Architectural experiment is always has been fascinating. A mix of concept, spaces, context, function, experience, element, materials, drawings, and many more – put into one whole building. In choosing a living place, people also have different priorities. Some prefers that their house is large spaced so it could accommodate a big family, some prioritize the price, and many more aspects to considerate.
However, have you ever thought of living in a place that is far from ordinary? Well, some architects have created house designs that are very unique looking! From the transparent house to portable house, you will be amazed of these architectural pieces. Curious how they look like? Scroll down to see these 10 of the most unusual homes in the world!
1. Transparent House, Japan
Our first pick goes to Transparent House in Japan! This house which is named House NA is located in Tokyo, designed by Sou Fukimoto Architects. The interior of this house has hardly any walls, and it used large glasses instead. It certainly looks bright and contemporary. With plants placed inside the house, it certainly has a fresh touch for everyone who looks at it.
The downside of this house is definitely the privacy, as the passersby could easily take a look inside the house from outside. Short stairs are connecting one room to the others, making them hardly feels like they’re separate rooms.
“The white steel-frame structure itself shares no resemblance to a tree. Yet the life lived and the moments experienced in this space is a contemporary adaptation of richness once experienced by the ancient predecessors from the time when they inhabited trees,” says Sou Fujimoto.
2. Skateboard House, USA
If you love to play skateboard, then maybe you should take a look at this skateboard house in Malibu, California! In this house you will be able to skate in any surfaces available inside the house, as the floor becomes the wall in the ceiling in a continuous surface. The furniture are also skateable, whether it’s integrated with the wall such as the chairs, or other standing object like the dining table, kitchen island, or the bed.
3. Slimmest House in the World - The Keret House, Poland
Have you ever thought of living inside a house that is only 122 centimeters wide? Well, what we’ve just described is The Keret House in Poland! This house is certainly not for claustrophobic people – but it’s worth visiting for!
This building is built between the narrow existing structures from two historical epochs, and has been drawing a significant amount of international attention to the city of Warsaw. Built based on the idea of Polish Architect Jakub Szczesny of Centrala, this house is fully functional with resting space, working space, as well as kitchenette.
4. Old Water Tower House, Belgium
Turning an old building into a modern house? Well, architect Mauro Brigham has successfully turned an old water tower into a modern, liveable house. The tower is 30 meter-high, and it was first created sometime between 1938 and 1941. All amenities are available, from a bedroom to bathroom, storage space and a panoramic terrace.
The house is also equipped with modern technology such as control over room lighting, temperature, even the volume level of music playing in the house, all sourced into one advanced domotics system.
5. Flintstones Inspired House, USA
Our fifth pick goes to Flintstones Inspired House in Malibu, the United States. If you have watched Flintstones in your television in your childhood, you will know how it looked like – and this house is the real version of it. Though it looked primitive in the cartoon, the real version is a lot more modern, with one bedroom, two bathrooms, a fireplace, and large windows offering a scenic view of Serrano Valley, the Boney Mountains, the Channel Islands, and the Pacific Ocean.
6. The Hobbit House, Wales
Located in a hillside in Wales, the Dale family has built a Hobbit-sized house in wales. It was designed as eco-friendly as possible by Simon Dale, the head of the family. This house is also very connected to the nature, as it is constructed with oak thinnings that were gathered by the family, while the walls and other foundations were constructed from stone and mud.
This house is the epitome of sustainable living, with natural light from the roof and electricity from solar panel. Water is also obtained from nearby spring.
7. Star Trek Voyage House, Leicestershire
If you’re a huge pan of Star Trek, you wouldn’t want to miss seeing this house in your life. This house is a replica of the Star Trek spaceship, made by Star Trek superfan Tony Alleyne. Featuring a vast array of LED lighting and plenty of video and audio effects, Star Trek Voyage house will certainly give you the full experience of being inside the spaceship.