Every creature in the world has a home. A rabbit has its warren, a fish has the ocean, a hermit crab has its seashell, and we have our houses. These are our sanctuaries. It is where we feel the safest. It is where we go to sleep every night. It is where we spend the majority of our lives. Therefore, it is very important that each creature and person has the right home. A bird will spend hours painstakingly choosing the perfect materials for building its nest. A spider will use its own body to secrete and spin a web. Humans build their houses from raw materials and use blood, sweat, and tears to…alright, alright. Most of us buy pre-made houses, but still, we put a lot of deliberation and thought into choosing where we want to live. Some people might choose to live in a mobile home so they can travel the world, others might want a modest apartment overlooking a park, and some might want a two-story red-brick building with a white picket fence. What we are trying to say is that there are homes that suit each and every person. That being said, there are some truly unique and bizarre homes out there today.
It is said that you can tell a lot about a person from their homes. And if these are true, well, we have some questions for these homeowners. From tree houses to aquariums, here are 20 homes from around the world that don’t make any sense.
20 Haewoojae – Suweon, Korea (Yup, It's A Toilet)
At first glance, you might not fully realize what this home is in the shape of. Try looking again. Does it seem familiar? Ring a bell? You might actually be sitting on it while you read this article.
Yup, it’s a toilet. There is a real house in Suweon, Korea that is built to look like a toilet.
The house is called Haewoojae, which translates to “a place of sanctuary where one can solve one’s worries.”
It’s actually a pretty good name since everyone knows that best thinking happens when you sit on the porcelain throne. The home was designed by Sim Jae-duck, the chairman of the organizing committee of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association. First off, who even knew that we had a World Toilet Association? Second, WHY do we have a World Toilet Association? Well, we guess it makes sense that the chairman of the WTA would commission a house that looks like a toilet. Mr. Jae-duck had this house built because he wanted to bring attention to the sanitation needs of the world. He and the organization work to bring better sanitation to the world. This giant toilet house has four bedrooms and three ‘deluxe’ toilets. We are so curious to know what a deluxe toilet means inside a toilet home. It would make us so happy if it meant that the toilets were house-shaped.
19 Pineapple Under The Sea – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
“Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS!”
If you are a SpongeBob fan, then prepare to lose your minds. There is actually a replica of SpongeBob’s famous pineapple house in the Caribbean that you can stay at. While it isn’t underwater, it is as close to living in Bikini Bottom that you will ever be! Technically, the pineapple is part of a hotel, but it’s inspired by a home, so we’re counting it. Created by Nickelodeon and the Nick Resort Punta Cana, this yellow fruit is yours for the night if you fork over $3,800. The pineapple has two bedrooms and three bathrooms. It also includes an infinity pool and a private butler. The butler will organize tailor-made activities that will suit your taste. Anything from wine tastings to pyjama parties to moonlight beach dinners, the butlers have got it handled. The hotel isn’t joking around when it comes to including all the details of the home.
There is a working shell phone, a life-size Gary, and even the floaty sofa! The website doesn’t say, but we sincerely hope that the room service menu includes a Krusty Krab Burger, we’ve always wanted to know what it tasted like!
Can we say, “IIIIIIII’M READY?”
18 Star Trek Voyage House – Leicestershire, England
On the outside, these buildings look like the average run-of-the-mill apartments, plain red brick, dull, and uniform. What you don’t know is that the inside of one of these apartments is every Star Trek fan’s greatest fantasy.
An entire apartment built to replicate the Star Trek Voyager. That’s right, the flat looks exactly like the inside of the Intrepid-class starship. When you step into the building, it feels like you can go into warp drive any second. The apartment was designed by a die-hard fan, Anthony Alleyne. He is an interior designer that spent TEN YEARS and thousands of dollars to create this home. The home actually went on the market in 2015 because Alleyne was arrested for owning inappropriate child abuse images. Alleyne’s ex-wife put the apartment up for £70,000. As impressive as the place looks, there are a few downfalls. The windows are all completely blacked out, and there is no stove in the kitchen. When the house went up for sale, paying a mortgage wasn’t an option so you would have to pay the £70,000 up front. The real estate agents for the property put everyone through a strict vetting process because they were worried about people buying the home and using it as a tourist attraction. Think of the cosplay opportunities that this home holds.
17 Floating Seahorse – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
If you have 2.8 million dollars to spare, you can get this stunning home off the coast of Dubai. The Floating Seahorse is an incredible underwater home. It took over 18,000 hours for the Kleindienst Group just to research, design, and engineer this home. The portion of the house that is underwater is the master bedroom and bathroom and overlooks a gorgeous 500-square-foot coral garden. Imagine waking up and seeing a shark swim right by your window (we’d pee our pants). The house also has a floating bed and deck on the surface. You can literally roll off your couch and into the water if you so choose. The only way to reach these homes are either by boat or seaplane because they are about two and a half miles off the coast (moving in must be a pain). If you really have the money to spare, there is an even more luxurious version coming out soon for 3.3 million dollars. Those homes are larger (4,000 square feet!), have two bedrooms underwater, and will feature complete smart home automation. As impressive as these homes are, though, can you imagine what happens when it storms? Yikes!
16 Porcelain House – Tianjin, China
At first glance, this house just seems to have an elaborate paint job. A closer look shows that the home is actually completely covered in porcelain vases and dishes. We’re not kidding. The entire building has vases embedded into the walls. Even the windows, doors, pillars, eaves, and roofs are decorated with chinaware. The home was first built in the 1920’s and was a normal French-styled villa. It was later renovated as a porcelain museum and become open to the public in 2007.
There are more than 700 million porcelain pieces in the house. There are 4,000 ancient Chinese vases, 40 tons of crystal, 13,000 plates and bowls, 300 porcelain pillows (um, ouch!), and 300 white marble lions.
(We have never been so afraid to sneeze.) The pieces range from celadon from the Jin Dynasty (265-420) to the rose china of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The owner of the home, Zhang Lianzhi, is a porcelain collector that spent 20 years collecting all the materials for this home. It then took an additional 5 years to decorate the home. He wanted to showcase and preserve chinaware culture. The whole home is visually stunning, but the four dragons on the exterior wall are truly impressive. Each dragon is over 200 meters long and are made from thousands of porcelain pieces. Talk about a difficult puzzle!
15 The Headington Shark – Oxford, England
Imagine driving down a quiet English neighborhood. Nothing is out of the ordinary, and everything seems normal. Suddenly, something catches the corner of your eye and you turn your head to see something that looks like a scene from Sharknado. Sticking head first out of the roof of an otherwise ordinary home is a shark. The first thing to pop into your mind is probably going to be “WHY?” Well, at least it was for us. The painted fiberglass shark first appeared in 1986 on the anniversary of the atomic bomb drop on Nagasaki.
According to Bill Heine, the owner of the house and commissioner of the shark, “The shark was to express someone feeling totally impotent and ripping a hole in their roof out of a sense of impotence and anger and desperation . . . It is saying something about CND, nuclear power, Chernobyl, and Nagasaki.” At first, the city council worked to have the shark removed but clearly, because it is still standing today, failed to do so. The house since then has been bought by Bill Heine’s son, Magnus Hanson-Heine. Unfortunately, the inside of the house is dull, and there is no giant shark head protruding through. Can you imagine have a shark head gaping at you above the dinner table? Talk about a conversation starter!
14 The Eye Of The Storm – South Carolina, US
If you live in a hurricane-prone state, then you all know the drill when the hurricane warning blares through your TVs, radios, and phones. Go and buy all the milk and bread in the grocery stores, tie down anything light, batten down the windows, and if the storm is particularly severe, load up the car and start the trek up country! While everyone else is scrambling to get away from flood-prone areas, one happy family can sit back and watch the ocean heave and toss inches away from their door. They don’t have a death wish! Far from it, they are simply aware that they are perfectly safe in their home, appropriately named Eye of the Storm.
This unique home smugly sits upon the coast of Sullivan’s Island. The house’s eye-catching dome shape stands out among the other typical beach homes. The open floor allows storm surges to sweep through but leave the structure unharmed. The curved walls also let harsh winds to harmlessly blow over. The home has four levels with 3,500 square feet of space to roam. An elevator connects the floors, while two staircases curve seamlessly through the house. The home is both an engineering marvel and a piece of art.
The best part? The home has just been put up for sale for 4.9 million. So if you’re a storm lover, there is no better home to sit back and watch nature rage around you!
13 Roundabout House – Prague, Czech Republic
We don’t know about you, but we enjoy waking up with the sun. It’s nicer to be woken up by the soft morning light than the blaring alarm next to our ears. Unfortunately for us, our bedroom faces the southwest side and gets little light in the morning. If only we could swivel our home around so that in the morning, we can get the early light and then turn it the other direction and watch the sunset. Well, a man named Bohulil Lhota in the Czech Republic decided to address this issue.
He built a house that not only can rotate but can also move up and down. He can literally adjust his window view every day to whatever he wants.
He started the building the house back in 1981 and still isn’t done adding details here and there. He built his home several miles out of Prague and close to nature where temperatures are slightly cooler. Not only does he have a beautiful view of the mountains, but he can also even enjoy the view from this 360 pool. The entire lower floor is a pool so you can enjoy the view from every direction. Not only is the home shiftable, but it is also eco-friendly! It won the E.ON Energy Globe Award Czech Republic for its design. This would be such a fun house to live in, and we’d just have to make sure to keep in mind where the door is.
12 House NA – Tokyo, Japan
If you are a private person who enjoys relaxing at home, then this is not the home for you. Located in Tokyo, one of the world’s MOST populated cities, is a house with no walls. Instead, the house is made almost entirely of glass. There is no hiding in this transparent home. On the plus side, you get plenty of sunshine. The home was built at the request of a young couple who apparently have no secrets. Any passerby and neighbor can watch as you sleep, cook, and lounge in your home. The house is undeniably gorgeous. It’s sleek and contemporary and screams modernism. It’s three stories–unheard of in the crowded streets of Tokyo–and is a playground for adults. The home is designed to mimic a tree house. It is segmented, and you climb from room to room and floor to floor and still not feel like you are entering a different part of the house. Thankfully, the bathroom is sectioned off, so no one is staring at you while you do your business (awkward), and if you get tired of curious eyes, there are curtains that you can draw across to get a little bit of privacy. Still, we don’t know how we feel about going to sleep and knowing that someone could be watching us.
11 Keret House – Warshaw, Poland
Chances are, you’ll walk by this house and not even notice it. Spanning just 152 centimeters wide at its widest and 72 centimeters at its slimmest is the Keret House in Warshaw, Poland. The home is tucked between two other buildings. Talk about a tight squeeze!
The home was designed by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny who wanted to make full use of urban spaces. The home is just big enough for a single person to stay for a short while. As Szczesny says, “It requires a sense of humor, as you cannot stay long in a place like this.” The home sits on stilts, and to get in, you must come up from underneath. Even though the house is small, it is fully furnished. There are two floors with one bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom, and a living area. The home has its own water and sewage system and is not connected to the cities due to its location. Technically, the house is classified as an art installation because it doesn’t meet building codes. However, it is still being used as a residence. Its first guest was Jakub Szczesny who passed it on to someone else after his stay. Hope you’re not claustrophobic if you decided to stay at this home!
10 Airplane House – Miziara, Lebanon
For whatever reason, a Lebanese couple decided that they didn’t want the stereotypical home with a white picket fence. They decided they wanted something more unique. We guess they combined their love of flying and need for a home when they thought of this bizarre house design. The two-story home is built to look like an Airbus A380 plane. There is definitely no shortage of windows since it has 82 portholes to look out of, and the windows certainly come in handy when it comes to appreciating the gorgeous mountain scenery. The plane is only a replica of the aircraft, not an actual airplane that was refitted, so no worries about any takeoffs! The inside of the home has luxurious bedrooms and even a spiral staircase. The original owners of the home now live in Australia, so we’re not entirely sure who lives there now. However,
the house is actually just one out of several funky-looking places in this particular area. The neighborhood has several exciting homes, including one that looks like the pyramids and some that resemble Greek temples.
(If you love this house, you should check out the airplane restaurant, Runway 54, in Switzerland.)
9 Crocodile House – Abidjan, Ivory Coast
We’re still shaking our head over this next home. Everyone has had some crazy ideas, including us. Luckily for us, we’ve got a great group of friends that stop us from doing anything stupid (like that time we thought it would be a good idea to go clubbing in Tokyo before catching our morning flight). Well, no one decided to stop artists Moussa Kalo and Thierry Atta on this project. We’re still not entirely sure if we’re thankful or not that no one stopped them.
Moussa Kalo started a project in 2008 but sadly passed away two months before completing it. His apprentice, Thierry Atta, picked up the project and finished it in honor of his teacher. The installation that the two were working on was a functional home that was designed to look like a crocodile. Yup, you read that correctly. The house looks like a massive reptile, pointy teeth and all. The sculpture was hollowed out so a bed could fit inside. A window in the stomach of the best provides some natural lighting. Still, have you ever thought about your dream house and go, “I want to live inside a crocodile.” At least the beast is friendly-looking with its cheerful-looking smile!
8 Haines Shoe House – Pennsylvania, US
Do you remember that old nursery rhyme “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe?”
There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.
She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do.
She gave them some broth without any bread;
And whipped them all soundly and put them to bed.
- Mother Goose
First off, this poem is much more disturbing reading it now than when we were six years old.
Second, as soon as we saw the Haines Shoe House, this poem was the first thing in our head. In 1948, Colonel Mahlon Nathaniel Haines, a shoe king, asked an architect to design him a house that looked like a shoe. He wanted it for advertisement purposes and the architect delivered! He created a home that looks exactly like a boot. The mailbox looks like a shoe and even the doghouse! Haines would rent the house out to elderly couples throughout the year (specifically elderly; we don’t know why) and also to newlyweds that worked for his shoe stores. Today, the house is no longer used as a residence but is instead a tourist attraction. Still, that’s one selfie that we won’t mind snapping!
7 The Woodman’s Tree House - West Dorset, England
As children, we all dreamed about having a tree house in our backyard. It would be our special place away from the parents and be just for us. Some of us were lucky enough to have a dad who was skilled enough with a hammer and nail to build a tree house. For those whose father couldn’t or didn’t have a backyard, we had to settle with a sandbox. Still, there are some people who wanted a tree house so badly as a child that they decided to build their own when they grew up. Apparently, fully-functional tree houses are currently all the rage, and one of the most stunning ones we’ve seen is the Woodman’s Treehouse.
This looks like the kind of place that Robin Hood and his gang of Merry Men would have lived it. The house is straight from a fairytale. The home is located in West Dorset, England.
It is fully functional and you can actually live in it. Just because the house is in a tree, does not mean that it is lacking in anything. The bedroom looks like it belongs in a five-star hotel, and the rainfall shower is even more incredible because it is surrounded by real trees. It even has a wood fire pizza oven! This gorgeous home was designed by Mallinson Ltd and BEaM Studio. And the best news? YOU CAN RENT IT. We are so ready to revisit our childhood.
6 Cliff House – Australia
Alright, this next home has actually not been built yet. It is currently still in its concept stage and eventually might happen. We’re going to be honest, we’re hoping that the home stays in the concept stage. The Cliff House is a project that architect firm Modscape is playing with.
The apartment is “inspired by the way barnacles cling to the hull of a ship…a natural extension of the cliff face rather than an addition to the landscape.” So basically, the home would be built on the side of a cliff.
We couldn’t even imagine walking into this home without passing out in fear, much less build it. Since there is no foundation for the house, people would have to hang off the side and attach the home by using steel pins to anchor the home into the cliff face. We can already imagine the workplace accidents that might occur while this is happening. The view from the house will probably be absolutely stunning, but we’d never get another wink of sleep in our life if we stayed here. We’d be too concerned with the house falling off in the middle of the night. Just think, one bad storm or particularly rough wave.
5 Nautilus House – Mexico City, Mexico
If you ever want to know how a snail or hermit crab feels like, then you should visit the Nautilus House in Mexico City. The home is designed to look like a giant seashell and is incredibly beautiful. The home was designed by Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Organica and was built in 2006. By using chicken wire coated in concrete, Senosiain was able to replicate the curved lines of a snail shell. There are some heavy Gaudi influences that are apparent in the colorful mosaic that makes up the front wall. The curving lines on the outside of the home are echoed on the inside. The rooms inside are also designed to mimic the concave chambers of a shell. Instead of carpet, the majority of the ground is covered in lush greenery, and the jeweled tone glass walls reflect spots of color through the house.
A family with two children currently live in the home. They had grown bored of their conventional home and had wanted something more “integrated with nature.” We can safely say that Javier Senosiain definitely delivered on that request! Not only is the house beautifully unique, but it is also earthquake-proof! We wonder if you can hear the sounds of the ocean inside of the home.
4 Quetzalcoatl Nest – Naucalpan, Mexico
This next home is actually a set of condominiums designed by the same architect (Javier Senosiain) who created the Nautilus House in the previous entry. Quetzalcoatl is a legendary serpent god and has apparently been turned into a series of condos. The building is composed of ten separate apartments that weave in and out of the lush terrain.
The land was originally extremely uneven and irregular and spotted with caves. Most people would have gone through and bulldozed it flat before building. However, Javier Senosiain saw the pits and dips as a challenge. He took the largest and most stable cave and turned it into the impressive gaping mouth of Quetzalcoatl. The walls of the building are a colorful mosaic that mimics a real snake’s scales. Senosiain’s focus was to leave as much of the surrounding greenery as untouched as possible. When the project was completed, Senosiain was able to retain 98% of the green space. The ten condos compose the rest of the serpent’s body, and each one offers stunning views of the canyon around them. The serpent’s body loops in and out of the terrain like a real snake, creating the perfect balance of nature and man. Living in this home would be an incredible experience!
3 The World Stands On Its Head – Trassenheide, Germany
Here is a home that will leave you with an irritating neck crick. Called “The World Stands On Its Head,” the creators of this home thought they’d take a new perspective on ordinary run-of-the-mill homes. Instead of building a typical house (because where is the fun in that?), the man who commissioned it wanted to do something ‘different.’ Well, he definitely got something different. He got the complete opposite of normal.
His house was built upside down. The roof is the bottom and the bottom is the roof. Going inside the homes does not rectify the issue, it only exacerbates it.
The interior of the house continues to follow the ‘upside down’ theme. A potted tree dangles from one corner. A kitchen table and chairs sit smack dab in the middle of the…ceiling? Roof? Floor? We’re not even sure how to identify this home! The sofa must be nailed to the pseudo ceiling if it is not budging and even the toilet looms above everyone’s heads. The only way to enter the house is through the attic. The house is not suitable for rentals. However, the home is open as an art exhibit so you are more than welcome to stroll through and enjoy.
2 Big Rock – Coahulla, Mexico
This family takes the saying “living under a rock” to a whole ‘nother level. Hernandez and his wife, Santa Marth de la Cruz Villarreal, have spent 30 years raising their family and living under a rock. We don’t mean that they don’t know what the current fashion trends are or what the breaking news is. No, this family literally lives under a rock. Their home is built in the crevice of a giant boulder, and the roof is a massive boulder. Inside the house is a simple life.
The ground is a dirt floor, electricity goes in and out, and there is no sewage system. The family lives off the land and occasionally makes grocery runs to the nearby store in the next town over.
Hernandez had been coming out to this area and the boulder long before he built a home there. He first saw the boulder when he was a young child. He would explore the fields and area around it and treated the space as his personal playground. He was so fond of the area that he decided to make it his home. In the last 30 years, he and his wife have raised seven children. And even though it gets cold at night and getting food on the table is an occasional struggle, the family has decided to stay out here in the sprawling desert than live in a crowded city.
Talk about being between a rock and a hard place.
1 Flintstone House – California, US
First off, if you don’t remember watching episodes of The Flintstones on TV and yelling “YABBA DABBA DOO,” then you’re too young for us and you should go away. If you do know who Fred Flintstone is, then welcome. We loved watching this iconic television as we were growing up. We were definitely fans, but not as hardcore as some people.
Located in California, this orange bubble home creates a striking image. The house is a single-family residence and was actually built at first as an experiment. Architect William Nicholson wanted to test out a new building material and was playing around with some steel rebar and shotcrete. The result was this funny-looking bubble home that has been dubbed as the Flintstone House because of its resemblance to the show’s main character’s home. Since then, previous owners have embraced the home’s new name and even painted the house to match the one on TV. While this home doesn’t have a pet dinosaur that will greet you at the door with exuberant kisses, you could probably substitute with a dog.
The house was recently sold for $2,800,000! Whew, that is a steep price!