When we think of a house, it usually the structure with front doors, windows, square or rectangular shape, with the roof and a chimney. Thalia, the muse of comedy, geometry, architectural science and agriculture, didn’t forget to inspire this segment of human life. Designs worthy of art are present in house building all over the world. People enjoy observing them, while some love calling them their own. But although some are breathtakingly impressive and remarkable, they can also be awkward and making us look at the architecture from different and fresh perspective. So, without further ado, here are some of the both most interesting and most unusual house designs in the world.
With a maximum width of 122 centimeters, tiny house in Warsaw, Poland is the work of architect Jakub Szczesny and is placed between the two buildings. Keret House is the narrowest house in the world built specifically for Israeli author Etgar Keret. The house has everything from the kitchen to bedroom and is the fine example of minimalist design.
Building the structures inspired by famous movies, TV shows, and books have become a common practice among the greatest of fans. That’s how we have the Flintstone Cave house in Malibu, California or Star Trek Voyager house in Hinckley, Leicestershire. We chose to present the Hobbit House in Pembrokeshire, Wales. Simon Dale decided to create this dwelling during his project to build a home for him and his family which will be eco-friendly and cost-effective. It took him 4 months and £3000 to finish the house in 2003, but now he enjoys the same beautiful landscape as Frodo Baggins did.
With the idea to simulate the way our ancestors lived in the trees, Sou Fujimoto architects designed entirely see-through building in Tokyo, Japan. House NA doesn’t provide any privacy, not even in the restrooms but is completely equipped with all residential necessities.
Sim Jae-duck is the South Korean politician who got his nickname Mr. Toilet because of his efforts and success in remodeling and beautifying public restrooms. In order to commemorate the meeting of the World Toilet Association, he built the two-story house shaped as a toilet in Suweon, South Korea. This is all in support of the South Korean toilet revolution aiming to improve the worldwide hygiene. Another tidbit is that Sim Jae-duck was born in the toilet, is committed to creating clean restrooms in South Korea and now is living in one.
Two Swedish architects Johan Selbing and Anouk Vogel built in Almere, Netherlands, a house completely covered in reflective glass. The Mirror House is a private property and is situated on the grassy terrain of the Noorderplassen-West forest completely blended with the landscape. Inside is completely furnished and can be adapted to different styles.
Upside Down House
Polish businessman Daniel Czapiewski built the Upside Down House in a small village Szymbark in Poland. The house is Czapiewski’s project and represents his statement about the Communist era. It took 114 days for its construction which was more than planned because the workers were confused and disoriented with the upside-down construction requirements. Even the tourists say they feel a slight dizziness and nausea after a few minutes inside.
A young Chinese architect Dai Haifei disappointed by the rise of property prices decided to build a small house which can provide the tenant with the basic needs. This so-called Egg House because of its shape is located in Beijing and cost $960 to build due to the cheap materials and solar panels, as well as grass roof which will provide protection. This small house is moveable and cost-effective although missing the bathroom so the young architect goes every day for a swimming where he also showers.
Gangster Nikolai Sutyagin started constructing the Wooden Skyscraper in Arkhangelsk, Russia with the idea to create the tallest building in the town. After he seen the architectural wonders in Japan and Norway, he became convinced that the roof space needed upgrading so he continued building several floors up without any particular order until soon enough the shape became disorderly and distorted. Because he spent years in prison the house started deteriorating and in 2012 it burned to the ground.
Palais Bulles or the Bubble House in France is an unfinished home for the fashion designer Pierre Cardin only 35 years old. Listed as a historic monument by the French Ministry of Culture and designed by Antii Lovagg, a Hungarian architect, this futuristic house is an example of organic construction and perfectly fits with the volcanic landscape of the French Riviera.
Dar-al Hajar is a summer home in Yemen built in the ‘30s for the Islamic leader Imam Yahya and it’s one of the most interesting rock-cut houses in architecture. This popularly named Rock Palace has a great number of secret passages which go all the way underground of its structure. After some roof painting and restoration, today it’s a museum which also serves as a viewpoint enabling visitors to enjoy the whole landscape around it.
Due to the ever-growing population and not enough accommodation possibilities, not to mention the high prices for purchasing or leasing a home, some of these structures seem like a perfect solution for modern living. But, some of the designs may also be perfect for undeveloped countries where poverty and living conditions are at the lowest level. As for the rest, they are the proof that human mind doesn’t see nor feel any obstacle to try to achieve greatness even in something so ordinary to most of us as is the house.