By Arushi Sakhuja
The pleasure of furnishing your home is multiple. right from choosing the architecture to infusing your home’s interiors with accents that express your personality. What may look strange to some may be beautiful to others, and that’s the beauty of design – there’s nothing right or wrong. From sprawling lawns to Baroque villas, mid-century houses or Mughal palaces; the demand for luxurious and well-designed homes is abundant. While some prefer to stick with concrete-covered brick walls and manicured gardens, others lean towards fresh, modern facades that exude a strong visual impact.
But while the majority take the usual route, there are a few that stand out for their unconventional sense of design. Some break boundaries to create their own definitions, which become a new genre. The design mavericks in the field who are now synonymous with quirky styles have often found their way to the top by breaking the norm. From Salvador Dali’s surreal designs to Albert Hadley’s mastery of marrying glamor and function, impeccable design is born from those who break the rules.
Your home is often an extension of your personality, a space that you can harmoniously decorate according to your personal tastes and preferences. A famous quote from interior designer, Billy Baldwin, states, “Be true to your own tastes, for nothing you really love ever goes out of style,” and we totally agree.
With this philosophy in mind, it is important to appreciate design even in unconventional forms. Break the stereotype of what we typically define as a home, and it’s about to get a whole lot more appealing with these quirky homes. Here is Luxebook’s curated list of unconventional homes that will impress even the most discerning architecture enthusiast.
upside down house
When it comes to unusual design houses, the upside down house in Germany is the one most of us are familiar with. Being outdoors, as the name suggests, everything in this house is upside down, from the facade to the placement of furniture. The house was designed by Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastion Mikuciuk, for a special exhibition in Trassenheide in Germany and is open to the public for viewing. However, when construction on the house began, it was envisioned as a tourist attraction, but the duo just wanted to do something different.
We have all gone through a phase where we have a fictional obsession, for some it might be a movie character for others a bizarre dream, but such an individual, Dick Clark (actor and producer) turned the dream into reality. Fascinated by the idea of the stone-inspired Flintstone home, he created a Flintstones home in Malibu, California. Taking inspiration from pop culture, it’s almost a replica of the home owned by the Flintstones family from the famous 60s cartoon. A sprawling property just minutes from the beach, it covers 22.89 acres of land and offers an incredible panorama of the Pacific Ocean, the Channel Islands, the Boney Mountains, the Serrano Valley and Los Angeles. The exceptional dwelling contains one bedroom, two bathrooms, a fully functional caveman kitchen and neolithic decor throughout. In 2014, the house was put up for sale for a whopping $3.5 million. All we can say is that if we wanted to live in an imaginary world, this would surely be our dream house.
earth house domain
Is your dream home durable but steeped in visionary architecture? The magical Earth House Estate Lättenstrasse on the outskirts of Zurich designed by Peter Vetsch is out of this world. Vetsch is known for its sustainable homes and the architectural idea is to build homes to allow residents to live in the ground, rather than just on it. Located in the town of Dietikon, this complex has nine cozy mud houses grouped around an artificial lake. Although they look tiny from the outside, the houses are much more spacious inside.
Clean lines, geometric patterns and modern technology, and this home in Saitama, Japan is no different. Known for its iconic glass houses, Japan has simple yet smartly designed homes and interiors. Created by Japanese architect Yuusuke Karasawa, this house replicates a zigzag pattern through the staircase design while exuding a modern appeal. Championing a monotonous color palette but mostly overshadowed by white tones, it is contemporary in all its forms. The smart construction lets in lots of natural light and can be described as a complex layered network space.
Aptly named Dune House, nestled in Atlantic Beach, Florida, USA, this home was designed and built by architect William Morgan in 1975 on a sand dune. Years later the house has been transformed into a modern living space although still unique in its design. A duplex, this home was originally built as a vacation rental. The architect felt a need for privacy and therefore built the house underground in an existing sand dune. Due to the mass of sand surrounding the house, the interior is kept at a pleasant temperature all year round, but it can get hot in the summer. However, the real beauty of this architectural masterpiece is the lack of use of lines.
If you want to experience life under the sea, this house is the place to be. This fantastic shell-shaped house brings aquatic design to architecture.
A masterpiece by architect Javier Senosiain, this unique shell-shaped house is located in Naucalpan, Mexico. Inspired by the beauty of nature, the buildings were constructed to bring us back to creating harmony with nature, and Javier even introduced elements of aquatic life into this design. The Nautilus House is earthquake-proof and maintenance-free. Using a technique called ferrocement construction, a reinforced steel wire frame is covered in concrete, allowing for rounded, natural curves and organically shaped pieces. Hundreds of small, rainbow-colored stained glass windows line the ceiling spaces and bring the stunning design to life.
Are you someone inspired by Art Deco? We mean linear and geometric patterns. If you just said yes, this innovative house in Rotterdam Netherlands will have your heart. Kubuswoningen is a set of innovative houses designed by architect Piet Blom in 1984 which reproduce the shadow of a cube. The USP of this design is the creation of 38 small cubes and two so-called “super-cubes”, all attached to each other. This iconic building has now been transformed into a hostel, where guests can stay in a tilted cubic room.
France is synonymous with art and aesthetics, so it’s no surprise that the iconic Bubble House is an artistic masterpiece. Designed by Hungarian architect Antti Lovag in the 1970s, the Palais Bulles (Bubble Palace) is a complex of interconnecting terracotta-colored domes on the French Riviera that combines architecture and nature. Lovag’s interest in spherical architecture stemmed from his belief that straight lines were an assault on nature and that curves were better suited to human mobility.
The iconic dwelling was built between 1979 and 1984 by French industrialist Pierre Bernard and was purchased in 1992 by fashion designer Pierre Cardin. Spread over 2.1 acres, it has six levels and includes gardens and three swimming pools. What else? Uniquely designed, the interiors include ten-bedroom suites decorated by contemporary artists, gardens, water basins, a swimming pool and a 500-seat outdoor auditorium that overlooks the sea while facing the magnificent bay of Cannes. .
The house of leaves
Nature seems to be a popular source of inspiration when it comes to architecture. The Leaf House at Angra Dos Reis in Brazil by the architectural firm Mareines & Patalano is an architectural masterpiece. The roof of the house looks like a giant flower with six petals, and each petal covers a different section of the house. A curved pool runs through the house before culminating in a small pond filled with fish and vegetation in the backyard. Without lanes, the swimming pool is sinuous in shape and extends into the house. Passing the dining room, it turns into a pond containing fish and aquatic plants. The real beauty of such a home is how nature and art have been fused together to create a home for humanity.
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