Casa Invisible

Austria – Delugan Meissl Associated Architects Built Area:     50.0 m2 Year Built:     2013 Photographs:    Christian Brandstaetter Casa Invisible is a residential building with a completely reflective façade. This allows the structure to blend seamlessly with its surroundings. It’s a prefabricated and transportable unit that can be assembled and placed almost anywhere. Because of […]

Mirror House

Almere, The Netherlands – Johan Selbing, Anouk Vogel Built Area:     120.0 m2 Year Built:     2013 Photographs:    Jeroen Musch Amsterdam’s Mirror House effortlessly blends with its surrounding landscape. It’s a private residence, the façade of which is fully made out of reflective glass. This makes the small home almost invisible as it projects its […]

Le Haut Perché

33185 Le Haillan, France – Studio Weave Year Built:     2017 Photographs:     Yvan Detraz Le Haut Perché is a unique shelter meant for hikers exploring the French countryside. It sits in the heart of Le Parc des Jalles and is surrounded by watermills. The elevated structure provides free accommodations for up to nine people. […]

House in Kodaira

Tokyo, Japan – Suppose Design Office Project Year:  2010 Area:  50.8 m2 Photographs:  Toshiyuki Yano The owners of the House in Kodaira wanted a garden in front of their house. They wanted something that will separate the private living areas from the public outside space. The garden will also serve to connect the indoors and […]

Lollipop House

Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea – Moon Hoon Project Year :     2012 Developed Area :     102.9 m2 It’s very hard to ignore this peculiar house that closely resembles an over-sized peppermint. It sticks out in the middle of a suburban neighborhood with neutral-toned houses. To say that the design of the Lollipop House is unique […]

Paarman Tree House

Cape Town, South Africa – Malan Vorster Architecture and Design Project Year:  2016 Area:  117.0 m2 Photographers:  Adam Letch, Mickey Hoyle Tree houses are places associated with fun and adventure, and of times spent outdoors. It is the ultimate hideout spot. Wanting an “adult hideaway place”, the homeowner added the Paarman Tree House into his […]

Woonschip VC

Cas Oorthuyskade , Amsterdam, Netherland – Marcel van der Lubbe, Jannie Vinke Project Year :     2016 Developed Area :     150  m2 Photographer:     Luuk Kramer Woonschip VC is an actual cargo ship that was converted into a sailing houseboat. The brief was very specific:  the owners wanted space, sustainability, and high quality of […]

Casa Tierra: House Cave

Cordoba, Spain – UMMO Estudio Project Year :     2012 Developed Area :     104.0 m2 Photographs :     David Vico If you think humans gave up cave dwelling millennia ago, think again. There are a few wonderful example of cave homes around the world. This one offers all the amenities that make up a […]

Atrium House

Sweden – Tham & Videgård Arkitekter Project Year :     2010 Sitting in the midst of a seemingly barren and cold piece of land is this lone structure. At first glance, there’s nothing extraordinary about it. In fact, the Atrium House looks more like a fortress than a home. Imagine a box with a hollow center – […]

Flying House

Incheon, South Korea – IROJE KHM Architects Project Year :     2017 Developed Area :     195.0 m2 Photographs :     Sergio Pirrone This rather unusual house is aptly named The Flying House; it does look like it is about to take off at any given time. The owner is a young pilot and his […]

Villa Ypsilon

Foinikounta, Greece – LASSA architects Project Year :     2017 Developed Area :     150.0 m2 Photographs :     NAARO At the top of an olive tree-laden hill in Southern Peloponnese is a summer home that has captured the attention of the architectural world. Why not? After all, the Y-shaped Villa Ypsilon is not just […]

Mindalong House

Jane Brook, Western Australia, Australia – Paul Wakelam Architect Project Year :     2016 Developed Area :     363.9 m2 ( 3930.0 ft2 ) Photographs :     Luke Carter Wilton Set amidst a backdrop of rugged rural landscape, the Mindalong House is a mix of different “flavors” rolled into one – Australian […]

Pilar House

Buenos Aires, Argentina  –  FILM-OBRAS DE ARQUITECTURA Built area:     105.0 m2 Year built:     2009 Brick, brick and more brick! All internal and external walls as well as the ceiling of this home are exposed brickwork. At first glance, the structure looks more like a school building than a home. One half […]

Tilt Roof House

Jipyeong-myeon, Yangpyeong-gun, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea – BCHO Architects   Project Year :     2014 Developed Area :     161.78 m2 ( 1747.22 Sq ft2 ) Photographs :     Sergio Pirrone Sometimes, we see things in the most unexpected places. This home, for example, appears to be embedded in the ground when viewed from […]

Bamboo simplicity – Forest for a Moon Dazzler

Forest for a Moon Dazzler - winner “Best House in the World” Category at the World Architecture Festival 2010

Guanacaste, Costa Rica  –  Ben Gracia Saxe Built:    2010 Bamboo is an extraordinarily versatile material.  It’s strong, flexible, lightweight, totally renewable and, potentially very long lasting even when in ground.  The home shown here uses bamboo in both conventional and very unconventional ways.  It’s a home ideally suited to it’s hot, humid locale – open and […]

Locomotive 501 Ranch Trailer Home

South Texas  USA  –  Andrew Hinman Architecture Year built:     2012 Photography:    Paul Bardagjy Awards:     2013 AIA Austin Design Awards – Merit It’s always great to see innovation. Here’s a vintage Spartan trailer home converted to a cabin in a very relaxed and casual way. It would just as easily make a […]

Leaf House – Indigenous ingenuity

Leaf House - Rio de Janeiro by Mareines + Patalano

Angra dos Reis, Rio de Janeiro – Mareines + Patalano Bamboo, local timbers, copper, massive beams spanning 20 metres and one of the world’s greatest harbours, help to make this a truly unique home. The design drew inspiration from indigenous Brazilian architecture to use natural ventilation to manage the hot and humid climate. Notes from […]

10 old water towers converted into stunning homes!

Water Tower Homes

One thing all water towers have in common is that once they have outlived their purpose, they very quickly turn into eyesores. Yet cultural significance is an almost palpable presence. You simply cannot tear them down and not feel bad. A dilemma? Not for creative architects and home builders. The  examples below are clear demonstrations […]

30 Unconventional Homes Around the World

30 Unconventional Homes

People have been building shelters and homes ever since humankind existed in this planet. But unlike before, building houses is not simply about having a roof over our heads anymore. Homes have become, for some people, representative of their identity, advocacy, or the profession of their art. Some of them have become a fusion of art and solutions […]

From grain silo to a comfortable home…

Silo House - Phoenix Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona – Christoph Kaiser LLC Year Built:      2014 Total Livable Space:     340 sq. ft. Photography:     Mark Lipczynski While driving though Kansas, architect Christoph Kaiser , noticed a dismantled 1955 era grain silo. A short conversation with the farmer owner and the bits and pieces has a new owner, and soon, […]

Chongwe River House

Chongwe River House - Bedroom

 Chongwe River – Zambia This four bedroomed house is built around a frame of natural wood creating the organic shapes that were then plastered. Continuing the all natural theme, all furniture in the sitting are was carved from a single fallen winterthorn tree. Coloured pebbles taken from the river are used to decorate the ceilings. The home is totally […]

When silos meet containers!

Mill Junction by Citiq

Newtown, Johannesburg, South Africa – Citiq One doesn’t need to look hard to find unused, unloved buildings in the older parts of our cities.  Warehouses have become sought after properties with their thick walls and high ceilings while other, less desirable properties are often left to slowly decay. If you’ve ever been close up and […]

Cow eats house!

Trufa by Anton Garcia Abril

Costa da Morte, Spain – Antón García- Abril Date of Project: August 2006 End of Construction: February 2010 Built Area: 25 m² Photography: Roland Halbe This cabin must rank as one of the most innovative, yet easiest and cheapest to build, that we’ve ever seen. In fact, a cow named Paulina did most of the work! Named […]

Is that a missile, Silo Boy?

Why build a prop for a movie when you can use Alex's home?

Boquet 556-5   New York State  –  Alexander Michael AKA Silo Boy Originally built:     Early 1960 Renovations:     1998 – 2098 Land area:     5 acres Sydney based, Alexander Michael is one of the world’s great designers and, in his own words, “the proud owner of this extraordinary relic of Cold War […]