A well designed building is sometimes seen as an physical extension of an architect’s vision. And, what if the architect believed in something more fantastical than the regular servings of modernist and vernacular homes? Well, then this list occurs! So, without further ado, let us check out the twelve most eccentrically designed homes from around our planet.
1) Cubic Houses (in Rotterdam, Netherlands) –
Designed by architect Piet Blom, the Cubic Houses are symbolic urban manifestations of trees in a forest, and as such they are arranged as collective neighborhoods in particular areas of the city. Based on the spatial concept of high density living, the ‘foliage’ of these buildings provide most of the habitable space, while the ground level acts the support element. As for their Inception-like geometric forms – the top floors are actually cubes tilted at 45 degrees, and they rest on vertical pylons with hexagonal shapes.
2) Kettle House (in Galveston, USA) –
According to the grapevine, the Kettle House in Texas was built in the 1950’s, with an inverted silo being fashioned into an odd looking habitable space. In any case, the dwelling was sturdy enough to impressively withstand the thunderous 2009’s Hurricane Ike. Interestingly, there is more to the Kettle House than just its eccentric bearing – according to many locals, an elusive man maintains the interior of the abode, and yet he disappears for long periods in an year after dutifully doing his job.
3) Voglreiter Auto Residence (in Salzburg, Austria) –
The ‘dynamic’ dwelling of designer Markus Voglreiter, the Auto Residence is supposedly inspired by a 70’s style house. And while its automobile-esque embodiment might make us ‘worry’ about its relative compactness, the residence is actually quite spacious with two floors and two wings that house two generations of the designer’s family. Moreover, the expansive ambit is complemented by contemporary design considerations, including built-in energy saving amenities and sustainable infrastructure.
4) Stone House (in Guimarães, Portugal) –
In one of our earlier posts, we had talked about California’s Flinstones House. However, the Stone House snugly nestled in Portugal’s Fafe Mountains, takes the honor for ‘pre-historic naturalism’ with the utilization of real, unfinished stone blocks connected via a concrete construction. On closer inspection, we can also make out some familiar stuff like the shingled roof and the disparate window openings.
5) The Spaceship House (in Chattanooga, USA) –
Boasting of nigh perfect views of the nearby Tennessee River as well as the Signal Mountain, the Spaceship House (built in 1972) burst into the realm of the sensationalism circa 2008. The alien-esque embodiment comprises of 2,000 sq ft of habitable space with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, a living room and of course a recreational area. And, one shouldn’t also worry about its seemingly precariously perched position – the ‘flying saucer’ is sturdily supported by six solid concrete pillars.
6) Haewoojae or “Toilet House” (in Suwon, South Korea) –
This two-storey construction in Suwon (which is just south of Seoul), is a striking tribute to the porcelain gods residing privately in our bathrooms. In fact, Haewoojae more or less translates to “a place of sanctuary where one can solve one’s worries” in Korean – and the building was aptly unveiled by Sim Jae-duck, the chairman of the World Toilet Association General Assembly. And while you may not be too impressed with its seemingly gamy credentials, the 4,500 sq ft abode boasts of two bedrooms, two guestrooms and three state-of-the-art toilet booths!