Unique architecture is found on the pages of the portal Beautiful country house very often, but in these cases we are talking, as a rule, about the masterpieces of the past or high-tech projects of the present. But today we're going to talk about some truly incredible residential buildings.
Palaces and caves, tree houses and snow huts… All over the world people live in strange dwellings. Here are just a few of the strangest projects from around the world.
And here is the Heliodome, a bioclimatic solar home not far from Strasbourg in eastern France. It's built to look like a giant three-meter sundial, set at a specific angle to the sun. In the summer there is always a pleasant coolness, and in the fall, winter and spring the sunlight penetrates through the large windows, thus heating up the rooms of the house.
This interesting house is built on a rock in the middle of the Drina river, near the Serbian town of Bajina Basta. Construction began in 1968 when the project – a group of young and brave architects – decided that a rock on the river would be the perfect place for a small house.
These homes in Socuéllamos, central Spain, are made from old wine barrels. About 40 people, mostly ethnic Turks from Bulgaria, live in this temporary camp for six weeks during the grape harvest. At night they sleep in car-sized vats that were once discarded but found a second life as worker housing.
Not wanting to keep up with China's skyscrapers, these two seemingly unstable houses were built on the roof of a factory building in Dongguan (Dōngguǎn). Construction completed two years ago. However, according to Chinese media, city officials announced that the size of the house does not match the size declared in the documents. Thus, the buildings are considered illegal.
Thierry Atta sweeps the yard of his crocodile-shaped house in the capital of Côte d’Ivoire. He was a student of the artist Moussa Kalo, who designed the project and started construction. Two months before construction was finished, the architect died. The project was completed by Atta himself.
Hong Kong architect Gary Chang relaxes in a hammock in his 100 square meter apartment2. He spent his entire childhood in a square house just like this one. And here he has created an eco-friendly, high-performance dwelling with moving walls that allow the apartment to be reconfigured to meet different needs.
"The Rock" – that's what the 15 Mormon families who live there call this house. Home near Canyonlands National Park, Utah. This apartment complex was created about 35 years ago in a layer of sandstone, the cavities in which were blown up specifically for this construction.
These 70 domed homes were built by American company Domes for the World for villagers who lost their homes after the 2012 earthquake in Jakarta, Indonesia.