1. Earthship Home
Water and energy shortages, groundwater and river pollution, wasteful McMansions being built all over the world and fluctuating temperature; with so much happening on this earth, this is the perfect time for Earthship. By earthship I don’t mean worshiping earth but a house which can fight the all above mentioned odds.
An Earthship is a type of passive solar house made of natural and recycled materials, generally made of earth-filled tires, using thermal mass construction to naturally regulate indoor temperature. They also usually have their own special natural ventilation system. Earthships are generally Off-the-grid homes, minimizing their reliance on public utilities and fossil fuels.
A perfect example of earthship is The Southern New Mexico earthship home. The house was constructed following the guidelines of earthship architect and pioneer Michael Reynolds and was designed and built by artist Eric Warman. . It is located in the City of the Sun, a community that was developed in 1971 from a 180-acre land gift to provide a shared home base for people of different faiths and spiritual paths.
Using tires and dirt to make exterior walls, bottles and cans and mud to make interior walls, and a small amount of wood to frame out the windows and doors, the houses have not only a minimal impact on housing supplies, but also has a tiny footprint on the earth itself – water from the sky, energy from the wind or sun, and a self-enclosed and maintained sewage treatment plant. Plus, no utility bills at all! How can you go wrong?
2. Castle On The Bay
The Castle was in the news when a few months after Laughing Squid launched their blog from Albion Castle in early 2005 the Hunter’s Point property at 881 Innes Avenue was auctioned off for $2.1 million. The Castle on the Bay is situated across the street from the sunny shoreline of the San Francisco Bay.
Built in 1870 by John Hamlin Burnell, a young English immigrant with plans for a brewery to supply the over 800 saloons serving the growing city. Burnell’s new property had a secret advantage: An underground aquifer that provided pure cold water, perfect for brewing – not to mention free. He built himself not only the work spaces for the Albion Porter & Ale Brewery, but also a castle home. Although relatively petite and built into a hillside, it features a distinctive tower built from stones pulled from cargo ship’s ballast, modeled after Norman fortifications Burnell loved back home.
Under the castle, Burnell dug out two stone cisterns, each capturing 8,000 to 10,000 gallons of spring water per day. The 200 foot pools are accessed by a cave entrance, and still provide fresh clean water today.
3. The Dune House
This one is for those who want to go for a sea bed walk but are scared of water, here is their chance to go little deep through the beach. Yes, we are talking about the Dune house; The Dune House located in Atlantic Beach is possibly the quirkiest home on the First Coast. After all, how many other houses are there where you have to mow the roof?
In this precedent-setting design, the dwellings are placed fully within the earth; two double-height apartments carved into the natural form of the sand dune.From the ocean side, it’s a grassy mound with windows that look like a cute face sunbathing with the sunglasses on.
The earth and grass that surrounds the apartments serve as a year-round natural insulator: When it was 20 degrees outside, it was 65 inside without the heat on. It’s tiny – just 750 square feet – and each room opens to the others.
4. Shangri-La Dome Home
To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon the verdant green hills, with a river flowing and breaking the silence- is the most perfect refreshment.
Shangri-LA Dome Home brings the similar refreshing experience. Situated on a bluff on 40 acres overlooking the beautiful Apishipa River and valley near Aguilar.
The property has magnificent views of the Huajatolla Spanish Peaks Mountains, the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, and the Apishipa River Valley in Las Animas County, Colorado
This unique “Shangri-La” Dome Home consists of eight interconnected domes with two levels on 40-acres of land. It is quiet and private and filled with light. The 360-degree sky view at an altitude of 6700 feet is spectacular day or night and the views of the valley and creek below go on for miles and miles.
Each seasons has its joys to treasure in the Dome Home and it’s the perfect place to lift your spirits and bring pleasure.
5. Mystery Castle
Built by a father to realize his daughter’s dream, this three-story castle, completed in 1945, is made of stone, adobe, automobile parts and petroglyphs and is held together by a cement mixture including goat’s milk. Take a tour – usually led by the daughter, who still lives there – of this odd, yet imaginative dwelling.
Mystery Castle is a wondrous work of folk-art architecture. Boyce Luther Gulley, who had come to Arizona in hopes of curing his tuberculosis, constructed the castle using stones from the property. The resulting 18-room fantasy has 13 fireplaces, parapets, and many other unusual touches.
People love it when architects use unusual objects, whether junk or jewels, and incorporate it into buildings. The gentleman who built this home must have had so much fun with the design. It got its name ‘Mystery Castle’ from Life magazine which featured the home in one of their articles. Everywhere you turn; there is some fun object worth a stare. So have a tour and happy staring.
6. The Cunningham Domes
This beautifully designed weird home was built by Gerry Cunningham, inventor of the ubiquitous drawstring clamp and the Gerry Kiddie Carrier,
Gerry Cunningham started building his home in the early 1980s with his wife, Ann, who died in May 2009 at age 86. It took about 13 years to complete most of the work.
An eco-friendly home half buried in the Southern Arizona hills near Patagonia, The concrete domes, tucked into grassy slopes like curved eyebrows, have solar panels to provide electricity, and the home uses wind power to pump groundwater. Natural light streams through south-facing windows. On the dirt-covered roof of the home, skylights flecked with colored glass pop out of the earth like mushrooms.
7. Minnesota Foam Home
A wonder residence constructed almost entirely out of polyurethane foam, hearing this you might question the strength and life of this house; To answer this here are few facts about the house:
Originally built in 1969 outside Minneapolis, the home was economic to build, solid and extremely energy efficient.
The house has taken record snowfalls, record cold, record heat…even took a direct lightening hit and survived it all. It was the subject of a Life Magazine article in 1970 and served as the host site for many fundraisers and community events including a Minnesota Vikings party.
So you can feel extremely secure inside, it’s a Foam Safe Home.
8. Coral Castle
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Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida, is one of the most amazing structures ever built. In terms of accomplishment, it’s been compared to Stonehenge, ancient Greek temples, and even the great pyramids of Egypt. The stones are fastened together without any mortar. They are simply set on top of each other using their immense weight to keep them together. However, the craftsmanship detail is so skillful that the stones are connected with such precision that no light passes through the joints. The 8-foot (2.4 m) tall vertical stones that make up the perimeter wall have a uniform height. Even with the passage of decades and a direct hit on August 24, 1992 by the Category 5 Hurricane Andrew, which leveled everything in the area, the stones have not shifted.
What is most remarkable about the contents of the Coral Castle is the massive size of the stones used throughout the construction, all the more remarkable when one considers that a single man assembled the entire site using only primitive tools. Hope readers are inspired and are all set to build something of this sought.
Bioscleave House is a dreamland for every kid, actually Built to Defeat Mortality.
Main attraction for kids is the concrete floor, which rises and falls like the surface of a vast, bumpy chocolate chip cookie, though it’s a concern for their parents
But, for Arakawa, 71, an artist who designed the house with his wife, Madeline Gins, the floor is a delight, as well as a proving ground. The couple claims that its architecture makes people use their bodies in unexpected ways to maintain equilibrium, which stimulates their immune systems. The concrete floor of the house which rises and falls is an undulating floor that tends to throw people off balance.
the design features walls painted, somewhat disorientingly, in about 40 colors; multiple levels meant to induce the sensation of being in two spaces at once; windows at varying heights; oddly angled light switches and outlets; and an open flow of traffic, unhindered by interior doors or their adjunct, privacy.
Stay in this house surely going to be an unusual experience but you should not expect much from the house when it comes to comfort. House can induce thrill and energy into the lives and worth a try.
10.Hammargren Home of Nevada History
There are three areas at the Hammargren complex which make it the most interesting house of the world:
The first is a planetarium and celestial observatory in one-third scale model of a Mayan pyramid, the center house is a full-scale model replica of the “House of the Governor” at a Mayan site at Uxmal, and the third house is a “Mayan Revival Style” architecture inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs in Hollywood.
The man living in Mayan style is Dr. Lonnie Hammargren, a neurosurgeon, former Nevada Lieutenant Governor and Honorary Consul to Belize. The houses contain thousands of oddities from 65 years of collecting unusual things like an iron lung, a Batmobile, a Liberace staircase and Bugsy Siegel’s toilet, even a fancy Easter egg entryway that Liberace once used for an Easter performance. Also on the premises are an Apollo Spacecraft Capsule, a Space Shuttle replica, and a Stonehenge reproduction.
Believe it or not Dr. Hammargren has own spacecraft complex nestled from public view atop the roof of his ‘center-house’. The space display theme(s) began over 25 years ago when he acquired a for-sure real Apollo Spacecraft used for splash-down tests.
Aren’t they weird? But I am sure you cannot refrain yourself appreciating the beautiful ideas. People think in strange ways and every time their strange thinking bring beautiful surprises and such surprises are worth waiting for. So stay tuned for next surprises which we’re going to present soon.