20 Of The Strangest Houses In The World That’ll Make You Go Crazy


Most architects design homes that fit properly into urban centers all around the world, there are a few who like to stand out. They use their homes to make a statement. Here’s a look at some of the strangest and bizarre houses from around the world.

  1. 1 Transparent House in Tokyo, Japan

    If you're a fan of having natural daylight in your house, this is the house for you. It's completely transparent, so lots of sunlight, but no privacy. Built by Sou Fujimoto Architects, this house is inspired by our ancestors who lived in trees. 

  2. 2 Skateboard House, Malibu, California

    This is for the skateboard fanatics. The entire house is designed like one big skateboarding rink. The house was designed by Pierre Andre Senizergues, a former pro-skating world champion. 

  3. 3 The Keret House, Poland

    This is the world's slimmest house. It is 152 centimeters wide at its widest point. Jakub Szczęsny, its only resident is also its designer, and he wanted to make sure no urban spaces go unused. And so he squeezed his house in between two other buildings.

  4. 4 The Hobbit House, Wales

    Straight out of Hobbiton, this house was built by a photographer who evidently was a huge LOTR fan. But the most remarkable thing about it is that it was built using only natural materials and cost only $5200.

  5. 5 Old Water Tower, Belgium

    Water was not the only thing this tower stored. It was also used as a Nazi hideout during the Second World War. However, a Belgian Design firm, Bham Design Studio decided to turn this 100-foot high tower into a very comfortable and good looking house.

  6. 6 Brooklyn Clock Tower Home, New York City

    Unlike most other houses on this list, this one is expensive. This is located at the top of Brooklyn's Clock Tower and comes for $18 million. The 7,000 square foot penthouse offers some of the best views of New York City.

  7. 7 The Flintstones House, Malibu, California

    Another home inspired by pop culture, it is almost a replica of the house owned by the Flintstones family from the popular cartoon show from the 60s. This 'rocking' house can be yours for $3.5 million.

  8. 8 Dumpster Home, New York City

    Gregory Kloehn, a designer from California, turned an old dumpster into a home for himself. Although the size is small, he's got everything in there that is needed to live in the house. He's got some storage space, a microwave oven, a fridge, and even a toilet. 

    Hmm, not too sure how comfortable it is...

  9. 9 Giant Seashell House, Mexico City

    Inspired by the works of Antoni Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright architects at Arquitectura Organica created this huge seashell shaped house for a family of four in Mexico City. You can see traces of Gaudi and Wright in the use of colored glasses on the exterior of the house.

  10. 10 The Steel House, Lubbock, Texas

    Robert Bruno built this house for over 23 years. It was originally intended to be only a one-story building, but he kept adding on, and now it is a huge building that has 3 separate levels and looks like a giant steel pig. He chose this location because he could get incredible views of the Ransom Canyon underneath.

  11. 11 Star Trek Voyage House, Hinckley, Leicestershire

    For Star Trek fans, this house is designed like the interior of a Star Trek ship, complete with LED lightings and intergalactic sound effects. The beautiful property was built by Tony Alleyne but he lost it to his ex-wife in a legal battle. What a great place to Live Long and Prosper.

  12. 12 Upside Down House, Trassenheide, Germany

    This house was built as a tourist attraction by Polish architects Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk as a part of the 'World Upside Down Project.' It allowed visitors to view the world from a different perspective. Everything about this house, including the furnishings, is upside down.

  13. 13 The Toilet House, Suwon, South Korea

    The Mayor of Suwon Sim Jae-Duk had this house designed in the shape of a toilet to commemorate the founding of the World Toilet Organisation. The house features a beautiful rooftop balcony which has flags of many countries hoisted there. This one is also a costly house and costs over a million dollars.  

  14. 14 Dupli.Casa, Ludwigsburg, Germany

    This was designed by German architects J.Mayer, who are known for their bizarre concept homes. Although the shape of the house is pretty distorted, it sure looks like a nice place to live in

  15. 15 Cohetillos, El Alto, Bolivia

    Bolivian architect Freddy Mamani designed these kitsch-looking mansions to reinvent the city once known for its monochromatic architecture. He has built more 60 of them in the past 9 years and many more are in the pipeline.

  16. 16 S-House, Saitama, Japan

    There's something about the Japanese and glass houses. It has a very simple but intelligently designed interior. Created by the Japanese architect Yuusuke Karasawa, this house also allows plenty of natural daylight to come in but offers no privacy to its residents.

  17. 17 Egg House. Beijing, China

    Chinese architect Dai Haifei was troubled by the rising real estate prices in China's capital. So what did he do? He built himself an egg-shaped house on a sidewalk. It serves his basic requirements and is totally powered by solar energy. And it's cheap too. It cost him only $964 to build this.

  18. 18 Rancho Burrito, East Austin, Texas

    Here's a home that is a lesson in sustainable living. All within the confines of the 280-square feet shipping container, the home is complete with a bedroom, a kitchen, and even has a hot tub. No wonder it causes cars on the highway to stop and notice.

  19. 19 Shark Attack Home, Headington, Oxford

    You can clearly see how the house got its name. In 1986, BBC radio DJ Bill Heine had an artist install a 7.5-meter Great Whale made of fiberglass crashing into the roof of his house. Easily the most easy-to-spot house in the neighborhood, it is now a popular landmark in the area

  20. 20 Gue(ho)st House, Delme, France

    It's not easy to describe this house in words. Designed by architects Berdaguer and Pejus, this house is a renovated prison house. The haunting all-white exterior is made of polystyrene coated in light resin.

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