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 Welcome to my collection of the world’s weirdest houses!

If you’ve ever had the urge to generate your own hobbit hole or build a life-sized lego house, you’ll find inspiration in these unusual homes. In this collection, I have included only actual-built homes, not Photoshop creations, of which there's lots of fine examples (such as the tilted, gravity-defying houses of San Francisco) sprinkled around on the net.

  • Nature Inspired Homes
  • Modern Architecture
  • Upcycled Houses
  • Bizarrchitecture (what were they thinking?)
I have divided the collection up in to categories:The architects of these houses are amazingly creative and smart with their ideas – I hope you’ll enjoy taking a look at them as much as I did.

Nature Inspired Homes
Homes based on nature and natural surroundings. Often these designs awaken our caveman instincts, where protection from the elements, security from predators and the necessity to make do with whatever materials were to hand meant comfort and convenience was sometimes sacrificed for security.The architects of these homes are inspired by nature to generate stunning, breathtaking masterpieces that blend in to the local landscape.

1. Hằng Nga Guesthouse, Dalat, Vietnam

 Originally designed by Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga, the Hang Nga Guesthouse is also called the “Dalat Crazy House” by the locals & vaguely resembles a giant tree. With ten themed visitor rooms, the house is open to tourists. It boasts lots of nooks, crannies, twists, turns, bridges, hallways & staircases & is promoted as a fairy story themed house surrounded by sculptures & gardens. All of the furniture inside the house needed to be handcrafted to slot in with the organic shape of the inside.

2. Monsanto Houses, Monsanto, Portugal

There are plenty of heavy & giant granite boulders in the village of Monsanto, which is why the residents chosen to build houses around, between & under them long ago. The boulders form the walls, floors & rooves of the stone cottages. In some instances, there's doors fitted in to the boulders.Monsanto has not changed in hundreds of years & was given a heritage status by the Portugese government, preserving a village-sized living museum of these prehistoric style houses which are still in use today.

3. Dar al Hajar, Wadi Dhahr Valley, Yemen

 This rock house was built by Imam Yahya (an Islamic spiritual leader) in the 1930s as a summer home and offers brilliant views from the top for tourists. A lovely example of Yemeni architecture, “Iman’s Rock Palace” is storeys high and has a system to cold water in earthware jars. Originally Dar al Hajar was built on the remains of another building on top of a rock and has since become a famous icon in Yemen.

4. Eliphante Art House, Cornville, Arizona USA

Artist Michael Kahn & his spouse Leda Livant started building this house in 1979 & done it 28 years later, using found materials such as driftwood, rocks & waste building materials. Described as a handmade & sculptural home, the Eliphante was named for its unusual formed entrance.
Inside is an underground artists abode with intricate wood, tile & stone mosaics & plenty of curves & organic forms. Light comes in from light holes or beautifully made windows. Tourists can visit the house by appointment.

5. Cappadocia Rock Houses, Central Anatolia, Turkey

 Cavelike rock houses, mansions & monasteries are a popular tourist attraction in Cappadocia, where the people have carved out houses & tunnels in the soft rock. Millions of years ago, volcanic eruptions covered the region with an ash which solidified in to a soft rock, then the erosion of wind & rain created unusual formations in cones, mushrooms, pillars, pinnacles & chimneys that rise as high as 40m.
Due to being able to tunnel in the soft rock, the residents created an underground network of catacombs leading to towns with buildings up to 8 storeys high beneath the ground. Today, some people still live in the rock homes & tourists are welcome to stay in rock hotels & take a hot air balloon trip across the Göreme Valley.

6. Flintstones Inspired Home, Malibu, USA

 TV legend Dick Clark of “Bandstand” fame built this single storey house in Malibu while inspired by the classic 1960’s Flintstones cartoon. Listed on the market at $3.5 million, the home’s carved and cavelike interior is reminiscent of Fred and Wilma’s rocky home. Situated on 23 acres, with views of the Serrano Valley, the Boney Mountains, the Channel Islands and the Pacific Ocean, it is still seeking a buyer.

7. Icelandic Turf Houses, Iceland

Known as the traditional houses of Iceland (as they date back to Viking times) these turf houses were the result of a difficult climate combined with a lack of other materials available. The foundation was made of flat stones, on which was built a wooden frame which would hold a few layers of turf.
Often, the houses would be interconnected & the turf would give the buildings additional insulation against the icy.
Before the Vikings, communal toilets were built away from the house & gigantic groups often attended the toilets together against the icy. When the people started being attacked in the coursework of toilet journeys, the indoor toilet was invented.

8. The Ancient Cliff House, Guyaju, China

 Over 110 rooms were carved in to the side of a cliff about 92km northwest of Beijing in the Tang Dynasty. The Xiyi people lived in them & built the communal caves near a natural spring.
The Guyaju Caves are known as the largest cliff residence ever discovered in China & are often known as “the largest maze of China”. Stone steps & ladders were used to connect the different levels, & inside were found stone hearths, wardrobes, beds & mangers. At the highest level of the communal cave was found a storey stone house, featuring furniture which may have belonged to the leader of the tribe.

9. Jayson Fann Spirit Nest Homes, California USA


These nest homes are used as forest getaways or beach homes in California. Invented by artist Jayson Fann, they involve twining eucalyptus branches together to generate a sturdy, tiny house for sleeping or relaxing.
They are strong to accommodate up to 8 people and usually need a ladder to enter.
The floor of the nest has a powerful woven mat on which furnishings can be placed to make it more comfortable.

10. Beehive Houses, Syria, Iran

Made from mud, dirt, straw & stones, these beehive houses originated around 3700 BC & can be present in rural farming communities, deserts & cities. Each beehive has an oculus hole at the top, which lets in light & sucks out hot air. When there is rain, the conical shape of the beehive keeps the inside dry. They are cold inside, due to the insulation of the thick walls & are still in use today as residences & storage barns.

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