A square house on a quiet residential block or an apartment in the city is not on the list of ideal house choices for some people. Some folks are “out of the box” and express their unique personalities in their homes. Think of the most random house your mind can possibly conjure- I’ll bet it’s not as wacky as the collection I’ve come up with. See below for the most interesting, wacky, cool, “out of this world” homes you can ever imagine.
“Way Out” Homes
Recycling old airplanes and remodeling them as homes is the newest trend. The flow of the layout may be a little awkward but there is plenty of living space and an abundance of windows (though they are rather small). The metal structure of a plane, plus the fact that it’s sealed and pressurized, gives it a long, strong life.
Dr. Suess house is my own name for this home really known as “Bubble House”. The odd house was designed by architect Antti Lovag for fashion designer Pierre Cardin. The seemingly random layout was created to take full advantage of the Volcanic Azur Landscape and a beautiful view of the Mediterranean.
This floating house seems to be a mystery. Supported by a beam it somehow still stands strong somewhere in Ukraine. No one knows what the exact story behind the home is, but it’s for sure interesting enough to be included in this list.
The guitar house, built by award winning country western singer and song writer Elvis L. Carden, is one of a kind in this world. The 3,800 square foot home inspired his famous album “Living in an Old Guitar”.
Watch the home take a walk:
The Walking House is 10 feet high and solar and wind powered. The home can actually stroll, across all terrains, at a regular walking pace. The fully functional home houses a mainframe computer which controls its legs. The home was designed to provide a solution of rising water levels- when the river raises the home simply walks away.
The Pickle Barrel House was built to replicate the cartoon “The Teenie Weenies”. The Teenies were a family of miniature people who lived in a normal sized world. In one advertisement the Teenies were shown living in a pickle barrel. William Donahey, the author of the Teenies built the Pickle Barrel Home as a surprise for his wife in 1926. The home became such a sensation the Donaheys had to move it to a more private location.
The Shoe House was built by shoe magnate Mahlon Haines as an advertisement. Haines owned 40 shoe stores in Maryland and Pennsylvania and knew the value of self promotion. The Shoe was built near the highway so passing traffic could see the huge advertisement. Haines lent out the home to honeymooners and older couples as a weekend home complete with a maid and a butler.
Better known as “The Mushroom house”, this strange spooky house was designed by architect Terry Brown and his students from the University of Cincinnati. Brown lived and worked in the house while he worked at the university. This unusual structure was created from wood, colored glass, shells and tiles.
The absolutely distinctive Toilet House was built by Sim Jae-duck, the chairman of the organizing committee of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association. Sim’s purpose in his home’s design was to bring awareness to the need for better bathroom sanitation. The official name of the Toilet House is Haewoojae, which in Korean means “a place of sanctuary where one can solve one’s worries”.
The UFO shaped house was constructed by Curtis W. King simply because he liked to build unusual things. The home is fully functional with everything a normal home needs but is still quite uncomfortable due to the short walls and curved ceiling.
This upside down house, surprisingly not unique in the world, was built by Daniel Czapiewski a businessman from Poland. Czapiewski built the house to show what he thought of the communist era. The builders got so dizzy constructing the home they rushed like mad and managed to finish it in just 114 days.