. Initially, he wanted to construct a one story house, but after many adjustments and additions (including removing walls, adding legs so as not to impact the earth and adding more stained glass windows, etc), The Steel House ended up with more stories, an artistic, unique look and a magnificent view. Millions of years ago, volcanic eruptions covered the region with an ash which solidified into a soft rock, then the erosion of wind and rain created unusual formations in cones, mushrooms, pillars, pinnacles and chimneys that rise as high as 40m. Wonderful job! The water tower was put on concrete stilts, windows were cut into the walls and wooden panels were added to the exterior. What makes the bedroom in this Las Vegas home unusual is not just that it's covered in a Star Wars mural, but that the mural focuses on the newest additions to the Star Wars franchise. Today, some people still live in the rock homes and tourists are welcome to stay in rock hotels and take a hot air balloon trip across the Göreme Valley. FlourishAnyway from USA on January 25, 2014: Absolutely fantastic! Built with over 3,300,000 lego bricks, the Lego House is the creation of James May, who always wanted a house made of lego. Monsanto has not changed in hundreds of years and was given a heritage status by the Portuguese government, preserving a village-sized living museum of these prehistoric style houses which are still in use today. Due to being able to tunnel in the soft rock, the residents created an underground network of catacombs leading to towns with buildings up to 8 stories high beneath the ground. I'd love to live in so many of these, particularly the flintstone inspired house of Dick Clark's.....Great stuff. I did think that Habitat 67 used containers when I first saw it, bit disappointed that it was not. Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on February 06, 2014: Definitely! It is made of steel, which is a strange choice for the local salty seaside air, where most of the houses are on stilts. Will be sharing. Often, the houses would be interconnected and the turf would give the buildings extra insulation against the cold. Each beehive has an oculus hole at the top, which lets in light and sucks out hot air. The Lego House is interesting from a mechanical engineering point of view, which is something I tend to consider. I've only seen a couple of these before. Key Lessons in the Topic of Houses and Homes. The unusual geometric design draws many visitors throughout the year. 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. But it still look s fantastic. Some I have never even heard about before now. Every year, the owner puts a festive inflatable alien on the roof. Often inspired by problem solving or environmental considerations, modern architecture can sometimes manifest itself unusually in design. The Kettle House was originally built to be a convenience store, but never opened for business. Jul 31, 2020 - Explore Point2's board "Unusual Homes", followed by 1083 people on Pinterest. For a limited time, is providing the option to SELL YOUR UNIQUE HOME FOR FREE including all unique homes, unusual properties, boats, land and more. The project was designed to allow green space with residency near the Vuurplaat Harbour, as well as excellent city views. Visitors report feeling seasick and giddy when they enter the Upside Down House and walk around on the interior ceilings. The layout is a fun one to use, try it yourself! They looked just like regular homes with bedroom, kitchen and everything and were still lived in until about the middle of the last century. 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). Voted up and it's awesome . There is a one-room living space in the pod and a basic shower, hammock and cooking devices are contained within. Tourists can visit the house by appointment. We’ve seen our share of mobile homes and tiny houses and while we definitely enjoy the tech-savvy, modern models, we also find designs like this one very charming and interesting. They are really bizarre but yet economical and interesting. Darcie French from BC Canada on April 13, 2015: Super cool! It has often been used as a location for editorial fashion photography and film festival parties. See more ideas about home, house styles, traditional. One fun thing about luxury homes is seeing what features and amenities they include that regular homes don't include. Made from mud, dirt, straw and stones, these beehive houses originated around 3,700 BC and can be found in rural farming communities, deserts and cities. Wow-di-wow! This Sausalito, Calif., home has one element that would really appeal to a Volkswagen devotee: a classic VW Type 2 van crashing through the living room wall. I enjoyed each and every house for different reasons. John Hansen from Queensland Australia on January 22, 2014: Wow suzanne, what an amazing hub. ICE Limitations. Marlene Bertrand from USA on September 28, 2015: I can see where the inspiration comes from for many of these houses, and some of them are really cute. I watched the TV programme showing its construction. House with 72 solar panels integrated . BigBlue54 from Hull, East Yorkshire on February 04, 2014: There was one, cmoneyspinner, but someone walked off with it. Voted up, awesome and interesting. Talk about a home with a view. Described as a handmade and sculptural home, the Eliphante was named for its unusual shaped entrance. BigBlue54 from Hull, East Yorkshire on January 29, 2014: I have been trying to find some house here in the UK which were cut out of the living rock. :D. Ana Maria Orantes from Miami Florida on February 04, 2014: I like your article on the 40 most unusual houses arounf the glove. 3/18 The Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage. While many of us are probably wondering just what the architects of these houses were thinking, it goes to show that there are many ways of thinking about housing and thinking outside the box certainly produces some serious eye candy. At 1800 square feet, Monte Silo House is a comfortable weekend residence for its owner and his grandchildren, who enjoy sleeping in “Bed In A Box” cubbyhouse beds featuring stereo sound and a flat screen TV. The Unique House Plans is not your average collection of home designs. Be an interesting idea though. The architects of these homes are inspired by nature to create beautiful, breathtaking masterpieces that blend into the local landscape. The lower floor has an electric mesh built into it for heating the house and a propane stove provides additional warmth. Writer Fox from the wadi near the little river on February 10, 2014: Really interesting collection! The Fort Lauderdale Home is an extraordinary custom built compound – authentic sophisticated Santa Barbara inspired styling now available for sale. The can be fitted out before being taken to the site so one or two days and they will be ready to live in. With 10 themed guest rooms, the house is open to tourists. View in gallery. It has a bathtub in the shape of a boat floating inside the bathroom, complete with a statue of a man ready to dive in. I want to live in a Jayson Fann Spirit Nest ! The house is supported by stilts and at its narrowest point is 72cm wide. Voted up and interesting!! After reading through your hub, I can't stop thinking about the Hằng Nga Guesthouse in Vietnam. The steampunk house is another way of doing it too I think. Interesting indeed and I enjoyed it! Wow... What an amazing hub. Thank you for sharing some of the most unique house that I have ever seen. but despite the small size, this house … Three floors out of five have been completed so far, with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, 2 reception rooms, and a bathroom. Thanks for this! The wall-mounted artwork, which lights up, is detachable, so it's possible that the piece didn't stay when new owners bought the property for $1.4 million. Besarien from South Florida on April 19, 2015: This hub is fabulous! I must admit that I love the cargotecture name as well. This wine cellar doesn't bear much resemblance to the wood-and-stone wine cellars seen in some upscale homes. Designed by Gigaplex Architects in 2006, this converted grain silo house was built near the Provo River and was constructed of two corrugated silos that are linked together. 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. Couches and beds inside the house were also built with plastic bottles and the family invented their own way of fusing the plastics together, while retaining the symmetrical design. You can also see some great examples of expertly Photoshopped houses, which look very convincing, though I have not included them here. Muhammad Ali’s brand new house at Thalapara in Malappuram district in Kerala is an elegant house with all the modern facilities that is easy to maintain too. Described as an ultra minimal living solution, the egg is towed by boat to its residence and the wooden exterior is meant to weather over time to blend in with the marshes in which it resides. Weird and wonderful designs from the masters of unusual architecture. 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. Dorlonco The second storey deck provides shade in summer. This bio-climatic solar house designed by Eric Wasser acts as a 3D sundial which follows the path of the sun in its daily cycle to capture solar energy for free heating in the winter months, while cooling the living space and storing the solar energy in summer. This bubble-shaped villa was designed in the 1970s by architect Antti Lovag, who sought to include natural, flowing elements into the design and was inspired by the flowing shape of ancestral caves and troglodyte habitats. I still can't imagine staying the night in this home. But the owners of this $24.2 million estate wanted a club on their own property. 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). Check out green houses here. You can also hire it for advertising, tv and movie productions if so inclined. 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. Angels are once again on the way to you. The ergonomic egg shape bobs lightly on the tide and is moored by ropes, making it an ideal mobile floating home. The home features a fairly elaborate Star Wars-themed bar, with a view from the Death Star and a life-sized Darth Vader standing nearby. This Telluride, Colo., home has a lot of unique features, including a 75-foot indoor pool, indoor shooting range, golf fairway and putting green, and a bowling alley. A 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom Martian holiday home, it has 2,000 square feet of space, retractable stairs, a dropdown airplane door and a car park underneath.The Spaceship House is currently available for rent. Share on FB, voted up! If you’ve ever had the urge to create your own hobbit hole or build a life-sized Lego house, you’ll find inspiration in these unusual homes. Imagine coming home after a few to many beers and seeing the upside down house. Bodalair is a unique family home with a twist. We get to the customers few other sites can hope to reach. Designed by MOS Architects, the Element House is a prefabricated, modular house that can be customised and then re-customised to grow and change as required over time. Love the Flintstones house and the Neverwas Haul, great play on words there. Torajan people live mostly in the mountain and they still keep their ancient tradition running among them. When there is rain, the conical shape of the beehive keeps the interior dry. At project completion, it is estimated the total cost will be $1.25 million. Jim Poteet’s creation looks bright and exciting and sets a new benchmark in shipping container house design. in Australia, Toro Magazine in Canada, in Dubai and Tokyo. / CBS NEWS. For this reason, upcycled houses tend to be rather unique and one-of-a-kind affairs. Really well researched and written. Jimmy Gent from California on January 22, 2014: Without a doubt the Hằng Nga Guesthouse in Dalat, Vietnam, is the weirdest and yet most interesting property. It has air conditioning and heating systems, as well as a roof garden to insulate the interior from hot weather. Inspired by science fiction works, it was built from the base of a travel trailer and 75% of it is upcycled waste. April 25, 2019 Zoopla. Unique Features of Contemporary Bedroom Furniture – Check here for more designs and references: I have seen a number of houses using containers. Mixture of styles in the centre of Ghent . The story goes that the Contractor read and built the building with the plans upside down. I had seen a couple of them before such as the Lego house. This one is also a costly house and costs over a … You can commission a customized nest from Jayson on his website. This was a fun read. The new house is closer to his ancestral home. I certainly enjoyed seeing and reading about all of these unusually-shaped houses. Well done. The home is on the market for $1.3 million. The aim was to add a modern touch and stir interest in the property, making it into a local landmark again. Robson (Brasil / Brazil) on March 23, 2020: Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on January 05, 2017: I never realized there is such a variety of odd houses. The Guyaju Caves are known as the largest cliff residence ever discovered in China and are also known as “the biggest maze of China”. The rusted roof has been replaced with a wooden one, the windows have been replaced, air conditioning has been added and a mailbox has been erected at the front. Oh yes -- and voting up+++ and sharing. I think. Powered and implemented by FactSet. They are equipped with plumbing, electricity and insulation and rock gently in the wind as they are suspended on a web of rope. By Katherine Odams. A group of tenants formed a partnership and purchased the building in 1985. As silly as the Fat House looks, I bet it must be warm inside since it's made from polyurethane foam and Styrofoam, but probably not as warm as those hillside underground homes you showed. 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. Homes based on nature and natural surroundings. 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. Now they have come alive . I could look at interesting architecture forever. Designer Pierre Cardin bought this 28 bedroom home in 1989, ironically having designed his iconic bubble dress 30 years earlier. I love the turf houses, and we have looked into the possibility of container homes on the property we are going to buy. It cost $250,000 to build and has a lot of futuristic rounded furniture and unusual features. And the spirit nest...that would be lovely to have. Built into a hillside to blend in with its natural surroundings and provide unobstructed views of the alpine local scenery, Villa Vals is located near the famous thermal springs of Vals. View in gallery. If you’re looking for something with wow-factor for your next home, try one of these 10 unusual properties for sale we’ve spotted on Zoopla. The house features a beautiful rooftop balcony which has flags of many countries hoisted there. Thank you for reading my article about the world’s most unusual and weirdest homes. Inside the house, benches can be folded away to allow more room when needed. I have seen many of these homes on documentaries I watch. There are a few I would live in. I've found it useful for a few hubs as it is visually pleasing. We could travel snail like, and snails pace, around they country until we found somewhere to live. Hey, I actually remember seeing the Habitat 67 when I was at Expo67 in Canada. The architects of the Dutch firm Waterstudio, are to be admired for their problem solving abilities in designing an attractive residence for traditionally problematic real estate. I bet you had a lot of fun looking for them. December 15, 2020. The topic of houses and homes is an exciting one for KS1 children as they begin to look introspectively and also learn how other people live. This upcycled 1800s water tower/silo was built by an anonymous architect in the 1950s, who was rumored to have built storage tanks for oil companies in his career. 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. Glad you enjoyed my hub and I hope you liked the background info and stories behind the houses ;). Nearby, Robert Bruno also built the Lawson Rock House in Ransom Canyon. I love seeing how other people live, and it helps make me feel creative with my own dwelling space. I'd love a tour of each of these houses. Killantringan Light Keeper's House and Lighthouse Cottage are perched high on a cliff in Portpatrick, Dumfries, and come with six bedrooms, three acres of land and dramatic coastal views. I really enjoyed that- have ticked and thumbs-upped and will now tweet. 1. Harriet Swindell's “Cute and unusual homes” Pinterest page. Property features Revealed: Top 10 unusual homes for sale on Zoopla. German engineer Ulrich Müther and architect Dietrich Otto created it in 1968 and Ulrich renovated it again in 2004. Known as the world’s narrowest house, Keret House is only 122 cm wide and is squeezed between two buildings in the centre of Warsaw, Poland. James plans on building a life sized lego ship for his next project. The perfect house is made up of common-sense features that give satisfaction no matter where you live, or how big or small your house is. Designed as a personal experiment by Stephen Turner, the “Exbury Egg” was intended to be an art installation but turned into Stephen’s home on the water. Made out of wood or fibreglass, Free Spirit Spheres are outfitted with a double bed, a settee, coffee table, sink, microwave, fridge and cupboards (everything except a bathroom and toilet – which is on the wishlist for future design improvements). She also owns, where readers can find real estate and personal finance resources. Upcycling is a process whereby useless or waste products can be made into something better, without breaking them down into tiny bits or chemical compounds (unlike recycling). Built out of 110 tonnes of steel over a 23-year construction period, the Steel House appears to be in the shape of a giant pig. The floor of the nest has a strong woven mat upon which furnishings can be placed to make it more comfortable. News provided by The Associated Press. SELL YOUR UNUSUAL PROPERTY NOW! To reach the front door, the visitor must enter through a barn and walk through an underground tunnel. Great care was taken to ensure the house fits its surroundings, with materials such as timber cladding, cement board and corten steel used to ensure the building would weather naturally over time. The foundation was made of flat stones, upon which was built a wooden frame which would hold a few layers of turf. Visitors walk through a traditional Edwardian interior and emerge into the ultra-modern extension, which features a red kitchen with box inspiration and lots of curved wood in the cloud shaped façade, overlooking the pool. Los Angeles is full of nightclubs. According to, the motorized telescope is accessible through a spiral staircase and can be wired to transmit video to televisions throughout the home. My favorite are the ones like hobbit homes made from cob. I thought the Nas montanhas de Fafe was built in a similar style to the Monsanto houses, though I couldn't find out its name at the time. So, without further ado, here are some of the both most interesting and most unusual house designs in the world. Thanks so much for sharing. Nichol marie from The Country-Side on April 13, 2015: Wow great hub voted awesome, i love all this unique houses. Inside is an underground artists abode with intricate wood, tile and stone mosaics and lots of curves and organic forms. 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. Due to begin construction in 2014, the Citadel building is the first floating apartment complex in the world and is one of six of the “New Water” developments in the polders of the Netherlands. 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. TV legend Dick Clark of “Bandstand” fame built this single-story house in Malibu while inspired by the classic 1960’s Flintstones cartoon. PS My favorite has to be the Steampunk House but it ain't easy to choose. That's when I discovered that they all had interesting stories and facts behind them. It features a showcase bathroom in the centre and is equipped with rainwater harvesting technology. It is a housing complex with a revolutionary vision—the creation of high-density community housing incorporating gardens, fresh air and privacy in a multilevel design. Many of them needed extensive research just to find out their official names and locations. The home is on the market for $1.5 million, but a sale is pending. Stone steps and ladders were used to connect the different levels, and inside were found stone hearths, wardrobes, beds and mangers. The upper level too is an open-concept, sunlit space with the most unusual bookshelf as its main feature. Containing 60 luxury apartments and a parking lot, each unit has a private outdoor space and berthing for a small boat. Fun hub to read. Based on the Icelandic tradition of the turf house, the Kvivik Igloo features a turf roof for insulation (the igloos are heated by wood stoves). (click to make them go bigger) ; ) Voted up for fun! lol! “It has already become a Warsaw icon and is already on the tourist map,” says Jakub of his creation. The Binz Rescue Station looks like an ideal beach house, but is currently used as a maid room of the registry office. Safdie’s initial objective of Habitat 67 was to provide affordable housing in cities, however the popularity of the landmark complex pushed up prices of the apartments and Habitat 67 became a prestigious address to live. If you’re missing one or more of these elements, don’t fret -- few houses are truly perfect. Most of the features are hidden inside seemingly normal-looking homes that blend in with their neighborhoods. 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. 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. Ilyce R. Glink is an award-winning, nationally-syndicated columnist, best-selling book author and founder of Best Money Moves, an employee benefit program that helps reduce financial stress. This was a joy to both read and look at and I am definitely pinning right now. 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