We all aspire to a home that is uniquely ours – both in regard to design and decor. Somewhere that isn’t simply a carbon copy of the house next door, but rather reflects something of our personality. Well, if you’re after something really different, you might want to take a look at these quirky homes.
1. Nautilus House – Mexico City, Mexico
Shaped like a seashell, the Nautilus House is otherworldly in its design. It has all mod-cons, boasts an indoor garden, and has foundations strong enough to withstand even the most powerful earthquakes. This colourful house marries art and architecture sublimely – a beautiful and practical place to live.
2. Dunmore Pineapple – Dunmore, Scotland
The Dunmore Pineapple is a marvel of design, perhaps for the sole reason that it has a contemporary feel despite being made in the 1700s. The estate has now been separated into quarters and is used as holiday accommodation (so you can live there, if only for a little while).
3. Shepherd’s Bush’s Ultra-Thin House – London, England
At only six feet wide, you’ll need to cut back on the donuts if you’re to live comfortably in this skinny house. With five floors to inhabit though, it makes up in height what it lacks in width, and the interior design has really made the most of the available space.
4. The Hobbit House – Frani, Wales
In just four months and £3,000, Simon Dale designed and built this eco-friendly home. Quirky perhaps; stunning definitely.
5. Spherical Tree House – British Columbia, Canada
There are almost too many beautiful tree houses in British Columbia. If that’s possible. This is just one of them, and is a favourite amongst many from a purely functional and aesthetic point of view.
6. Broken Angel House – Brooklyn, New York (US)
The Broken Angel no longer exists due to a fire and subsequent closure by the city, but the house was immortalised by Michel Gondry and Dave Chappelle in Dave Chappelle’s Block Party (2005), where it featured prominently as a backdrop. It appears to be rather precariously constructed and at times looks like it’s actually defying gravity. Maybe a little unsafe and hard to live in, but a great work of art nontheless.
7. Icelandic Turf Houses – Countrywide, Iceland
Though common throughout Iceland, the charm of the turf house is not diminished. Comfortable, cosy and made to last – a true classic in design.
8. Sliding House – Suffolk, England
Ever wanted a partly see-through house that you could open and cover up as-and-when desired? Well, here’s one such place…
9. Klein Bottle House – Mornington Peninsula, Australia
Winner at the 2009 World Architecture Festival, this complex-shaped home is pleasing to architects and mathematicians alike, giving the appearance of different shapes depending upon the angle from which you look at it…
10. Lake Palace – Udaipur, India
A list like this one wouldn’t be complete without a palace. Located on Lake Pichola, India and needing a boat to get to, this is one palace that does not need a moat for defence purposes! Of course, as Lake Palace is now a hotel, you can actually live in it for a little while.
11. Chameleon House – Northport, Michigan (US)
Named the ‘Chameleon’ because the house’s acrylic-covered metal framing captures the surrounding light and reflects the environment’s colour, similar to a chameleon. Being situated on top of a hill, the entrance takes you through to the third floor, from where the bedrooms are downstairs and the living room upstairs.
12. Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, California (US)
The Winchester Mystery House once sprawled over 160 acres, but earthquakes have knocked down several of the floors and buildings to a more manageable 4.5 acres. The house was owned by millionairess Sarah Winchester and designed by her with the intention of trapping or confusing the ghosts she believed resided there. It has doors and stairs that lead nowhere and windows that look back into other parts of the house.
13. Maison de Sorciére Avec Ciel d’orage – Clichy-sous-bois, France
A house that literally looks like it belongs to a witch or a sorcerer. A home like this ought to make any budding fantasy novelist or potion brewer proud.
14. Bubble Castle – Theoule, France
Palm trees, waterfalls, a complete absence of any sharp edges… This is one castle that was made for relaxation (and partying, too, according to legend).