Upside Down & Other Weird Houses
"- And He Built a Crooked House -"
Emily Dickinson said it perfectly: "Where thou art, that is home."
But some very creative people, have taken that idea to wonderful extremes by
building homes that aren't just places to hang their hats but instead are wildly whimsical,
fantastically fanciful, amazingly awesome, and occasional ly brilliantly bizarre.
Tilted & Flipped!
As any artist knows, inspiration can come from any where and a few these
unique builders and architects have been inspired by some very... tilted ideas.
Take, for example, Daniel Cza piews ki's home in the Polish town of Szym bark
No, you don’t need to turn your monitor upside down: Daniel's home is, indeed, topsy-turvy:
But Daniel is not the only builder with a unique per spective.
In the German town of Trassen heide there's another home with a stand-on-your-head view:
This furniture does not seem to be very functional -
Are we detecting a theme here?
Billed as an "Amusement Park For The Mind," Wonder Works have flipped models of
the White House, adding a new dimension to the currently weird political land scape,
at various locations around the country:
Similarly spectacular is the "House of Katmandu" in Spain:
In Japan, the flip side of inverted architecture is not a house but a
restaurant. Just don't order the soup:
Here is an upside down house in Luna Park in Kou vola, Finland:
In Sabah, Borneo, even the car is hanging upside down:
... Another one is in Repino, Russia (but it does not seem to be finished),
shown on the left, and another one also in Russia, close to St. Peters burg (right):
A "crazy House" in Getorff, Germany:
On the left is the upside down house in Polyanitsa, Ukraine -
and on the right is the one in Paju, South Korea:
In Gangh wa Island, South Korea (right image), and a cafe in Ukraine (left image):
In Tertens, Austria, this upside down house looks like it was dropped by a tornado:
"Head first House" in Put bus, Germany (left image) and another one in Alanya, Turkey (right):
Flowing & Psychedelic
Other archi tects have rejected the harsh lines of standard geometry for
a more organic, fluid, floating design. These homes were built to look like they'd been
poured rather than framed and hammered -- and a few even appear to have been taken out of the oven
a tad too early.
Again in Poland, this liquid building looks like it might begin to flow down the street any second.
On a side note, when you talk about weird houses you have to tip the derby to
Robert A. Hein lein's classic story, "- And He Built a Crooked House -", where a particularly-shaped
residence in Los Angeles gets shaken up in an earth quake – and
twists itself into a whole new dimension.
Much more down to earth, if you travel to Darm stadt, German you'll see a
marvellous structure called Wald spi rale (Forest Spiral): a sinuous
apart ment complex full of biologically-inspired details:
In Viet nam, the aptly named Crazy House (or, to be more polite, the Hang Nga guest house)
is a wild vine cre ation full of nat ur al curves and forms (com plete with a giraffe):
If you real ly like flow ing shapes and melted-look archi tec ture, then check out high
ly psy che del ic cre ations of Antoni Gaudi - see our pop u lar arti cle for exam ples.
Then you have the cre ators who have fol lowed the maxim of "waste-not, want-not"
to rather unique ways: tak ing an aban doned build ing that was orig i nal ly one
thing and mak ing it into their very own:
Got an aban doned grain silo? Then do what this inven tive per son did in
Argenti na, and sim ply move in:
Or you can do take this approach to lost and found, this time in Utah ("Monte-Silo House",
designed by Gigaplex Archi tects):
But if you real ly want to stretch your wings, and hap pen to get hold of a ground ed jet, try
your hand at cre at ing a high-flying struc ture like this hotel in Costa Rica:
See a lot more of "Air plane Hous es" in our pop u lar arti cle Jet-Obsessed.
Then you have the peo ple who live in a shoe, or a bas ket, or all kinds of other odd i ties.
Take, for exam ple, these delight ful footwear homes... This one is in South Africa (left),
and this shoe home is in Penn syl va nia (right):
But if shoes aren't your thing, try liv ing in this Scot tish pineap ple --
a folly built in the 1700s:
Or, if fruit isn't your thing, just try work ing in this 'basket-case' of a structure in
Newark, Ohio: the Longaberg er Build ing -
"Each basket handle weighs 75 tons and contains heat sensors to prevent ice formations":
But if you really want fantastic, whim si cal, or wild, look no further than these
Fairy Tale inspired architects (the left one could be dis covered at Disney land Paris, and
the right one is located in Tinjunga, California):
This fantasy structure looks like it was more grown than built: part of the
"Enchanted Forest" amusement park in British Columbia, Canada -
"Where Thou Art, That Is Home" indeed, Emily. But then there are those truly
special people out there who not only have created art but live in it as well.
M. Christian is also the author of "Welcome to Weirdsville": a wonderful
compendium of interesting subjects and fascinating topics. This is a highly recommend ed
book for all lovers of weird & wonderful this side of the Universe; order the Kindle edition here.