6 Weird & Wonderful Houses (Slideshow)
For these homeowners, a house isn’t just a place to rest your head — it’s also a piece of art itself. Check out some amazing and unusual homes from across the globe. Would you live in an unusual home? Let us know in the comments section below!
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1. Dar Al Hajar
Perched atop a rock, Dar Al Hajar was built in the 1930s as a summer residence for Iman Yahya, the then-leader of Yemen. The mansion is a particularly exquisite of example of Yemeni architecture. Today the house, which can be seen from all over Sana’a, is a tourist destination.
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2. Upside Down House
This is just one example of a new trend in unconventional architecture: the upside down house! This home is located in Rügen, Germany, and is likely the largest upside down house around.
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3. Toilet House
Yep, you read that right — this Suwon, South Korea home is shaped like a toilet. But there’s a story behind it: the home was built by Sim Jae-duck, the chairman of the organizing committee of the World Toilet Association General Assembly. He built the house to highlight the need for better sanitation around the world and the diseases that arrive out of poor sanitation.
4. Gold Pyramid House
At 17,000 square feet and six stories, this Northeastern Illinois wonder was built in 1977 as a private residence. And, yep, that’s real gold you see, likely the largest 24-karat gold object on the continent.
5. Nautilus House
Located in Mexico City, this home was built for a young family keen on getting back to nature. The outside resembles a snail shell, and the inside emphasizes organic lines and organic forms. Check out more photos of this amazing home and others like it on the builder’s website.
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6. RichArt’s Art Yard
Outsider artist Richard Tracy’s amazing Centralia, Washington home is truly a site to be seen. And you’re in luck, you can do just that if you give him $5 dollars. Tracy will give you a 55 minute tour of his amazing and ever-changing artistic creation.
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