The majority of us live in homes or work in buildings that would be considered the norm or not too far from the norm. The following buildings are a far cry from this and are a sneak peek into some houses of the past and possibly a look into buildings of the future. To put it mildly some of the more adventurous buildings the world has to offer.
The Crooked House
In 2004, the crooked house was built in Sopot, Poland, it’s widely recognised as one of the most unique and strangest looking buildings in the world. The inspiration for such a unique design is accredited to the paintings and drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer, a Polish artist and illustrator of children’s books, and Per Dahlberg, a Swedish painter. From the obtuse angles of the sash windows to the acute angles of the door frames, each element is fascinating and one can only marvel at its design.
The Tree – House
By Tree Hugger
Horace Burgees, a land scape architect/minister, started off on the project to build the world’s largest tree house in 1993. He finished it 11 years later; it stands at 97 feet tall and estimated between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet. It’s located in Crossville Tennessee. Burgees, now lives in the 10- story tree house after he received the all clear from “God”, maybe it was a bit of a sequel to Noah’s Arc.
Anyway, the case stands that it is the largest Tree house in the world, with a reported $12,000 of his own money spent on the project, on a variety of materials, from the 258,000 nails to the 450 pieces of furniture.
The Lego House
By Design Crave
British TV personality James May is known as being a bit eccentric and this came to the fore when he embarked on his journey to build a house made of Lego. The two story house in Dorking, Surrey, U.K. was constructed using an estimated 3.3 million pieces of Lego and more it’s reported more than 1,000 people worked on the project. It has built in Lego furniture and a working toilet. However, it was knocked down in 2009, as nobody would take it off his hands!
Below is a video of the construction process:
The Fairy Chimney Houses
By Alasken Dude
While these houses have a slight look of decay or horror about them, the Fairy chimney houses are carved out of rocks during the Roman period and somewhat of a historical landmark. They are located in Cappadocia, Turkey. Known as being a religious monastic region between 300-1200 AD. The site comprises of many rock-hewn churches and chapels, as well as some remnants of the underground cities. They still stand to this day!
The Igloo House
Jimmy Grey is an unemployed, 25 year old from Aquilla just on the outskirts of Cleveland. He was feeling restless. He looked outside and saw snow and decided to set out on his project, to build an igloo. With a heavy snowfall during the winter, Jim decided to get to work on his masterpiece; the igloo has 4 rooms and 6 feet high ceilings. He powers the TV with an extension cord plugged into an outlet in the garage. He also ran wires for cable television with surround-sound stereo. Grey says candles help add ambiance for night time get-togethers with friends, and the freezing temperatures mean that the beer never goes warm.
The Rock House
By Feliciano Guimares
The saying “been living under a rock?” comes to mind! Inspired by the Flintstones cartoons, this stunning house was constructed between two giant stones on the hillside of Fafe Mountains in Portugal. Known as A Casa do Penedo, or “the House of Stone,” it was built between four large boulders found on the site. Although the house is slightly Neolithic in nature, one may be surprised that it has a fireplace and a swimming pool–carved out of one of the large rocks.
The house was built in 1974, but because of its unusual design, the house attracts many tourists from all over the world each year.
Depending on your taste, you may find the following selection of houses incredibly bizarre or possibly architectural master pieces. But no matter what, you have to marvel at the creativity and innovation of each house offers and how a vision can become a reality!