Little boxes on the hillside aren't’ for everyone. While some people might be content with a cookie-cutter home in a bland suburban neighbor hood, others create truly one-of-a-kind homes with incredible imaginative shapes and materials. Here are a few extraordinary examples:
The Upside Down House—Szymbark, Poland
Polish businessman and philanthropist Daniel Czapiewski built The Upside Down House as a statement about the communist era and the end of the world. It took 114 days to build because the workers were so disoriented by the angles of the walls. It certainly attracts its fair share of tourists to the tiny village of Szymbar, who often become dizzy and ‘seasick’ after just a few moments inside.
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The Toilet –Shaped House—Suweon, South Korea
The world’s one and only toilet-shaped house was built to mark the launch of the World Toilet Association, a campaign for more sanitary restrooms worldwide. Sim Jae-Duck, nicknamed “Mayor Toilet”, had the 4,508 square foot concrete and glass structure built in his native city of Suweon, South Korea. At the center of the home is a glass-walled “showcase-loo” that produces mist to make users feel more secure. Sim, who was born into a toilet and has made clean restrooms his life work, now lives in the home.
(Image via: Reuters)
The Pod House in New York State
Also known as the Mushroom House, architect James H. Johnson was inspired by the shape of the local wildflower Queen Anne’s Lace, when he designed this unusual home in Powder Mills Park, near Rochester, NY. The home is actually a complex of several pods with connecting walkways. Perched atop thin stems, the pods are amusing yet eerie examples of organic architecture.
(Image via: pointclickhome.com)
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