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). It features a showcase bathroom in the centre and is equipped with rainwater harvesting technology. The 40 foot version can be picked up at a reasonable price, about £2000/$3000 for a used one. Inside the house, benches can be folded away to allow more room when needed. This was an amazing hub. Contemporary Sunset Residence in Singapore . It has often been used as a location for editorial fashion photography and film festival parties. A removable dock was built to the egg to allow entrance. 1. 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). The mind behind the creative Artist continue to amaze me.. Built by Curtis King in 1972, the Spaceship House has a long and interesting history, which featured in The Wall Street Journal in 2008. This wine cellar doesn't bear much resemblance to the wood-and-stone wine cellars seen in … I remember some years ago watching an interview with a German couple. 4/18 Gaudi-inspired modernist marvel. The Dallas, Texas city hall was built upside down. She also owns ThinkGlink.com, where readers can find real estate and personal finance resources. Three floors out of five have been completed so far, with 2 bedrooms, a kitchen, 2 reception rooms, and a bathroom. This pertains more to house exterior materials, but we also feature a variety of beautiful houses based on the exterior material. 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. Yesterday I told my relatives about the Toilet House and the kids all giggled over the souveneir poos. So if you have a windmill, church, converted barn, period property, old schoolhouse, nuclear bunker or anything unique or unusual to sell - list it here free today! See more ideas about unusual homes, architecture, amazing architecture. For a limited time, UnusualHomes.co.uk is providing the option to SELL YOUR UNIQUE HOME FOR FREE including all unique homes, unusual properties, boats, land and more. It has been rumored that the reason the improvements were made were because the local council wanted to demolish it. Great job on this one. I bet you had a lot of fun looking for them. Thanks for sharing this eye candy and information about the homes. I must admit that I love the cargotecture name as well. 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. Australian architecture firm McBride Charles Ryan created the cloud house as an extension on a century-old Edwardian home. 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. 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. The Netherlands has over 3,500 polders, which are areas of land below sea level that are prone to flooding. Some of this architecture can be described as "visionary" because it focuses on a variety of home building solutions for future generations and oversteps the boundaries of traditional home building design. The layout is a fun one to use, try it yourself! Check out green houses here. 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. The arched design, which is repeated throughout the home, gives it the feel of a Gothic-style church. To reach the front door, the visitor must enter through a barn and walk through an underground tunnel. Over 110 rooms were carved into the side of a cliff about 92km northwest of Beijing in the Tang Dynasty. 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. but despite the small size, this house … After reading through your hub, I can't stop thinking about the Hằng Nga Guesthouse in Vietnam. Designed and built by F2 Architecture, the Pole House overlooks the Great Ocean Road in Australia and takes advantage of its location and spectacular views in a very unusual way. Here are 10 houses with unusual floor plans, which ignore convention and are shaped like sausages, stars and even eyeballs. The Guyaju Caves are known as the largest cliff residence ever discovered in China and are also known as “the biggest maze of China”. By Katherine Odams. Light comes in from light holes or beautifully made windows. It is described as a container city and is used as student accommodation. 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. Invented and manufactured by Canadian couple Tom and Rosy Chudleigh, Free Spirit Spheres are built for customers worldwide who want to experience life in a suspended treehouse. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 22, 2014: What an incredible hub. The home is on the market for $3.2 million. Hence, Dallas has an upside down building but not like the upside down house. They come in various makes and models as do the other houses that we mention. 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. Imagine coming home after a few to many beers and seeing the upside down house. I will be continuing to follow your interesting finds that you share. At the highest level of the communal cave was found a two storey stone house, featuring furniture which may have belonged to the leader of the tribe. 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. Maybe that could be the subject of another hub of yours Suzanne—"Inside Tour of Weird Houses". CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on July 08, 2015: Good job in putting all this together! great hub, thanks! Antti Lovag is still designing unusual houses at 90 years of age. Originally Dar al Hajar was built on the remains of another building on top of a rock and has since become a famous icon in Yemen. The first prototype is currently nearing completion in Mexico. 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. The home features a 1950s-style, four-lane bowling alley, complete with a dining area and snack bar. SELL YOUR UNUSUAL PROPERTY NOW! Architect Peter Vetsch designed the houses to blend into the landscape, using the earth as insulation and protection from rain, wind and ice. 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. In 2007, he rebuilt his house in the shape of a toilet. They are strong enough to accommodate up to 8 people and usually require a ladder to enter. There are even round beds to match. All you have to do is click the download button and you have some excellent and engaging lesson ideas all about Houses and Homes at your fingertips. 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. 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. 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. This house is as dramatic as it is simple. Wonderful job! Jim Poteet’s creation looks bright and exciting and sets a new benchmark in shipping container house design. Via Seven Developments. Not only has that hub totally absorbed and distracted me for the last lordy knows how long - aside from the superb content it is a phenomenal achievement of 'hub architecture' in itself! 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 … Different Types of Houses Around the World Architects and home developers coined the term modern to denote houses featuring horizontal exteriors, lots of glass and what’s called “intentional asymmetry.” Modern homes are sleek, simple, free of frills and are built of organic materials. 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. Along with wonderful glass features, Victorian-style houses feature grand, high ceilings that often make rooms appear larger than they truly are, and this works particularly well for smaller terraced houses. Architectural sculptor Robert Bruno was a bit disappointed with the flat landscape and found something a bit more exciting he could work with at Ransom Canyon. You organized this article very well into the different types of houses. For this reason, upcycled houses tend to be rather unique and one-of-a-kind affairs. Thanks for posting this hub. The project was designed to allow green space with residency near the Vuurplaat Harbour, as well as excellent city views. Nearby, Robert Bruno also built the Lawson Rock House in Ransom Canyon. We have clients in over 70 countries. From an aerial perspective, the house cannot be seen at all, as the top is completely covered with native grasses and blends perfectly into the scenery. It’s been used as a successful holiday let, however its unusual construction means getting a traditional mortgage could be challenging. Listed for sale at $3.5 million, the home’s carved and cavelike interior is reminiscent of Fred and Wilma’s rocky home. 10 homes with unique -- and over-the-top -- features. :). 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. Construction of the building began in 2006. 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. Or how about a completely transparent house, or one that is a spitting image of the Flintstones' cave? The story goes that the Contractor read and built the building with the plans upside down. Oh yes -- and voting up+++ and sharing. The Unique House Plans is not your average collection of home designs. 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. Most of these houses are local landmarks and have a distinctive theme or artistic look about them. 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. Invented by artist Jayson Fann, they involve twining eucalyptus branches together to create a sturdy, small house for sleeping or relaxing. BigBlue54 from Hull, East Yorkshire on February 04, 2014: There was one, cmoneyspinner, but someone walked off with it. The Alfredo Santa Cruz family constructed this house from 1,200 plastic PET bottles, to promote ecological and social responsibility. The home is on the market for $1.5 million, but a sale is pending. I would live in any of the homes shown in a heartbeat! Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on January 29, 2014: @BigBlue54 - Thank you for your suggestions. 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. So interesting and well researched. 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. Small guest residence in the trees . The foundation was made of flat stones, upon which was built a wooden frame which would hold a few layers of turf. 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. James plans on building a life sized lego ship for his next project. Ilyce R. 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Interesting indeed and I enjoyed it! Sim Jae Duck, mayor of Suwon and Chairman of the Wold Toilet Association, was born in his grandmother’s bathroom and decided to dedicate his life to healthy ablutions, water conservation and improving global access to clean, efficient and working sanitation. 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. 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. 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. 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 Palm Springs, Calif., home has a number of artistic touches -- after all it was the home of graphic designer Jeffrey Kerns -- but one of the more unusual features has to be one of the more practical. While not all luxury homes have all the features below, many luxury homes have some of the features. Disappointed with the 1950s architecture in Vienna, Austrian artist Erwin Wurm designed a series of “fat” objects, including a house, a truck, a sausage dog and a series of cars, to bring a sense of humor and lightheartedness to serious objects. I love the turf houses, and we have looked into the possibility of container homes on the property we are going to buy. A pair of igloos were built near the town of Kvivik and are designed to offer temporary, novelty accommodation for tourists in a panoramic setting between the mountains and the bay. Most of the photos i recognize from my PInterest board on unusual architecture . Voted up, awesome. 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. The Project has been running since 1986 and amazing houses and street decorations have been built out of upcycled materials. Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on May 20, 2015: Great essay, incredible! 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. But its most unique feature is the full-scale replica of the labyrinth at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres in France. Suzanne Day (author) from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on January 22, 2014: Thanks Jodah, it took me almost three weeks full time to write it, and I could hardly wait for it to be released upon the world.....and the choices....how to pick the weirdest ones? ps. 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. I still can't imagine staying the night in this home. 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). 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. View in gallery. Voted up & interesting. These nest homes are used as forest getaways or beach homes in California. 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. 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. This castle bed featured in an Austin, Texas, home takes the old race car bed to a whole new level. And it doesn’t hurt that they also add value to your home. Copyright © 2021 CBS Interactive Inc. All rights reserved. Lots of eco friendly features are built into the home, such as a southerly aspect maximising daylight and solar heat in winter. 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. 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. I would love to plan a trip specifically to see many of these houses. 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. ologsinquito from USA on January 25, 2014: This is an amazing article. 3/18 The Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage. Harriet Swindell's “Cute and unusual homes” Pinterest page. The second storey deck provides shade in summer. It has around 2000 km 2 in width and 260.000 people living there. 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