Unusual property designs

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Unusual property designs

As architects and individuals seek individuality with the homes that they design, or live in, we have taken a look at some of the more extravagant and unusual property designs. Our feature below includes properties shaped by seashells, cars, books, shoes and UFO’s, just to name a few, which got us thinking...

Voglreiter Auto Residence

Voglreiter Auto Residence

The Auto Residence near Salzburg was designed by architect Markus Voglreiter. Transformed from a 1970's style house, it now not only looks like a car, but also features energy saving and sustainable technologies.

Ideal residents: The environmentally conscientious (who might normally be found driving a Prius).

Nautilus House

Nautilus House

Fed up with living in a conventional home, a young couple decided to design and build a home in the shape of a sea shell. Located in Naucalpan, Mexico this paradisiacal property is certainly unusual and the interior certainly matches the extravagances of the exterior.

Ideal resident: Hermit crabs zoologists.

Kansas City Public Library

Kansas City Public Library

The Kansas City Public Library building is striking and comprises 22 book spines ranging from Fahrenheit 451 to Charlotte's Web, which reflect the "wide variety of reading interests" catered for within. With each spine measuring approximately 8m x 3m they certainly stand out.

Ideal resident: Librarians or publishers.

Nakagin Capsule Tower

Nakagin Capsule Tower

This tower is the brain child of architect Kisho Kurokawa and is located in Shimbashi, Japan. When it was completed in 1972 it was the world's first example of capsule accommodation, and although it has fallen into disrepair it is still in use for office and residential purposes. With each capsule measuring 2x4x2 metres they function as (pretty cramped) living or office space.

Ideal resident: Anyone that doesn't suffer from claustrophobia and doesn't have too many possessions.

Cubic Houses

Cubic Houses Rotterdam

These bizarre homes are located in Rotterdam and Helmond, Holland. The designers' idea supposedly represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree and with all of the houses creating a forest.

Ideal resident: Erno Rubik (inventor of the 'Rubik's Cube').


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Shoe House, Pennsylvania

Shoe House Pennsylvania

Located in Hallam, Pennsylvania, the Shoe House was built in the late 40's by a shoe salesman (rather unsurprisingly). After many years of being a home to many couples, this 5 story house has now been converted for public tours.

Ideal resident: The Shoe People or the woman from the nursery rhyme, 'There was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe'.

Futuro-House, Taupo, New Zealand

Futuro House New Zealand

Around 100 of these houses were built in the 1960s and 70s; as "products of post-war Finland, reflecting the period's faith in technology, the conquering of space, unprecedented economic growth, and an increase in leisure time."

Ideal resident: E.T. or Yoda

Errante Guest House

Errante Guest House Chile

With little information on the Errante Guest House, some may argue that it is a piece of architectural brilliance, whilst others say that it looks as if it is falling down, either way this property in Chile is certainly unique and unusual.

Ideal resident: The crooked man from the nursery rhyme who walked a crooked mile, found a crooked sixpence, bought a crooked cat that caught a crooked mouse.

Edificio Mirador

Edificio Mirador Madrid

This block of flats Located in Madrid is not only striking because of its multicoloured paint finish, but also because of the gaping hole 37 metres up which instantly draws the eye. It is in fact the communal garden area. Designed and developed by a Dutch architectural company with a Madrid based architect (Blanca Lleo) the concept is somehow supposed to represent an apple.

Ideal resident: Salvador Dali

State Centre

State Centre MIT

The State Centre is an academic centre at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), predominantly for computer sciences. Surprisingly, the erection of this building didn't cause controversy because of its whacky design, but because in order to build it meant the demolition of MIT's Building 20.

Ideal resident: Bill Gates, and anyone else that has a strong passion for computers and technology.

Great Mosque of Djenné

Great Mosque Djenne

Located on the flood plains of the Bani River in the city of Djenne, Mali, the Great Mosque was originally built in the 13th century, but the current building only dates back to 1907. It is considered by many architects to be one of the greatest Sudano-Sahelian achievements, and is the largest mud brick building in the world.

Ideal resident: Aladdin

Stone House, Guimarães, Portugal

Stone House Portugal

Comprised of two giant stones connected with concrete; this house in the Fafe Mountains of Portugal draws great numbers of tourists each year. There are strong rumours that the property was based upon the residence of those in popular cartoon, The Flintstones (which is quite understandable).

Ideal resident: Fred and Wilma Flintstone or Barney and Betty Rubble

Johnston Marklee Hill House

Johnston Marklee Hill House

This award winning house is located in Los Angeles and was completed in 2004 by Johnston and Marklee. Due to its precarious location on the hillside, it was deemed to be impossible to build, but it is now considered to be an iconic example of modern architecture.

Ideal residents: Someone that's cool, hip and trendy, looking to show-off great architecture in a great location.

B Hive House

b hive house

This cutting edge river front property in Perth, Australia, drew lots of positive attention when it was completed in 2004. One of its most notable features is the wrap around roof, which certainly makes this an unusual property.

Ideal resident: Given the name of the project and the house, Austin Powers... Oh behave!

XS House

xs house

Three rotated 6m x 9m boxes assembled together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fitted with four corner skylights giving rooms the most natural light possible.

Ideal resident: Any individual that doesn't suffer from claustrophobia or have too many possessions.

Klein Bottle House

klein bottle house

Located in Rye, Australia, the aptly named Klein Bottle House (a "Klein bottle" in mathematics is an object that has no readily identifiable inside or outside). Designed by Rob McBride, this unusual property was predominantly designed using computer based technologies.

Ideal resident: Someone that is extremely confused

With thanks to the following websites and individuals for giving us permission to use their images: Archdaily: architecture news, Theron LaBounty and Sue W.

Very Helpful, easy to arrange home insurance, particularly for a property that had some higher risks indicated. Would recommend. Wednesday, 11 October 2017

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