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10 Most Unique Houses in the World
27 April 2020
Your house is an expression of your personality. Like proses, songs, and paintings, your home is not just an architectural structure that shelters you from the scorching heat of the sun or the cold winter nights; it is a masterpiece that meets your style and functionality.
Making your home the most comfortable dwelling place than anywhere else in the world is a dream most homeowners aspire. Throughout history, people have lived in caves, brick houses and even castles. Nowadays, it seems like any home design is possible. Creative small-space innovations and eccentric designs ideas have become the new norm in building unique homes.
If you’re looking for some inspiration for your future home or you’re just a curious architect checking out some designs while working on your plates – this post is definitely for you!
Are you a fan of The Hobbit? How about rotating houses? Or do you fancy living in a former church? See how others shy away from traditional home designs. Take a look at 10 of the most unique homes all over the world.
Skateboard House, Malibu, California
Are you a skateboard enthusiast who’s been dreaming of a skateboard house? Take your passion for skateboard into your own home with the Pierre Andre Senizergues (PAS) house.
The PAS hourse was named after, Pierre Andre Senizergues, former World champion and Pro Skater who envisioned to live in a place the screams his love for the sport. That is why he turned this concept into reality.
The PAS house is the first house designed to meet the vibe of a skateboard park as well as a traditional living space. In this house, you can dare skate in all surfaces – both outdoors and indoors.
Divided into three separate areas, the space is formed with a continuous surface tube that connects the ground, wall, and ceiling.
The Keret House, Poland
Limited space? No problem. The Keret House in Warsaw proves that no space is too narrow to be called your home. The word “impossible” seems non-existent in the vocabulary of the Polish architect, Jakub Szczesny.
The building is squeezed in two buildings making it the world’s narrowest house. Measuring only 122cm wide, the house is a fully functional space complete with the basic amenities. Though narrow, it deviates to the usual notion of being a claustrophobic space as one would think.
The eponymous Keret House serves as a temporary home for travelling writers like Israeli writer Etgar Keret.
The Hobbit House, Wales
Movies always give you inspiration. It unleashes your creative minds. Photographer and Lord of the Rings (LOTR) fanatic, Simon Dale couldn’t agree more. That is why he made the Hobbit house.
Nestled perfectly in the woods of Wales, the Hobbit house comes straight out of Hobbiton – an incredibly akin home that resembles the dwellings in LOTR.
What’s even more surprising with this wooden eco-home is it only constructed in four months costing a total of £3,000.
Glass House in Tokyo
The Transparent house in Tokyo by Sou Fukimoto boasts a modern, transparent and bold style. Unlike any other building in the neighbourhood, the transparent house is plastered with large glass windows with hardly any walls. Embracing plenty of sunlight, it also creates an interestingly panoramic view of the neighbourhood.
With the vast 914 sq ft space, it features the contemporary aesthetic and adventurous appeal of every vertical living space.
Boeing 727 Hotel in Costa Rica
As an eccentric teenager, have you ever thought of a post-apocalyptic world where zombies will roam the world and you’d end up living in a dilapidated plane? Maybe you don’t need zombies to turn this fantasy into reality.
The Boeing 727 Hotel is a novelty space that offers an epic view of the ocean. It is a 2-bedroom dwelling that is adorned with endless windows (Well, windows seats, of course.) If you’re dreaming of living in a plane, you could maybe upcycle an old Boeing too.
Hằng Nga Guesthouse, Dalat, Vietnam
Vietnam is a country rich in culture and the arts. It is the home of the most intricate and idyllic temples. True to its nature, the country is also the home for one of the most uniquely structured houses in the world.
Hang Nga Guesthouse is built and designed by architectural outlier and presidential daughter, Dang Viet. It’s bizarre edifice closely mirrors the organic growth of a Banyan Tree.
Best known as “Crazy House”, this unconventional building can host guests and visitors for an affordable price of 40,000 VND. (that’s around 2 dollars)
Cappadocia Rock Houses, Central Anatolia, Turkey
Caves and huts are not the homes of the past, but the present too. The Cappadocia Rock House is a cave-like rock house that is carved out from soft rocks. It’s quite a story on how these houses are formed. Compared to well-design architectural landscapes, these houses are a product of nature.
Millions of years ago, volcanic eruptions covered the entire region with ashes which solidified into soft rock. Due to wind and rain, formations of cones, pillars, and chimneys were more evident that people formed a network leading to different buildings and towns.
"The Lighthouse" Revolving Home, Auckland, New Zealand
Sick of your patio’s view day in, day out? You’d be in love with this rotating house in Auckland, New Zealand. Wake up kissed by the warmth of the sun and soak up gorgeous vistas from every room of the house through this revolutionary architecture.
The Light House Revolving House is one that ticks the boxes for smart and innovative living space. Interestingly, it can swivel, spin, and rotate with just a touch of a switch – allowing you to enjoy the view from any room in the house.
Giant Seashell House, Mexico
You can draw inspirations for things you create from nature – the gentle wisps of clouds, the vibrant colours of the rainbow, and even the eccentric geometry of shells. Many have wondered what life would be if you’d have shells as houses. That’s why Javier Senosiain, a talented architect of Arquitectura Organica, made seashells the inspiration for his masterpiece.
Located in Mexico City, the giant seashell house highlights the warmth lighting of the living space with a giant wall of coloured mosaics.
Church Converted into Modern Family Home, Netherlands
Do you ever imagine living in an abandoned church? The idea seems a bit eerie and inappropriate, but what are you ought to do with hundreds of empty churches scattered throughout the country?
Reusing and redecorating God’s house to make it a house for the people can be a rewarding experience. Converting old churches into a modern family home is quite a trend.
Church of Living Utrecht serves as a fully functional home complete with all amenities. It boasts a unique exterior architecture as it intensifies a bold statement with a white clean interior space.