Most of us know what it is like to live in brick or mortar buildings, with simple walls, windows, and doors. But maybe some of your dream to create your own underground living space or build a life-sized lego house. The good news is, there are actually houses all over the world that is far distinct from the traditional, providing a unique way of life, and a place to live that is just as much craft as it is a home.
So, if you’re looking for inspirations to build your home, here are actual-built homes you can show to your new home builder (not Photoshop creations) of which are great examples that are scattered around on the web. The architects of these houses are no doubt talented and clever with their ideas. We hope you’ll have fun looking at them too!
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The architect designed this kind of house built into the vigorous waterfall on site since there was not enough land to build a full home on this parcel. This amazing house is situated on Bear Run in Pennsylvania.
The Keret House
Located in Poland, the Keret House is the world’s slimmest house. It’s 152 centimetres wide at its most extensive point. It’s resident and also its designer, Jakub Szczęsny, wanted to make sure that no urban spaces go underutilized. This is why he squeezed his house in between two other buildings, measuring only from 92 to 152 centimetres in width.
Old Water Tower Home
Want a more historical and interesting house? This 100-feet high water tower in Belgium was put in service as a Nazi hideout during the Second World War. Just imagine that not only water was the thing this tower stored. A Belgian design firm decided later on to turn this 100-foot high tower into an extremely comfortable and good looking house.
Brooklyn Clock Tower House
This one is unique and probably more expensive, unlike most other houses we’ve listed here. This is situated at the top of the Brooklyn’s Clock Tower and comes with a price tag of $18 million. This luxurious 7,000 square foot penthouse overlooks Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens providing some of the most wonderful views in all of New York City.
The Flintstones House
A lot of us would remember our childhood memories with this home inspired by the American animated sitcom, The Flintstone, that was very popular during the 60S. This ‘rocking’ house is located in Malibu, California with a price of $3.5 million. Situated on 23 acres, giving you views of the Serrano Valley, the Pacific Ocean, Channel Islands, and Boney Mountains.
The Mobile Aquatic Pod
This was design by Stephen Turner as a personal experiment. The “Exbury Egg” was planned to be an art installation but turned into Stephen’s house on the water. Set out as an extreme minimal living solution, the egg is towed by boat to its home and the wooden exterior is meant to weather over time to blend in with the swamps in which it resides.
The pod comes with a one-room living space, a standard shower, hammock and cooking equipment are carried within. The dock is removable that was built to the egg to allow entrance. The ergonomic egg shape bounces lightly on the tide and is secured by ropes, making it the perfect mobile floating home.
Villa Vals, Therme Vals
Constructed into a hillside to merge in with its natural surroundings and offer unbarricaded views of the alpine local scenery. It’s situated near the famous thermal springs of Vals. To get to the front door, the guest must enter through a barn and walk through an underground tunnel. It was designed by Christian Müller Architects and SeARCH, which has a smart interior and is accessible to rent for tourists to Therme Vals.
Giant Seashell House
Located in Mexico City, this Giant Seashell house is a home to a family of four. This home is inspired by the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and Antoni Gaudi architects. You can see the traces of their work in the use of coloured glasses on the exterior of the house.
Slide House Japan
A slide is inside a house? What’s more fun than that, right? It’s located in the Naka Meguro neighbourhood of Tokyo. It’s a three-story slide house in Japan that has a regular staircase on one side of the house, and the fun part is on the other side that has a slide which allows you to slide your way down to the first floor.
It’s might be true for this homeowner that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! This dumpster home is on a whole new level. This very unusual home is designed by Gregory Kloehn from California that turned an old dumpster home into his Brooklyn home. It might look like a dump to other people but he has incorporated all of the essential amenities a great apartment has, such as microwave, mini-stove, some storage space, and even a tiny little toilette.
Plus, if you don’t like your neighbours, you can push it a block over.