Designing a home is no small task. Some people like to express their creativity through the curtains they buy for their home, some through art and some take the help of the interior décor to satisfy their creative hunger. But not many people go as weird as getting inspired by Flintstones (cartoon) to create an abode for themselves.
From living in a transparent glass house to using an old renovated water tower as their dwelling place, people have gone to extremes when making a statement. Look at the world's top 6 weirdest and most unusual houses that will make you go, "OH, MY GOD! Is this for real?"
The world is full of creative minds that can transform how we perceive even the simplest and most basic things, like a house. We've all seen some interesting houses in our lifetime, but they can't even hold a candle to the insane houses that we're about to show you. These strange and unusual structures are memorable, each in its unique way.
Everyone has a different way of expressing themselves. Some choose art forms like music and dancing, and others like to write poems and prose. However, one of the most underrated forms of art is architecture. Designing a great home is no easy task. A home where its residents can feel more comfortable than anywhere else.
Although most architects design homes that fit properly into the urban centres worldwide, a few like to stand out. They use their homes to make a statement. Here's a look at some of the most bizarre houses from around the world.
The Pole House (Australia)
This house is as dramatic as it is simple. 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. The plot on which it was built is a steep hillside which presented a challenge.
The architects came up with the most intriguing solution. They built a concrete platform on a 13-metre high tower and put the house on top. They emphasised the views by elevating them like that but faced a second challenge: there was no way to access the house comfortably. The architects also built a narrow concrete bridge that links the house to the hillside to solve this problem.
The Flintstones House, Malibu, California
Well, didn't we all love the Flintstones family! Architect William Nicholson from California took the love for the popular cartoon from the 60s to another level. The house is almost a replica of the house owned by the Flintstones family, and the recent renovation has three big dinosaur sculptures installed around the property.
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The Flintstones' house would look as if they were our contemporaries. Everything about this house looks like it's made of stone and has chiselled and uneven surfaces. The lines and the angles are never perfectly straight, and the whole design has a very organic feel.
The Steel House (Texas)
It is not exactly a house but rather a giant work of art. Located 20 minutes outside Lubbock in Texas, the Steel House looks nothing like a conventional home. Once you find out its story, you'll see why that is. It all started in 1973 when unconventional sculptor Robert Bruno started this project.
Until he died in 2008, he worked on this amazing project, handcrafting everything with no outside assistance.
As a result, the house (which was never completed) has a very unusual form that people could interpret in many different ways. Some think it resembles a UFO, others think it looks more like a massive insect, and some compare it to a Star Wars AT-AT Walker.
The Slide House (Japan)
The name pretty much explains everything in this case. The Slide House is one of the most fun and playful homes out there, and yet its design is surprisingly simple and common except for the giant slide, which spans three floors and is an integral part of the building.
It runs the entire inner perimeter of the building with rounded corners. This wonderful house was designed by Level Architects and was completed in 2009. Figuring out all the details, like the right angle of the slope or the best materials for the slide, was not easy, but it all came out great eventually.
The Pas House (California)
It is a skateboarder's dream come true. The PAS House is located in Malibu, California. Its bizarre design results from a collaboration between Francois Perrin, Gil Lebon Delapointe and their client, pro skater and former World Champion Pierre Andre Senizerques.
It's a structure that you can use both for skateboarding and living. The interior is organised into three main areas, one of which is a skateboard practice zone. Of course, it's possible to skate on pretty much everything, including the walls, ceiling and even the furniture. Nothing is off-limits here.
The Seashell House (Mexico City)
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a seashell as hermit crabs do? We want to think it would be like living in this insane house in Mexico City, which looks like a giant seashell. The house was designed by Javier Senosiain, who drew inspiration from the Nautilus.
So, of course, the shell was stylised a bit and its form and design were adapted and translated into this amazing architectural jewel. They completed the project in 2016, and one of the most notable elements, besides the obvious shape of the house, is that great wall of coloured mosaics, which created the most beautiful rainbow effect.
The Keret House (Poland)
You may know this structure as the world's skinniest house, and for good reason since it measures only 122 centimetres at its widest point. You can find this unusual structure in Warsaw, Poland, wedged between two existing buildings. The project started with architect Jakub Szczesny's idea, first presented at the Eola Art festival in 2009.
Then, three years later, who materialised that idea into this installation which will serve indefinitely as a temporary home for travelling writers. The house has no windows but is semi-transparent and has a white interior which allows it to feel a lot less tiny than you'd think.
The Caterpillar House (Chile)
Although we're not sure who chose this name, we can't deny that this house is pretty unconventional and interesting. This cool family home is located in Chile and was designed by shipping containers. Those who used 12 containers, one of which has an open top and serves as a swimming pool.
Of course, that's not the only thing that makes this house special. The most interesting is the distribution of the internal spaces and how the zones interact while maintaining their individuality.
Residential Church Xl (The Netherlands)
Not everyone would enjoy living in a home that used to be something else, but there are plenty of interesting conversion projects, so they must be cool somehow. One of them is a church from Utrech, which in 2009 was converted into a residence. We're talking about the Saint Jakobus Church, which dates back to 1870.
It ceased to function as a church in 1991 and was later used as a showroom for events and furniture displays. Then, in 2007, I transformed the church into a residence to bring this beautiful historical monument back to life. The project was approved, and these are the results.
Cement Factory Conversion (Spain)
If you thought converting a church into a family home was amazing, wait until you see this residence. It's located in Barcelona, Spain, and it used to be a cement factory. It is by far one of the most amazing conversions ever. It was a project completed by Ricardo Bofill, who discovered the factory back in 1973 and decided to give it a new meaning. The factory was abandoned and partially in ruins and had over 30 silos, underground galleries and huge engine rooms.
Certain parts of it were demolished, and who preserved only eight silos. They became offices, archives, a library, a laboratory, a projection room and a space dubbed The Cathedral, which serves as an event venue. Finally, after two years of hard work and planting lots of greenery, the architects turned the basic structure into a stunning complex that serves as his home and office.
Water Tower Conversion (Belgium)
If you didn't already know this, living in a water tower quite comfortably is possible. Numerous towers worldwide have been transformed into cosy homes, and some are inspiring. One of them is located in Steenokkerzeel, a village in Belgium.
It was built sometime between 1938 and 1941 and was in service until the 1990s. At some point, it served as a watchtower and in 2007 underwent a complete renovation when Bham Design Studio converted it into a single-family home.
House Na (Japan)
There's nowhere to hide in this house. It's all transparent with no privacy in any space (except for the bathroom). House NA is located in Tokyo, Japan and was designed by Sou Fujimoto Architects using 21 individual floor plates placed at various heights. Their clients wanted to experience living as nomads in their own homes and were inspired by the idea of living in a tree. So in a way, the whole house is a giant room divided into several smaller rooms.
The Jellyfish House (Spain)
Located in Marbella, Spain, the Jellyfish House is distinguishable from its neighbours through its amazing swimming pool, which cantilevers from the roof. Wiel Arets Architects chose this unusual design solution in response to the fact that the nearby properties were blocking the view of the nearby sea. To let their clients take advantage of this view, they gave this house an infinity-edge rooftop pool with a transparent glass bottom.
The Tree Hotel (Sweden)
Treehouses aren't what they used to be, at least not the modern and sophisticated ones like the Tree Hotel from Harads, Sweden. The structure is a cube-shaped volume wrapped around the trunk of a tall tree. It's lightweight and made of aluminium, and its exterior is clad in mirrored glass, allowing it to perfectly blend in with its surroundings and reflect the sky and the trees.
The interior is made of plywood and offers 360 degrees of the landscape. The internal functions include a living area with a roof terrace, a bedroom and a small bathroom. To reach the entrance, one must traverse a rope bridge connected to the next tree. This was a project by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter.
Hotel Costa Verde (Costa Rica)
Believe it or not, this is a hotel that used to be an actual Boeing 727 aeroplane from 1965. It's one of the most unique, crazy, and unusual hotels globally. The salvaged airframe was salvaged and transported to this site piece by piece. Who then reassembled it on a 50-foot pedestal at the edge of the National Park in Costa Rica. From up there, the views of the jungle are quite amazing.
Dar Al Hajar, Wadi Dhahr Valley, Yemen
This rock house was built by Imam Yahya (an Islamic spiritual leader) in the 1930s as a summer home and offered amazing views from the top for tourists. A good example of Yemeni architecture, "Iman's Rock Palace", is five storeys high and has a system to cool water in earthenware jars. 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.
Eliphante Art House, Cornville, Arizona Usa
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. Described as a handmade and sculptural home, the Elephant was named for its unusual entrance.
Inside is an underground artist's abode with intricate wood, tile and stone mosaics and lots of curves and organic forms. Light comes in from light holes or beautifully made windows. Tourists can visit the house by appointment.
Cappadocia Rock Houses, Central Anatolia, Turkey
Cave Like rock houses, mansions and monasteries are popular tourist attractions in Cappadocia, where the people have carved out houses and tunnels in the soft rock. Millions of years ago, volcanic eruptions covered the region with ash which solidified into the soft rock. Then, wind and rain erosion created unusual formations in cones, mushrooms, pillars, pinnacles, and chimneys that rise as high as 40m.
Due to tunnelling into the soft rock, the residents created an underground network of catacombs leading to towns with buildings up to 8 stories high beneath the ground. Today, some people still live in rock homes, and tourists are welcome to stay in rock hotels and take a hot air balloon trip across the Göreme Valley.
Icelandic Turf Houses, Iceland
Known as the traditional houses of Iceland (as they date back to Viking times), these turf houses resulted from a difficult climate combined with a lack of other materials available. The foundation was made of flat stones, upon which was built a wooden frame that would hold a few layers of turf.
Often, the houses would be interconnected, and the turf would give the buildings extra insulation against the cold.
The Ancient Cliff House, Guyaju, China
Over 110 rooms were carved into the side of a cliff about 92km northwest of Beijing in the Tang Dynasty. The Xiyi people lived in them and built communal caves near a natural spring.
The Guyana Caves are the largest cliff residence ever discovered in China and are known as "the biggest maze of China". Stone steps and ladders were used to connect the different levels, and inside were found stone hearths, wardrobes, beds and managers. 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.
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The Keret House (Poland). You may know this structure as the world's skinniest house, and for good reason since it measures only 122 centimetres at its widest point. You can find this unusual structure in Warsaw, Poland, wedged between two existing buildings.
The homes may be unusual because of their location, size (large or small), age or experimental design. Homes are built over water, on cliffs, on steep hillsides, underground, in trees, and in many other creative places.
A unique home is not like most homes in a given area. A few of the most common things that make a home unique are the value, the layout of the home, or the number of extravagant upgrades.
The 914-sq ft house was inspired by the ancient predecessors of humans who mostly inhabited trees. As it is known, House NA offers ample daylight but without any privacy whatsoever. There are hardly any walls within the house's interior, with huge glass windows.
People may have been living in houses since before there were technically people. The oldest archaeological evidence of house construction comes from the famous Olduvai Gorge (also called Olduvai Gorge) site in Tanzania, and the structure is around 1.8 million years old.