There’s more to building a structure than bricks and mortar. From a house made from mirrors to one squeezed in between two buildings, we explore a few of the most unusual homes around the world.
Transparent House, Tokyo, Japan
This completely see-through house in Tokyo is made entirely from glass. Inspired by our ancient predecessors who lived in trees, Sou Fujimoto Architects chose to replicate life in the forest through connectedness and a complete lack of privacy.
Keret House, Warsaw, Poland
Due to a difficult history, Warsaw is a city of creative chaos, filled with literal cracks in the urban layout. To tackle these empty spaces Jakub Szczęsny filled a skinny gap (the widest point is 122cm) by creating the thinnest home in the world. Israeli writer, Etgar Keret, now uses the space as his studio.
The home of Frank Harmon, North Carolina, USA
Designed by architect Frank Harmon as his own residence, this home has a distinct Art Deco aesthetic. The primary colours of the abode reflect the cheerful and friendly zinnias, yuccas and palm trees growing in the garden. The house is made from steel, giving it a sense of both strength and lightness.
A floating home, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
A modern houseboat, Watervilla Weesperzijde is moored on the Amstel River. Designed by +31 Architects, the unusual home has large floor-to-ceiling doors, inviting the river in all day, every day.
Mirror House, Almere, The Netherlands
If you’re big on camouflage, this is the place for you. Designed by Swedish architect Johan Selbing of Studio Selva and Swiss landscape architect Anouk Vogel, Mirror House is completely covered in reflective glass. It’s a home that truly blends in with its surroundings.
Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, USA
A classic when it comes to unusual homes, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, is situated directly over a waterfall. Redefining the relationship between man, architecture and water, the house was built as a weekend home for owners Mr Edgar Kaufmann, his wife and their son. It has since become an icon of architecture.
Drina House, Bajina Basta, Serbia
Balanced on a rock on the Drina River, this tiny little cabin has withstood 50 years of destructive weather. It was conceptualised and, later, constructed, by a group of young swimmers who were looking for a place to rest while bathing. It’s now a one-room home and a tourist attraction to boot.