Where some people see a lack of space others see opportunity, and where some value privacy others want to…live in transparent houses? Whatever your living preferences are, chances are you haven’t considered residing in one of these bizarre homes. Here are some of the weirdest houses around – but be warned, they’re going to make your house seem super boring.
1. The Keret House, Poland
Located in Warsaw and designed by architect Jakub Szczesny, the Keret House is the narrowest house in the world. Wedged unceremoniously between two tall buildings, it measures a measly 5 feet at its widest point and 3 feet at its thinnest. Although a fully functional home with two floors, a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom and living area, the Keret House doesn’t meet Polish requirements to be considered a real house so it’s actually considered an art installment. That most likely suits Szczesny, who intended the home to be an interesting attraction for the neighbourhood.
2. The Transparent House, Japan
One might not expect a completely transparent house to be a comfortable place to hang out, but that didn’t stop Sou Fujimoto Architects from building one in Tokyo. Supposedly inspired by ancestors living in trees, the spacious airy house has no resemblance to an actual treehouse. Instead the 914 square foot space was constructed with the essence of the “branches” throughout the various levels interspersed throughout the home (yes, climbing is required). Fujimoto wanted the acoustics and the day to day activities of the home’s inhabitants to resemble what it might be like to communicate through the treetops – it just might get a little awkward when it’s time to take a shower.
3. The Hobbit House, Wales
Often touted as the “most eco-friendly house in the world”, this awesome house looks exactly like where you would find a hobbit if they were real. Simon Dale got the urge to live a more sustainable life one day and set his sights on building this hillside gem with the help of his friends and father-in law. Dale wanted everything in the house’s design to be allied with nature and in addition to using all-natural building materials, the house includes a skylight for natural light, solar panels for electricity, a fridge cooled with underground air, and a compostable toilet. It’s safe to say the Dale family now lives in the funkiest house in Wales.
4. The Flintstones House, California
Another house resembling a pop-culture favorite, but with a much higher price tag, the late Dick Clark’s Flintstones house in Malibu looks like its straight out of the famous 60’s cartoon. A large cave-like house sitting on 23 acres, this not-so-humble abode (unlike the actual cave-dwelling Fred and Wilma) features an open patio, amazing views of the ocean and Serrano Valley, two bathrooms, and a spacious master suite. As of 2014 when the house was sold by Clark’s widow, there are new residents enjoying the novelty of living in a pre-historic atmosphere. Well, as prehistoric as you can get with vaulted ceilings and a soaker tub.
5. Mr. Toilet House, South Korea
Believe it or not, Mr. Toilet House is the commonly used name to reference the Toilet Culture Museum in Suwon, South Korea. And get this – it’s built in the shape of a toilet. That might not be as awe-inducing if it were initially purposed to be a museum, but Mr. Sim Jae-duck (AKA Mr. Toilet) actually built it to house his family. Completely obsessed with toilets, Sim Jae-duck founded the World Toilet Association in 2007, outlining the unparalleled right for every person to have safe and clean access to toilets. After he passed in 2009, his family converted the home into a museum complete with a gold statue of a turd, and a balcony on the “toilet-seat” portion. To be fair, it was nice of Mr. Toilet’s wife to put up with living in a toilet house for as long as she did.
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