Friday, July 6, 2012

Three Remarkably Strange Homes around the World

A home is generally a square, with square rooms and long rectangular passages that offer entrance to many other square bedrooms, bathrooms and living rooms. Some strange homes around the world have turned the generic home design on its head and taken the route of incorporating a plethora of shapes that rarely follow the square shape.

Leaf House
The Leaf House in Brazil qualifies as an exemplary example of strange homes. The exterior of the home resembles a flower with six petals, when viewing it aerially. Each petal covers different sections of the home. A curved swimming pool, in keeping with the organic design of the home winds its way through the house before culminating as a small fish pond in the backyard.

Square homes are also extremely popular, particularly in London because the vibe and ambience of this thriving city adds to the attraction. However, for those who prefer more organic scenery, there’s the home that can change its view from bedroom to bedroom, at the touch of a few buttons. The Everingham Rotating House has thirty two outrigger wheels and two 500-watt electrical motors that rotate the house on demand. Strange homes are certainly the envy of many. This rotating home can take anywhere from thirty minutes to two hours to move 360 degrees, but nobody is complaining because it’s strangely unique.

Subterra Castle was once a nuclear warhead control station. The owner transferred this defunct missile silo in 1983 into a comfortable living space. Boasting and 11,000-square-foot garage and a 1,700-foot-long airstrip for the owner’s DIY light aircraft toys, this strange home is every boy’s perfect toy.

Klein Bottle House
Voted the world’s best home at the 2009 World Architecture Festival, the Klein Bottle House (pictured above) is one of the strange homes that boggles the mind. When looking at the home it gives off a mathematical vibe of confusing proportions, but when explained it makes perfect sense, to maths geniuses. The strange concept involved folding a cylindrical shape into itself to form a spiral. Think about that. The idea is to bring the interior out and take the exterior in. Basically, the courtyard is at the centre of the home.

Otherwise, if you don’t want to buy strange homes such as an old nuclear control station, or a sliding house, then look no further than luxury property in Tuscany. You may not get 11,000-square-feet of garage space but you’ll have to deal with exotic views, amazing scenery and pure Italian luxury instead.

Sally Roberts enjoys writing on a variety of property-related topics and is a keen interior decorator; she prefers the comfort of a conventional luxury property for rent in Piccadilly to these weird and wacky structures, but you might find them appealing!

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