Where you live can reveal a lot about your true character. If that is to be believed the folks living in these weird and wonderful houses have a lot of explaining to do. From an upside down house to a house fashioned out of a giant boulder, feast your eyes on five of the world’s most unusual abodes.
Dancing House, Czech Republic
The striking, curvy so called Fred and Ginger Building in the Czech Republic is a landmark with distinction. Constructed in 1996 by its inspired architects Vladoo Milunic and Frank Owen Gehry, the building resembles two dancers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. The top floor is the only part open to the public and is the location for the Ginger & Fred Restaurant.
Hang Nga Guesthouse, Vietnam
Aka the Crazy House is more artwork than a guesthouse, provoking thought in the heart of Vietnam. Impressionist architect Dang Viet Nga was the driving creative force behind the project that brings thousands of people to Dalat each year. The house, famed for its non-rectilinear shapes, has been on many top ten lists in some cases in the world’s creative architecture awards. 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. 18 years later, she owned the house and it is recognized as a piece of art. The crazy house looks like a tree with tunnel-shaped stairways. Walking through the interior is an exhilarating experience.
Upside Down House, Canada
Aka the whoopsy house, if you think your life is topsy turvy this house might put you over the edge. This dizzy tourist destination is flipped and crooked leaving you disoriented wondering whether you are coming or going, leaving or staying. The gravity-defying house was constructed by Marek Cyran and Daniel Czapiewski, both from Poland where they had previous experience building similarly confusing houses. The house looks like it was picked up and placed on its roof. If you are in town visiting the wonderful Niagara Falls, it would be remiss to miss this place.
Boulder House, Portugal
In the mountaintop village of Monsanto in the east of Portugal, locals have built their homes in massive boulders rather than attempting to shift them. Some of the granite stone dates back to the 16th century. Locals figured it might be easier to incorporate the 200-tonne rocks as opposed to moving them out of the way. In 1938 Monsanto was named the most Portuguese village in Portugal, sitting 2,486 feet above sea level with stunning sea views.
Eagle House, Uruguay
Atlantida is an architect’s dream destination: from buildings shaped like ships to treehouses and the Eagle’s Nest. Hidden behind a small pine tree forest on a desert beach, the Nido del Aguila (Eagle’s Nest) is something to behold. The home was once a shelter of Natalio Michelizzi a pioneer in the bathing resort who made it all by hand. The massive eyes are the windows of the sitting-room where the sea can be viewed in peaceful tranquility.