We all dream of having a cool crib we can call home. If you’re looking for creative, edgy or avant garde ideas for your future homes, look no further. Be it a humble abode or a luxurious mansion you have in mind, it can still be the raddest house in town.
Here is a list of some of the coolest houses around the world that we have put together.
If you think you’ve seen all there is to this world, you ain’t seen nothing yet. They say “home is where the heart is”, and trust me when I say that one of these places is bound to capture your heart.
#1. Three Storey Treehouse (British Columbia, Canada)
Why build a one-storey treehouse, when you can have three? Standing at 47 feet high in The Enchanted Forest, this treehouse is probably the highest in Canada. Surrounded by a forest of luscious green canopy and toadstools accompanied by sunlight filtering in from the top, it’s difficult not to feel as if you’ve stepped into a magical wonderland.
#2. Free Spirit Houses (British Columbia, Cananda)
Just as it’s name suggests, free spirit houses exist for those of us with an untamed soul raging inside. Pieces of handcrafted wooden spheres held firm by a web of thick ropes, they resemble nuts or fruits hanging from the trees. To enter one of them, you have climb a spiral staircase or cross the suspension bridge that’s attached. However, as cool as it is, I wouldn’t want to live in one of them. Can you imagine the sphere swaying and rocking as the wind blows, or with every step you take? Scary.
#3. Stone House (Portugal)
Source: Feliciano Guimaraes
Don’t be fooled by it’s appearance – although it simply looks like a humongous rock, this stone house does have doors, windows, a chimney and a shingled roof. A product of two giant stones linked by a concrete mix, it is rumored to be inspired by the American Flintstones cartoon and attracts hordes of tourists each year. I’ve always wanted to live in a house made of natural elements!
#4. Giant Seashell House (Mexico)
Source: Javier Senosiain
What do you think of this amazing seashell house? Named ‘The Nautilus’, this house is made up of smooth surfaces, spiral stairs and natural plantings to simulate the feeling of living inside a snail. It is inspired by the work of Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright, and was built in 2006 for a family who wanted to live in an unconventional house.
#5. Mirror TreeHouse (Sweden)
Source: Peter Lundstrom
This “invisible” little cube isn’t an apartment, but a room that is part of the Swedish Hotel, Treehotel. While it seems impressive, the inception of this mirror cube has created a problem. Nestled within the trees and camouflaged by the reflections of the forest, it is unnoticeable to the birds who unknowingly fly into it.
#6. River House (Serbia)
Source: National Geographic
Do not judge this house by its appearance – it may look vulnerable and dilapidated, but this tiny and humble abode has weathered multiple floods and extreme winds. This home was built in 1969 by a group of young boys who had stumbled across this rock and found it an ideal place for a tiny shelter. Well, this certainly teaches us that tiny houses can be remarkably strong.
#7. Upside-Down House (Syzmbark, Poland)
At first glance, this house seems absolutely ridiculous – serving no other purpose but to make a bold statement. However, there is a profound message that the Polish philanthropist and designer, Daniel Czapiewski was trying to send when he conceptualised this house. This bizarre construction was built as a social commentary on Poland’s former Communist era and the state of the world.
This masterpiece is definitely worth a visit, be it for interest or for historical purpose.