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The Worlds Strangest Looking Homes

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.

The Heliodome

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.

Kubuswoningen houses

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.

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The Haewoojae

In Koran, Haewoojae means house where one’s anxiety is satisfied. The famous 4,500 sq.ft.building in Suwon, South Korea, is made from steel, concrete, and glass and shaped like a toilet. Inside are two bedrooms, two guest rooms, and three luxury toilets. Sim Jae-Duck, chairman of the World Toilet Association General Assembly’s organising committee, said that it symbolises the need for better sanitation worldwide.

Rooftop houses

One of the architectural wonders of Dongguan, China is a pair of houses perched on top of a factory building. The homes were built in 2013 and feature in nearly all ‘Unusual Homes; lists. Local media states that the Chinese government insists that the sizes of the homes are not in line with the original design, and the construction should be ruled illegal.

Keret House

Wedged between two buildings in Warsaw and 122 centimetres across at its widest point, Keret House provides a temporary home for travelling writers. The main body of the property is raised on stilts and accessed via a staircase.

Flying saucer house

Built in 1970, the so-called ‘flying saucer house’ in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has several levels, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and an entryway staircase that retracts and lowers with the touch of a button.

Backpack house

In 2008, Liu Lingchao made a decision to walk to his home in Guangxi from Shenzhen, where he was working. Using plastic beds, bamboo, and bedsheets, he constructed a ‘portable home’ measuring 2 metres high and 1.5 metres wide to carry with him as he walked 12 miles per day. The home weighs 132 pounds and continues to draw attention whenever Liu travels.

River rock house

In 1968 a group of young men built a small house on a rock on the Drina River near Bajina Basta in Serbia. They decided that the remote yet accessible spot was a perfect place for a small shelter. The home’s current co-owner was involved in its construction.


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