Houses can be a great expression of creativity and can sometimes even be called art. Although most architects design homes that fit aptly into urban centres all around the world, there are a few which like to stand out. While we work from our couches and dream of distant travels in the future, let’s take a look at some of the most bizarre yet wonderful homes built around the world — and the lucky few who get to live in them!
The Foating Sea Horse in Dubai, UAE
The USD 2.8 million Floating Seahorse is the product of more than 5,000 hours of research and 13,000 hours of design and engineering, according to design ﬁrm Kleindienst Group that is responsible for this marvel in the sea.
Reversible Destiny Lofts in Tokyo, Japan
Found sprouting like a colorful mushroom in Tokyo’s Mitaka suburb, these nine apartment units by Joanna Kawecki are in fact 16 different colors painted inside. The uneven flooring and surfaces are created to “challenge our pre-existing conceptions of space, in turn reversing our destiny, according to design and art enthusiast Kawecki who adds: “There’s so much more than meets the eye.”
Simple House in Jeju, South Korea
This suburban house in Jeju, South Korea, was designed by South Korean architect Moon Hoon in 2017. Known for his innovative and unique approach to architecture, this particular house is built keeping in mind the both the privacy of the client and to remain true to the traditional low-lying architecture of Jeju homes.
BB House in Tokyo, Japan
Designed by renowned Japanese architects Yo Yamagata, the house defies all rules of geometry and traditional architecture but focuses entirely on bringing more privacy to a house surrounded entirely by buildings. Quite the rebel home.
Cleft House in New Delhi, India
Named Cleft House, the four-story building is designed by Anagram Architects for three generations of a family that wanted a spacious, brightly-lit home on a busy street in New Delhi. To achieve this while maintaining the owners’ privacy, the designers built a windowless facade that shields the central atrium from the direct sun but helps create space for light to bounce off the walls of the rooms that are positioned around the atrium.
Exbury Egg by the Beaulieu River, UK
Designed as a personal experiment by Stephen Turner, the “Exbury Egg” was initially meant to be an art installation but was turned into Turner’s home on the water. Described as a minimal living solution, the egg is towed by a boat to its residence and the wooden exterior is meant to weather over time to blend in with the marshes in which it resides.
North Melbourne Terrace in Australia
North Melbourne Terrace is the story of an adaptation to a signiﬁcant A1-listed Victorian Terrace house for a family of five. Built in 1872, the house is one of a heritage-listed pair that contains state-wide architectural signiﬁcance.