What is the most unusual home you have ever lived in? Many of us only know what it is like to live in stucco or brick buildings, with everyday walls, windows, and doors. But there are houses all over the planet that are far different from the traditional, offering a unique way of life, and a place to live that is just as much art as it is a home.
Here are 11 of the most amazing and unusual homes found all over the world.
1. Glass House In Tokyo
Called the “House NA,” this glass house was designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects to let in a whole new level of natural light. Located on a populated street in Tokyo, Japan, the only thing this house is missing is some privacy. The 914 square foot home was built to be like a tree house with layers of living spaces built in throughout. The interior of the residence has hardly any walls. Just about everything indoors is exposed to neighbours and passer-by.
On the bright side, there are plenty of positive features in this vertical living space to focus on including its sleek, contemporary aesthetic with adventurous appeal. The design appears to mimic a tree without outright copying its appearance. There’s also something about it that has the architectural feel of a bunk bed. The three-story edifice features various levels of living space within the segmented structure that’s great to just hang out on, as if you were perched atop a tree branch.
2. Waterfall Home
American architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed more than 1,000 buildings and other structures during his lifetime.
One of the most famous is Fallingwater, a house in rural southwestern Pennsylvania.
Wright designed the house in 1935.
The house is called Fallingwater for a reason: it sits on top of a waterfall, created by a mountain river named Bear Run. The waterfall is actually part of the house. You can hear it in one of the bedrooms. You can see it under your feet in the living room.
The structure was so interesting that it and Wright were on the cover of Time magazine in 1938.
The home combines human-designed forms with things found in nature, such as stone, flowers and water. It has many open spaces, filled with light and air. Instead of art or photographs on the walls, there are large windows.
Fallingwater has been a museum since 1964. Smithsonian Magazine said it is one of the few places that Americans must see. Over the past 50 years, more than four million people have done so.
3. The Most Narrow House In The world, The Keret House
This home made the best it could out of a very small space. Squeezed between two buildings, the Keret house ranges between 92 and 152 CENTIMETERS in width! Polish architect Jakub Szczesny claims to have built the world's narrowest house, just 122 centimetres across at its widest point. The Keret House is squeezed into a crevice between two buildings in the centre of Warsaw and will provide a temporary home for travelling writers. The body of the house is raised up on stilts and a staircase leads inside from underneath. At its narrowest point the house is no more than 72 centimetres wide.
Keret House is fully functional space in which one can live as well as create. The House attracts attention of media from entire world. Keret House is the perfect example of the so-called "non-matching" in the city’s urban fabric.
4. Boeing 727 Hotel In Costa Rica
At one point in time this airplane flew people from South Africa to Columbia, but at the end of its career it ended up at the San Jose airport. Here it was purchased for $2,000 and recycled into a home located in Costa Rica.
The 2-bedroom domain has epic views of the ocean and surrounding gardens thanks to the long hallway adorned with endless windows–provided by the plane.
The £300-a-night plane hotel suite is perched on a purpose built ledge within the Costa Rican rainforest and offers flight fans the chance to play captain for their stay. For a staggering £2,100 a week guests can enjoy the novelty of sleeping in the converted 1965 Boeing 727, which once carried passengers around the world with Colombian Avianca Airlines. The suite is part of the Costa Verde resort, which is located on the edge of the Manuel Antonia National Park, Costa Rica.
Airplane enthusiasts can have full run of the two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite which also includes a kitchenette, flat-screen tvs, a dining room, and a terrace with a sea view. There is a specially crafter observation deck, which has been built on top of the plane's wing.
The inside of the jumbo jet is furnished with hand-carved teak panelling from the former cockpit to the tail which is all harvested locally in Costa Rica.
5. The Hobbit House in Wales
This house sure makes for some delightful photographs! Making it less of a surprise that a photographer is responsible for creating this house. With some help from his father-in-law, he was able to build this house using all natural materials and only $5,200. His goal was to create a living space that resembled the Lord of the Rings for he and his family to live, within 4-short months the dream was a reality. With an exquisite design and charming interior, the Hobbit House of Wales is also regarded as one of the most eco-friendly structures in the world. Though neither miniature in stature nor with hairy feet, the Dale family has the pleasure of calling a Hobbit-sized and designed house home in Wales.
Aside from the exquisite design, the Hobbit House has the privilege of being regarded as one of the most eco-friendly structures in the world: Forgoing convention, designer, builder, and family father Simon Dale, decided to uproot his family and live a more sustainable life.
Dale ensured that every element of the house was constructed in harmony with nature. The frame of the house is constructed from oak thinning’s that were gathered by the family while the walls and other foundations were constructed from stone and mud. To insulate the house, the family used straw bales in the floor, walls, and roof.
Lime plaster was used for the walls, recycled wood for floors and fittings, and windows, burner, plumbing and wiring were all constructed from recycled material the family collected. Aside from the building materials, the house’s design allows for sustainable living too. There is a skylight in the roof for natural light in the day, solar panels provide electricity, water is collected from a nearby spring, the fridge is cooled from underground air, water on the roof is used for the garden, and the toilet is used as compost.
6. Brooklyn Clock Tower Home
This is one unique, and pricey apartment located In Brooklyn’s Clock Tower building. The lavish 7,000 square foot pent house overlooks Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens offering up some of the most amazing views in all of New York City. Interested?
It's a triplex penthouse in Brooklyn – a 633-square-metre spread atop the landmark Clock Tower Building. The building is a former cardboard box factory built in 1914. The incredible penthouse features 4.2-metre-tall clock faces on every wall that allow plenty of natural light, while also providing amazing views of the Brooklyn Bridge and New York Harbour. Originally priced at US$25 million ($36 million), the penthouse languished on the market for roughly six years – and has finally sold for US$15 million ($21.4 million).
7. Flintstones House
Located in Malibu, California, this house is YABBA-DABBA-SWEEETT!!!
The Flintstone House is a free-form, single-family residence in Hillsborough, California overlooking and easily seen from the Doran Memorial Bridge carrying Interstate 280 over San Mateo Creek.
In late 2017, new owners installed large oxidized steel sculptures of dinosaurs, a woolly mammoth, and a giraffe in the yard. The house is known popularly as "The Flintstone House", from The Flintstones, a Hanna-Barbera Productions animated cartoon series of the early 1960s about a Stone Age family.
It is also known as the Dome House, the Gumby House, the Worm Casting House, the Bubble House, and "The Barbapapa House", from Barbapapa, a character and series of books created by Annette Tison and Talus Taylor in the 1970s.
8. Slide House In Japan
It may look like an ordinary, modern 3-story home with just over 1,700 square feet, but inside this house in Japan has a conventional staircase on one side of the home, and a not-so conventional slide you can alternatively use on the other side of the home. The SLIDE House in the Naka Meguro neighbourhood of Tokyo was built to be such a place. This unique home in Japan is a rectangular building with a staircase that wraps all the way around one side of the house, connecting all three floors.
A staircase goes around the other side of the house. On each floor, the occupants can decide whether to descend via the stairs or slide! It was designed by LEVEL Architects for a couple with three young children, who wanted their kids to have lifelong joyful memories of their childhood home.
9. Crocodile House- Ivory Coast
Situated in the midst of Abidjan, the former capital of the Ivory Coast, the home is actually a massive and grotesquely-smiling crocodile, completely hollowed out to create a living space inside of the reptile structure. Completed in 2008, the crocodile was actually the work of artist Moussa Kalo, who sadly died only two months before it was completed. Including windows and a bed, the strange concrete house is completely liveable, and is a joy to many people in the neighbourhood who stop by the courtyard to smile and play by the eccentric home.
10. Dumpster Home
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure–the old saying just went to a whole new level after you see this dumpster home. 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!
The best part according to Kloehn? “If you don’t like your neighbours, you can push it a block over.” Making the most out of a minuscule living space is something of a rite of passage in New York City.
Studios used to be the extreme, but then came the rise of "micro-apartments," challenging dwellers to new heights of consolidation.
And now, thanks to one designer, we may have come across the smallest (and strangest) apartment yet: a dumpster.
Gregory Kloehn has converted a $2,000 commercial dumpster into a fully functional living space, complete with bathroom, bed, barbecue and a deck. He was recently featured on HGTV's "You Live in What?" and took viewers on a tour of his tiny home.
11. Home On The Rock
Who needs a whole island when you can build a house right atop a rock?! This unique home is located in Serbia. For the past 45 years, this tiny little home has stood strong against the Serbian winds, water, and weather that surround it. Balancing on a rock in the middle of the Drina River, the structure is located near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, and has become quite the attraction for visitors to the area.
The concept came one day in 1968 when a group of young swimmers needed a place to rest. They laid on a rock in the middle of the river, but as time went by, they wanted a more comfortable place to rest and began to place boards to lay on on top of the rock. As they wanted shelter from the sun, they began to build up, and the idea developed. The following year, one of the swimmers turned the rough idea into an actual construction project of this one-room home.
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