The purpose of a house is simple. It provides you with shelter, protection, and other necessities for your residential as well as commercial needs. That’s why there are different types of houses with different shapes and forms, built with cutting-edge technology, a sheer feat of creativity, engineering, and architecture to fit various needs. Then there are some buildings or unique house designs that question the very foundation of what a building or house should look like and makes you curious about the purpose. These are so unconventional that upon looking at anyone of them can evoke a peculiar sense of oddity. Nevertheless, these houses are cool to look at and can mesmerize even the finickiest person. Today, we will discuss 5 of the coolest houses in the world that have defied the laws of architecture and stand tall.
Why would someone build a house that can disorient someone’s senses and leave them baffled? It turns out that the architects of ‘The World Upside Down’ project in Trassenheide, Germany wanted the visitor to have a unique perspective of everyday items. This making it one of the coolest houses in the world. Entering the house can give you queer feeling. The house itself is disoriented and looks like a giant placed the house on its roof. For some people, this usual orientation may feel strange or even uncanny. You will see everything is in its place but upside-down.
As interesting as it may sound, the flipped and crooked settings of the house may leave the visitors dizzy, perplexed, and even scared. Thankfully nobody has to live in this house since the primary purpose of this house is for exhibition and to attract tourists. However, this is not a one of a kind house; there are multiple houses of a similar setting around the world. Namely, the Whoopsy House in Canada, the Upside-down house in South Africa.
Located in Prague, the Czech Republic, this Dancing House aka Fred and Ginger is not only unique and one of the coolest houses in the world, it also has a historical significance. The striking, curvy landmark was destroyed by the U.S. bombing of Prague in 1945. Constructed in 1996 by its inspired architects Vladoo Milunic and Frank Gehry, the building resembles two dancers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The deconstructivist style building also features the upscale Ginger & Fred Restaurant at the top floor. The Dancing House also contains a luxury hotel for special weekends. Although faced with some controversy for its unusual design and architecture, in 1997 the Dancing House won Time Magazine’s design contest.
HANG NGA GUESTHOUSE
Hằng Nga guesthouse aka Crazy House is amongst the coolest houses in the world for multiple reasons. This house is more artwork than a guesthouse. At first glance, it may seem like a house of the Ewoks from Star Wars but this thought-provoking structure is the creation of a creative genius named Dang Viet Nga. The crazy house looks like a tree with tunnel-shaped stairways. And walking through the interior may give you an otherworldly sensation. The work of this immensely talented impressionist architect draws thousands of people each year to Dalat in the heart of Vietnam.
The house is famed for its non-rectilinear shapes and has been on many top ten lists in many creative architecture awards. But the journey to the creation of this ‘Crazy House’ was a steep climb. When Ms. Nga started working on the project from scratch, she was on the brink of bankruptcy, so she started selling tickets to tourists to visit her house. And now it is recognized as a piece of art and serves as an art gallery.
NIDO DEL AGUILA (Eagle House)
This odd-shaped ‘Eagle House’ was erected in 1945 by businessman Natalio Michelezzi. It originally served as a small apartment with every commodity, now it is well-known for its tourist attraction. Uruguay’s Atlantida is an architect’s dream destination for several reasons. It hosts some of the coolest buildings as well as some unique house designs in the world. From buildings shaped like ships to treehouses, you will see every strange structure in Atlantida. Tucked away in a small pine tree forest on a desert beach, the Nido del Aguila (Eagle House) can easily be considered amongst the top five coolest houses in the world and something to behold. The massive eyes are the windows of the sitting-room where the sea can be viewed in peaceful tranquility.
What is the natural instinct when you see a boulder placed at a suitable spot during building a house? Most people will remove the boulder from its place. However, the locals from the mountaintop village of Monsanto in the east of Portugal had a different idea. Instead of attempting to remove or shifting the boulders, locals have built their homes in them. Locals figured it might be easier to incorporate the 200-tonne rocks as opposed to moving them out of the way. Some of the granite stone dates back to the 16th century. In 1938, Monsanto was named the most Portuguese village with stunning sea views. You have to reach 2,486 feet above sea level in order to get to the village.
Like these, there are hundreds of unique design houses and luxurious buildings around the world that can make your jaw drop and leave you in awe of human genius/madness. If you dig deep, you will find that most of these structures emerged either out of one’s passion and love of creating something unique or just to fit requirements. So if you ever have a chance to visit one of these architectural marvels, just make sure to spend enough time and try to understand why certain design elements were incorporated the way they were. It will worth it.
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