Home is not only where the heart is: it’s also where the imagination lies. All over the world, there are uniquely designed residences that manage to be freaky and functional at the same time.
A bio-climatic solar house design, the Heliodome resembles a huge sundial. It is positioned on a fixed angle related to the sun’s movements. During the cooler seasons, sunlight pours through the large windows, warming the rooms, and summer months are cooler because the design enables convenient shading.
During the 1980s, innovative architect Piet Blom designed the Kubuswoningen houses, a famous and eye-catching assortment of yellow cube homes in Rotterdam. Each Kubuswoningen is shaped like a tilted block, with windows and skylights and a small balcony. Exterior walls lean downward toward the ground and upward to meet the sun.
Chinese rooftop villa
A wealthy Chinese property owner illegally built a massive villa, complete with a garden, on top of an apartment block in Beijing. Neighbours complained to authorities, concerned that the sheer weight of the residence could cause a building collapse. Finally the government issued a warning to the owner, medical practitioner Zhang Biqing, to tear it down.