Unusual Homes

October 5, 2017

The Most Unusual Homes in the World

We live in an age where individuality and self-expression are increasingly celebrated and standing out is sought after! Whether it is due to spatial constraints or just a desire to stray away from the norm, when people get creative with their living spaces incredible things can happen.  We’ve rounded up some of the most extraordinary and bizarre structures from around the world that people like to call “home.”

Would you live in an almost completely transparent house? For one young couple with limited space but a love of light and open living, the answer was “yes!”  Built by Sou Fujimoto architects in Tokyo, this 914-sq. ft. home stands out amongst the typical concrete walls that is typical in one of Japan’s most densely populated residential areas.  Inspiration was taken from the concept of living in a tree, the spacious interior is comprised of 21 individual floor plates, all situated at various heights, that satisfy the clients desire to live as nomads within their own home.

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Our next unusual property takes us to the cliffs of Cannes, France.  The 12,916-sq. ft. Bubble House was built between 1975 and 1989 by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag for a French industrialist.  Lovag wanted to design a home that was inspired by prehistoric human dwellings in caves; he considered straight lines to be “an aggression against nature.”  There is plenty of room for guests and family with 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.  There is even a 500-person amphitheater overlooking the Mediterranean Sea! It is currently owned by designer Pierre Cardin and is currently for sale for a whopping $411,015,500 dollars; set to be one of the priciest home sales in European history!

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In a world where space is becoming harder and harder to find, some people are looking for creative ways to live in small spaces; the Keret House in Warsaw, Poland exemplifies this.  At just 4 feet wide, crammed between two existing buildings, architect Jakub Szczesny claims to have built the narrowest house in existence. The structure is in a triangular form and is enough space for just one person to live.  The body of the house is raised up on stilts and a staircase leads inside from underneath.  Currently it provides temporary housing for traveling writers looking for seclusion and a little comedic inspiration.

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Another innovative way people are creating homes is by repurposing existing structures.  Spanish architect Ricardo Bofill did just that when he purchased a WWI-era cement factory near Barcelona and turned it into his dream home. The exterior was laced with vegetation, and now overflows with lush greenery.  The structure has been completely transformed into a spectacular and unique home, each room is designed with its own special purpose, and no two looks alike.

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