Living in North America, we’ve become accustomed to luxurious estates with absolutely stunning backyards. After all, our society tends to prioritize what the rich and famous are up to and what new home they’ve bought is no exception. However, big doesn’t always mean interesting. There are houses all over the world that have been designed without traditional style in mind. These houses are unique and, quite honestly, are a work of art. Interested in how architects break the traditional mould of a house? Well, read on, because I’ve got seven incredibly homes that may make you envious! Or, they may just make you love your home a little more.
Wale’s Hobbit House
New Zealand isn’t the only home to Hobbit-size homes. Located in Wales, this home was built by Simon Dale, who forwent convention and built an eco-friendlier home. The home was constructed using various aspects of nature, including oak thinnings that were gathered by the family. The walls and foundation were built from stone and mud, while straw bales were used to insulate the house.
The Home on the Rock
In Serbia, on a rock located in the Drina River stands a small, but rather interesting home. The home was built in 1968 by a group of boys, who simply sought refuge from the waves to enjoy some sunshine. Obviously, jagged rocks aren’t the comfiest to settle on, and they decided to grab a few wooden boards from shore to lie on. This led to the idea of building a home on the rock. For forty-five years, this little home has stood strong against the waves and winds, becoming quite the tourist attraction.
The Keret House
Designed by Polish architect, Jakub Szcszesny, the Keret House has to be the narrowest house in the world. Built in between a pre-war house and an apartment building, it measures 4.99 feet at its widest point. However, while I wouldn’t recommend staying in it if you are claustrophobic, it is semi-transparent and naturally lit.
The Transparent Home
Speaking of naturally lit homes, Tokyo has one of the most unique houses in the world. Known as House NA, this home is built in a modern style but lacks the walls one would normally see. The large glass windows are absolutely gorgeous (although, probably not that fun to clean!) and allow plenty of daylight into the home. Of course, with no walls, House NA does lack privacy as anyone can see into it.
Egg on the Sidewalk
You’ve heard of the tiny home, now get ready for the tiny egg home! In many places around the world, the cost of living is extremely high. For some, buying a home may not be feasible, and for Dai Haifei, that was the case. Unable to afford a home, Dai Haifei designed and built a little egg to stay in. Perhaps the egg-shaped house can’t really be considered a house, as it only has room for a bed, water tank, and small night table, but it does the trick!
The Old Water Tower
It’s always incredibly sad to see buildings with amazing history get torn down to make more space for modern amenities. Mauro Brigham, an architect in Belgium, refused to let that happen with an old water tower. Simply known as Chateau d’eau, Brigham converted the tower into a single-family home, equipped with the latest technology. While the exterior has been restored to its original state, the inside has a gorgeous minimalist design. There’s even a wrap-around chalkboard where guests can leave messages! With its very distinctive shape, Chateau d’eau is certainly a home that no one else will own.
Half a Home
If you think some of these houses are rather odd, imagine living in one that is only half of one! Built between 1890 and 1893, the house is identical to five other buildings on the same street. The only difference? This one is missing its other half. While the other houses previously mentioned were built to look unique, this one was made unique due to the family refusing to sell it to developers. So, in order to make room for more condos, the developers tore down the attached property beside it. How they managed that without damaging the home? I’m not entirely sure, but it certainly makes this area of Toronto rather interesting.
Would you ever consider living in one of these homes? Or are they simply too much for your taste?