Searching the internet, I was
able to find the following unusual and whimsical home styles.
Originally I read an article about the Airplane House, and knew
there had to be more like it that would have me shaking my head in amazement.
I did, in fact, find quite a few. Enjoy . . .
Airplane house (Abuja, Nigeria)
At first glance, this looks like a
horrible plane crash! But it turns out this site was no
accident. To honor his wife’s love of travel, Said
Jammal built their home in a shape of an airplane.
Credit: courtesy of the
Longaberger Basket was built in 1997 as the
manufacturer’s headquarters at a cost of $30 million.
The seven-story building is an exact replica of a
medium-sized Longaberger picnic basket. Synthetic
plaster was used to create the curved basket weave
exterior. The handles are heated to prevent ice from
forming and falling onto the roof.
Boat House (Encinitas, California)
Living in a boathouse is pretty
common—but living in a house that’s shaped like a boat?
A creative builder took inspiration from his love for
the sea and built the S.S. Encinitas and S.S. Moonlight
apartments out of
salvaged timbers from an old hotel. These houses have
been a vital part of Encinitas’ history since the early
20th century and last we heard, community leaders had
plans to turn them into museums.
Photographer: Larry E.
Car House (Salzburg, Austria)
The compact Volkswagen Beetle has
always been a fuel-efficient car, but what about
applying that conservationist model to a
house? German architect
Mark Voglreiter took up the challenge and nailed it with
the "Auto Residence." Its thermal insulation makes it
very energy-efficient. The house was rented in 2004 for
a pricey $2,500 euros a month.
Dog Park Inn (Cottonwood, Idaho)
Dennis Sullivan and Frances Conklin
Dog Bark Park for their
love of beagles and classic roadside attractions. The
beagle-shaped cottages are available for rent. The gift
shop, which features “the whimsical chainsaw artwork of
husband/wife artists Dennis and Frances” is definitely a
Guitar House (Fayetteville,
Songwriter Elvis L. Carden, decided
to devote the design of his
house to his greatest
passion: music. This 3,800 square-foot guitar-shaped
home took approximately sixteen years to build, but
Elvis was adamant on completing his dream house. The
exterior walls have the perfect curves of a Gibson and
the aluminum cables that stretch across the length of
the exterior are the ultimate strings. What else could
you expect from a guy named Elvis?
Credit: courtesy of Elvis L.
Pickle Barrel House (Grand Marais,
Talk about employee appreciation! In
1926, the Cooperage Company of Chicago (pickle
manufacturer amongst other things) built this two-story
barrel-shaped cottage for their head pickle ad
illustrator, William Donahey. Today it is open to the
public; entrance is free, but they charge for pickles.
The Pineapple House (Dunmore Park,
In 18th century Europe, nothing said
affluence like a massive pineapple. This tropical
delicacy became a symbol of coveted exoticism stretching
from cuisine to architecture. And the IV Earl of Dunmore
just had to have one. In 1761, he built this
home addition as a
garden retreat and hothouse and today it is one of the
most famous buildings in Scotland.
Photographer: John Watson
Shell House (Isla Mujeres, Mexico)
While the materials used to build the
House were fairly
traditional, the design of it was anything but. This
whimsical conch construction on Isla Mujeres seems
straight out of the Little Mermaid! The house has
attracted a lot of attention throughout the years and
it’s currently available as a very unique vacation
Photographer: Lia Bo Bia
The Shoe House (Hellam,
Taking the idea straight out of the
beloved folk tale,
shoe retailer Mahlon N.
Haines (aka the Shoe Wizard) built this house in 1948 to
advertise his business. After Haines passed away, the
Shoe House was sold and turned into a destination ice
cream parlor. Today it is back in the Haines family’s
hands and open for tours.
Photographer: Carl Stough
Space House (Chattanooga,
When this three-level flying
saucer-shaped residence was built in 1970, it became
known as the “house
of the 21st century.” Futuristic features such as an
entrance staircase that retracts with the push of a
button and support legs that provide plumbing and
electrical connections make this house just as
interesting on the outside as the inside. This rare
piece of architecture recently sold for $135,000—quite
the bargain for a ride into the future.
Toilet House (Suweon, Korea)
To highlight the need for better
sanitation around the world, the chairman of the World
Toilet Association, Sim Jae-duck, built his
house in the shape of a
toilet (now that’s dedication). The steel, white
concrete and glass house is named Haewoojae, which in
Korean means “a place of sanctuary where one can solve
one’s worries.” Before he moved in, Jae-duck rented the
house for $50,000 and gave the proceeds to his campaign
to provide poor countries with proper sanitary
Credit: courtesy of the
World Toilet Association