11 Unusually Engineered Houses Designed by Genius Architects
Some people say a person's home is an extension of their personality. With that in mind, we wonder what warped, genius minds might live in these crazy homes.
While a few of these "homes" are actually sculptures, quite a few of these structures are actually lived in. Check out these 11 impressive outside-the-box, unusual house designs by some very talented architects, artists, and engineers.
1. The upside-down house in Kaohsiung, Taiwan
One of several inverted house designs worldwide, this upside-down house, called Pier 2 Art Center, was part of an art installation in Kaohsiung City, South Korea, that ran until 2017. The peculiar construction was part of an urban living exhibition.
2. "From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes" by Alex Chinneck
Alex Chinnek is known for his surreal Salvador Dali-like real-life building installations and sculptures. This one, titled "From the knees of my nose to the belly of my toes", is no exception, with the way it takes Dalí's melting clock face motif and applies it to house designs with its seemingly melting building façade.
3. UC San Diego's hanging house installation, "Fallen Star"
Ever wanted to live in a house that's teetering on the edge of the precipice? Ah, well thankfully South Korean artist Do Ho Suh has you covered. This structure, called "Fallen Star", was installed at UC San Diego in July 2012.
The installation, which takes surreal house designs to a new level, became one of the icons of the UC San Diego's Stuart Collection of public art, due to its crazy design and the seamless way it is integrated into the Jacob's Hall building at the university.
4. The marine-inspired Nautilus House, Mexico City
The "Nautilus House", which is actually listed on Airbnb, is named after the marine mollusk of the same name. Designed by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain, the house has a unique shell design that draws comparisons to the work of Barcelona's famous architect Antoni Gaudí — particularly his marine-inspired masterpiece Casa Batlló, which is one of the world's most iconic remodeled house designs.
An impressive example of "bio-architecture", the structure is built out of ferro-cement, which was set around a frame of steel-enforced chicken wire coated with a thin layer of concrete. Impressively, the lightweight build means that this home is earthquake resistant.
5. The incredibly thin and practical "Keret House" design
This structure, at only 122 centimeters wide is known as the world’s thinnest livable house. The unusual creation, called "Keret House", can easily be wedged in between two buildings to help city planners make the most of a city's limited space. The project was started in Poland, Warsaw by architect Jakub Szczesny.
6. The "Landed" home art installation
As house designs go, this is one you likely wouldn't want to live in. An art installation by Ian Strange, called "Landed", this house gives the appearance of having crash-landed from space.
The house was set outside the Art Gallery of South Australia in 2014 as part of the Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. The black matte finish gives the house a feel of having been burnt to a crisp in its descent through Earth's atmosphere.
7. The Hobbit hole-like "Dune House"
Back in 1964, Hurrican Dora passed through Florida. It was so strong that it created a dune in the garden of a property near the sea. Coincidentally, the owner of that property was the incredibly creative architect, and master of subversive house designs, William Morgan. Morgan decided he'd put the accumulated landmass to good use — he designed the "Dune House", a pair of rental homes built inside the dune, looking out to sea.
8. The "Dancing House", Prague
The "Dancing House" is a nickname given to what is actually an office building in Prague, Czech Republic. Designed by Croatian-born Czech architect Vlado Milunic in co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry, the construction was finished in 1996. It was controversial at the time of its inception as it stands out amongst the predominantly Neo-Baroque and Neo-Gothic building and house designs of Prague.
9. Deltec Homes' unusual designs have an incredibly practical purpose
Home production company, Deltec Homes, has been constructing unconventional circular house designs for 50 years. Despite their unusual designs, they might be the future of housing in specific parts of the world. Why? Because they are purposefully built to withstand hurricanes — and they do it very well.
Houses built by Deltec Homes are purposefully built in circular shapes so that the winds of a strong storm or hurricane flow around them, distributing wind pressure that would otherwise be focused on one location. Deltec also sources its wood carefully, making sure each board is strong enough to withstand hurricane conditions.
10. The "Nido de Quetzalcoatl"
Another one of Javier Senosiain's impressive house designs, the "Nido de Quetzalcoatl" translates from Spanish to the "Nest of Quetzalcoatl". The namesake was an Aztec deity believed by the people of the ancient culture to have contributed to the creation of mankind.
Impressively, as the design's name would suggest, the structure was built to appear like a large snake that's partially burrowed a nest for itself underground. The architectural design was built on a lot measuring 5,000 square meters. The site's irregular topography meant that some preexisting caves had to be collapsed for safety reasons.
11. Sanzhi UFO Houses, Taiwan
These incredibly unusual house designs, modeled after Futuro homes, were once touted as the future of housing. Today, the constructions are derelict and unused.
The development of the Sanzhi UFO houses was abandoned after the developers went bankrupt in the 80s. Reports say that the builders may have also believed the construction site was cursed after a series of work fatalities took place following the demolition of a ceremonial dragon and the discovery of a mass grave of 17th century Dutch soldiers.
These unusual house designs point towards a future that blends practicality with aesthetic designs. The future might be built by architects that are also incredible artists, engineers, and overall pioneers of innovative, rethought house designs.