Since last week’s article about unusual homes around the globe got such a positive response, we decided to put together a follow-up piece. After all, when it comes to weird houses, we just can’t get enough!
By boasting a strange shape, combining nature with man-made structures or simply having a different design altogether, these dwellings are not only entertaining to look at – they also offer a different perspective on what a home could be like.
Enjoy some more interesting houses around the world that often attract visitors from far and wide with their uniqueness:
1. Upside Down House in Belarus
If you want to have your senses baffled, look no further than the Upside Down House in Dukora, Belarus, just a short drive away from the capital city of Minsk. This unusual home was built inverted, with the roof and chimney touching the ground and the bottom of the house pointing towards the sky. While it looks quite strange from the outside, it’s even weirder once you step inside.
The interior has flooring on the ceiling and ceiling on the floor, so prepare to experience balance issues when walking around. Furniture and appliances have been mounted to the ceiling, while doors, windows and decor items have also been flipped. The curious house is open for tours and definitely makes for some wacky photos!
2. Fallingwater House in the U.S.
Designed by the world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935, Fallingwater is an impressive house that was partially built over a waterfall on the Bear Run tributary in Pennsylvania. Although it has a modern look inspired by Japanese design, the unusual home blends nicely with the beautiful natural surroundings.
Originally used as a private residence for Edgar J. Kaufmann (owner of Kaufmann’s Department Store) and his family, this interesting house is now a National Historic Landmark, owned by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Visitors can tour the unique home and take in the impressive views through the many windows and from the multiple balconies, as well as marvel at its striking design, showcasing a cantilevered living room and an indoor spring.
3. Dome Houses in Japan
Japanese companies like Japan Dome House Co., Ltd. have designed sturdy and unique-looking dome houses to combat the potential damage that earthquakes can have on properties. These interesting homes are made of expanded polystyrene, which is lightweight, strong and also provides excellent insulation. What’s more, the hemispheric shape holds up during strong winds or powerful seismic activity.
Typically, the exterior of a dome home is coated in cement or a stainless steel and aluminum alloy that is rust-free. The overall shape of these futuristic houses can vary from round to elongated, as they are assembled from parts and not built as entire units.
4. Da Lat Crazy House in Vietnam
Hang Nga guesthouse, also known as the “Crazy House,” boasts a strange, fairy-tale inspired design. Located in Da Lat, Vietnam, the unusual house was created by Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga and was originally a personal project. Since it opened to the public in 1990, guests have enjoyed staying in the ten themed rooms, walking through the quirky tunnel-like hallways and taking in the intriguing decor.
The home’s exterior looks much like a giant tree. Additionally, the natural world is well represented throughout the guesthouse, with design elements such as stone decorations and depictions of animals and insects.
5. Hobbit Houses in New Zealand
Whether you’re a Lord of the Rings fan or not, the hobbit houses on the Hobbiton Movie Set in New Zealand are definitely something worth seeing. Located on a family-run farm and built for the filming of both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, these charming homes (also known as hobbit holes) are unusual dwellings built into the hilly landscape and feature quirky designs and quaint gardens.
Each hobbit house has its own unique look, including circular doors and windows, grassy roofs, low profiles and cute fences and garden paths. These funny homes were made to look cozy and lived in, as though they’d been there for years. Visitors can now tour the hobbit houses, as well as the rest of the movie set, which has several other hobbit-style buildings.
6. Glass Igloo Homes in Finland
There is something truly magical about these glass igloo homes, especially at night, when their transparent design allows you to experience the wonder of the northern lights. Located at the Kakslauttanen Resort in the Finnish Lapland, the cozy and unusual structures are the perfect setting for a romantic getaway for two, while larger options include additional space suitable for four people.
The dome-shaped design of the glass igloos offers a panoramic view of the sky, and the glowing lights from the homes look especially breathtaking when the surrounding forest is covered in freshly fallen snow.