People are thinking outside the box when it comes to building their dwellings. Infused with inspiration and green motivation, some of the following homes are unique as they are strange. Expressing oneâ€™s self through the home is taking a literal spin in the worldâ€™s wackiest houses.
For some people, homes are more than just four walls and a roof in a standard architectural style. Some people choose to live in homes that make a statement and stand apart from all others. Come along and visit five of the wackiest, most unusual homes in the world.
The Bubble Castle
Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Theoule, France, the home designed by Hungarian Antti Lovag boasts no straight edges or sharp corners in its entire 1200 square meters. This home, which has become legendary for its parties and social gatherings, is made of lightweight mesh, rods and poured concrete.
Its 28 rooms, including 10 suites decorated by contemporary artists, have round walls, round bubble windows and round furniture. Lovag used the concept of “habitology”, which he defines as going back to one’s ancient roots of cave dwelling, and created a soothing sanctuary that includes indoor palm trees and waterfalls.
An entirely different sort of castle can be found 25 miles west of Topeka, Kansas, in America’s heartland. This building was once home to an Atlas E intercontinental ballistic missile.
Reclaimed in the 1980s by a couple seeking to find a more peaceful and spiritual use of the land, the missile site was remodeled and refurbished over 10 years and is now an uplifting and inspirational home.
Along with beautiful living spaces, this home features an 11,000 square foot garage and a 1700-foot airstrip.
Everingham Rotating House
Wouldn’t it be lovely to be able to change the view out of the bedroom windows each day? The Everingham Rotating House can do just that.
Designed by owners Luke and Deb Everingham, this Australian home rotates 360 degrees on a platform powered by two 500-watt motors and 32 outrigger wheels.
Each room on the first floor is wedge-shaped and has 15-foot wide floor to ceiling windows to take advantage of the ever-changing view.
The home uses geothermal heating and centralized wire and plumbing so that it can turn effortlessly.
Free Spirit Spheres
For people whose idea of the perfect home is as close to nature as possible, free-hanging Free Spirit Spheres offer the coziest of accommodations. These wooden pods hang like oversize acorns from old-growth trees.
They are suspended securely by stretchy cables that keep the pods steady while allowing for some movement with the wind. There are no interior walls inside , and everything is contained inside one compact sphere.
Built along the same principles as cedar bark canoes, the pods can withstand the elements and are built to last. Since they don’t touch the ground, the environmental impact on the earth is minimal.
Winchester Mystery House
Finally, for those who can never have too much of a good thing, the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose, California boasts more rooms than anyone could ever use. With at least 160 rooms, this mansion was built by Sarah Winchester over 100 years ago.
Construction continued for nearly 38 years, day and night, with rooms being boarded up or torn down as quickly as others were being built. The home has staircases that go nowhere, 47 fireplaces and a Grand Ballroom built almost entirely without nails.
It is said that Mrs. Winchester built the mansion to appease spirits that haunted her.
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