26 Houses That Will Make You Think an Extraterrestrial Lives There
In a galaxy not far away, there are some incredible homes that look like they belong to aliens.
Concrete Dome Home
This property in Minnesota features a concrete dome home that totals 6,400 square feet. It’s spray foam insulated and creates a striking image from afar.
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This California home will stir up some old nursery rhyme thoughts with its shoe-like design. It was designed back in 1976 and features unique interior art and design.
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Glass House, Freetown Christiania, Denmark
Christiania, Denmark is an interesting place to begin with so a glass house isn’t out of character for an area in Denmark that is self-proclaimed autonomous. It’s home to around 1,000 people and began in 1971 when people started squatting in what was a military area.
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Over in Geyserville, California, Lord of the Rings fans will get a kick out of this Hobbit-inspired home. It’s built with adobe bricks from the property and features a living roof. It even has an adobe oven for cooking pizzas.
The name might conjure ideas of space-themed rooms but really it’s just a rebranding of a repurposed container in the Netherlands. For $63 a night on Airbnb, it might be the perfect spot for someone who loves a handy hint for a frugal homeowner.
Outside of Joshua Tree in California, travelers can revel in the visually stunning tile house that will have them inspecting the tiniest of details. The tile house is a mix of Mexican tile, smalti, handmade Perry Hoffman ceramics, tile and fused glass, found objects and stained glass.
The Bird’s Nest
The Bird’s Nest is part of the Treehotel compound in Sweden and well-camouflaged with branches secluding the view. Inside the treehouse is pure luxury with its circular design. Discover another geodesic beauty in a smaller design that will blow your mind.
The geometry of the Healdsburg Treehouse is striking and how it combines in a five-level treehouse will keep your mind working in a meditative setting. The Healdsburg uses reclaimed Douglas fir in its construction.
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The Copper Nest connects to an existing deck at a home outside of Milwaukee and includes reclaimed wood in half of its construction. It also uses steel awnings that were given a rust patina that blends into the background of the wooded area.
Most of the time we’re trying to get rid of rust in cool ways like with electrolysis, but this look catches the eye.
Talk about getting creative when it comes to working with recycled material. Jonathan Juhasz took an old grain silo he found on Craigslist to begin building this treehouse. He added in a repurposed galvanized steel water trough for the doorway and included fiberglass bench seating that he repurposed from a bowling alley. One of the cooler features is a slide, a perfect escape hatch for an emergency landing.
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Architect Piet Blom designed a series of cube houses in the Netherlands set at an angle to optimize the space inside. These are located in Rotterdam and there are others in Helmond. The houses are around 1,000-square-feet and are meant to resemble an abstract forest. The homes are three stories tall and have an open kitchen and living room on the first floor, a bathroom and two bedrooms on the second floor and some have rooftop gardens. Get your garden going with these amazing tips.
Futuro House, Frisco, North Carolina
The Futuro House, designed by Matti Suuronen, a Finnish architect, back in late 1960s and early 1970s. Fewer than 100 are thought to have been built and there are 80 remaining units. Seventeen Futuros have been demolished but those that remain span the globe. They were made with fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic and designed as a ski chalet. It stood 14 feet tall and had a diameter of 26 feet. Eight people could fit inside. The Futuro house was thought to be able to get people into remote locations, kind of like these 50 extremely remote castles.
Assumption of the Saint Mother of God
This church in the ski resort town Pamporovo in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria look futuristic because of its curved design. But it is just a church near a hotel in a beautiful location. This place doesn’t look abandoned but sometimes churches fall by the wayside, here are some places we’d love to see refurbished.
The Crooked House on the Heroes of Monte Cassino Street in Sopot, Poland
The Crooked House is an irregularly-shaped building filled with shops, bars and restaurants. It’s a little whimsical but it’s also a building with expression following the lifting of the Iron Curtain over Poland. It was built in 2004 by Szotyńscy & Zaleski, who were inspired by fairytale illustrations. Check out this incredible whimsical furniture that would look great in a store here.
Futuro #001 Espoo, Finland
The Futuros, as seen in this photo, have airplane doors that fold down. This is the first Futuro manufactured after the prototype and is on display in Espoo, Finland at the WeeGee Exhibition Center as part of the 50th birthday of the Futuro.
Wanli, Taiwan Futuristic Village
In the Wanli District of New Taipei City in Taiwan there are a crop of Futuro pods but that’s not the only futuristic look in the city. The Futuro was designed to be light enough to be dropped into nearly any spot.
Sanzhi UFO Houses
The Sanzhi UFO houses, also known as the Sanzhi pod houses or Sanzhi Pod City, located northwest of Wanli District , were a set of abandoned and never completed pod-shaped buildings in Sanzhi District, New Taipei City, Taiwan. Suuronen also created the Venturo, which these structures bear a close resemblance. His design served as inspiration for a plastics manufacturer in Taiwan. The site was owned by Hung Kuo Group and construction started in 1978 but the project stalled in 1980. The houses were demolished in 2010 to make way for a seaside resort and water park.
Crazy House, Delat, Vietnam
Đặng Việt Nga designed and constructed the Hằng Nga guesthouse in Vietnam, which has attracted attention since its opening in 1990. From the outside it looks like a giant tree but it gets pretty surreal after that. It gets described as a fairy tale house and it uses few right angles. It boasts 10 themed guest rooms like a kangaroo room and an eagle room.
Le Havre, Normandy, France
The Futuro used a four-legged base that claimed it was adaptable to any terrain — from flat ground to a 20 degree incline — in marketing material. Futuros are known to drop into different towns. This one appeared in France in early July.
The Dancing House
The Dancing House (nicknamed “Fred and Ginger” because it resembles two people dancing like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), designed by architects Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry in Prague, rose up from a spot that got bombed in 1945 by the U.S. Vaclav Havel, a dissident when the former Soviet Union controlled Czechoslovakia and the first president of Czechoslovakia following the Velvet Revolution that led to the country’s independence, lived next to the site growing up. Havel supported the project when Milunić first talked about it. The building contrasts the pristine Gothic, Neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings throughout the city. It’s also a response to the Eastern Bloc buildings that sprouted up during communism. It signals a shift from rigidity.
Gehry came on board for the project and ING, which owned the adjoining building, funded the project. The project started in 1994 and completed in 1996. It’s said to be deconstructivist architecture, which moves away from symmetrical design. Check out the most popular architectural styles in the U.S.
The Gnome Home, Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
The gnome village with the mushroom houses in the fairytale forest in the theme park Efteling in the Netherlands. The Fairytale Forest opened in 1952 with 10 fairytales in it and it has expanded through the years.