Take a peek at some of the places we humans call home. We’ve got the quirky, the impressive, and a sampling of the vast cultural variety of abodes. And of course there are the houses where the attraction is location, location, location. Unusual and enticing dwellings for everyone’s taste. Don’t miss the house that twirls around.
Flat in London.
Fire lookout in the Cascade Mountains of Washington state, USA
Home of Ruth Handler, creator of the Barbie Doll.
‘The Canopy’ Tower, Hong Kong. Note the floors are a spiral.
This three bedroom home seems pretty standard (for an octagonal-shaped house.) BUT it is built on a rotating platform that is powered by two motors about the same size as those found in a washing machine. One revolution can be completed in as little as thirty minutes or as long as two hours, depending on the set speed and this unique feature ensures the homeowners a sensational view no matter what room they are in.
Hobbit House, Wales
Park Güell designed by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain. Image by Ken Kaminesky.
Port Washington, Oregon, USA
Krzywy Domek (Crooked House) in Sopot, Poland
Rock Village Monsanto in Portugal
The Drina River near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia
Barn in Lexington, Kentucky, USA by yiminghu.
Russian countryside dwelling
Seashell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico
A rubble stone lime mortar thatched cottage in Blaise Hamlet near Bristol, England
House of recycled windows made for $500, West Virginia, USA
House in Denmark made with old construction techniques, including seaweed cladding. Image, Helene Hoyer Mikkelsen and Realdania BYG
Seaweed bungalows are indigenous architecture in Rongcheng, China
More seaweed houses, Shandong province, China
Mud House Design in Cameroon
An earthen building in Burkina Faso
Earthern mud mosque in Northern Ghana
Dogon cliff village, Bandiagara Escarpment, Mali. Photo credit Victor Engelbert.
Meeting house and resting place for Dogon men, Mali
A Turkana home in the Northwestern part of Kenya
Toraja, South Sulawesi, Jakarta, Indonesia
Traditional house in Fugnido, Ethiopia
Tribes in Bolivia use sticks and plants filled in with mud, but unlike the Bolivian houses in the valleys and highlands, roofs are made of interwoven and layered dried palm fronds
Taberma Tata, Togo; photo by Deidi van Schaewe
Village houses and compound Mognori Village Community, Northern Ghana showing vernacular architecture with patterned mud walls
Typical houses on stilts lining the main street of Lilisiana, Solomon Islands
Leaf house in Solomon Islands
Uru homes are made using “totora” reeds that grow along the shores of Lake Titicaca, Bolivia
Maori meeting house, New Zealand
Ndebele House, South Africa
Dome Rondavels ~ Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, Africa.
Underground home in Switzerland constructed of concrete, oak doors and features an outdoor terrace complete with a spa, barbecue, dining area and a stunning view of the Alps. The front entrance is used when receiving company, while an underground tunnel provides family members access to the barn from the rear.
by Camille Lacheré
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Thanks to: From Moon to Moon. And to Melanie.