10. House on a Rock – Bajina Basta, Serbia
9. Haines Shoe House – Hellam, PA, USA
We all know how the old nursery rhyme starts, “There was an old woman who lived in a shoe. She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do.” The story doesn’t really say exactly how many kids the old woman had, but the Haines Shoe House in Hellam, Pennsylvania would probably be the size that she would need to raise a small family (if she were to live inside of it).
This giant shoe was created in 1948 by the man who was known as “the Shoe Wizard.” Colonel Mahlon Nathaniel Haines had this 25-foot tall shoe designed for advertising his forty shoe stores that he had in different states; this one just happened to be in Hellam, Pennsylvania. The Colonel made the shoe so people could stay in different rooms at one time; it was basically a hotel for the elderly for a while.
8. Fallingwater – Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Pennsylvania is known for its beautiful mountains and countryside throughout the state, this particular home was built upon a waterfall. This may not be as strange as some of the other houses on the list as far as appearances are concerned, but it is unique in its own way. It is literally built on top of a waterfall. It is simply breathtaking.
The most famous architect in America, Frank Lloyd Wright, created the home for the Kaufmann family in 1936, who were his clients at the time. It is considered a national landmark, and is just as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside. The house is decorated with modern-style furniture, and has stones aligned around the outside of the building, giving it the perfect look that one would expect out of a waterfall house.
7. Strawberry House – Tokyo, Japan
Japan is the one place in the world that most people think of when they think of giant strawberries, right? Supposedly that’s what the Sanrio company was thinking of when they created this building to resemble a strawberry, right down to the tiny round windows that resemble the seeds. It was built in 1984 and is supposed to be a kid’s shopping mall, it even includes an area for them to play or to hold their birthday party. This building most likely started out as a house, as most of the buildings in the area are residential, there also aren’t any other shopping areas in the vicinity of the colossal berry.
6. The Kettle House – Galveston, TX, USA
5. Gold Pyramid House – Wadsworth, IL, USA
Nobody really knows the exact reason why the pyramids in Egypt were built, some say that they were designed as an energy source for the ancient times. Jim and Linda Onan were probably a few of these people who had the same way of thinking, so they designed their own golden pyramid in Wadsworth, Illinois. In 1977, the couple built a 17,000 square foot home that is a giant pyramid that has a garage that is also shaped like a pyramid, it even has a moat around it. They give out tours of their house on occasion as well.
4. The Upside – Down House – Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
Niagara Falls is known for its beautiful waterfalls that cascade down from hundreds of feet in the air. Perhaps now it should also be known as the place that has the upside-down house located near the bottom of the falls in Ontario, Canada. The house was built topsy-turvy on purpose and has daily tours for those who want to know what it is like to live inside a place that is not quite as it seems. It’s also across the street from Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Coincidence? No, it really isn’t.
3. Airplane House – Lake Whittington, MS, USA
Did you ever wonder what it was like to live inside an airplane? Apparently, that is what Joann Ussery was thinking when she turned her Boeng 727 into the ultimate treehouse in Lake Whittington, Mississippi. In 1994, the hairdresser had lost her home to a tree that had fallen on top of it during an ice storm. She then decided to buy an airplane from a salvage yard thanks to suggestions from her brother. Shortly thereafter, the large aircraft was turned into a home to replace the one she had previously lost.
2. N55 Walking House – Copenhagen, Denmark
Do you have a small family who gets tired of living in the same place for too long? Would you like the freedom to live off of the land, yet have that land built directly into your house? Or how about a home that does not need to connect to the “outside” world, and has legs that can take you across the country without even leaving the building? The N55 Walking House is designed to do those things, and you can move it when you get bored of living in the same area day after day. It was built in Copenhagen, Denmark, and can hold up to four people.
1. Toilet House – Suwon, South Korea
In previous articles, I have mentioned that the people living on the Asian continent seem to have a strange fascination with poop and that they believe that deities live in toilets. This giant toilet house in Suwon, South Korea aids proof to that point. In 2009, Suwon mayor Sim Jae-Duck had this house built (assumingly) in memoriam to his grandmother, since he was born inside her outhouse, according to sources. The late mayor also had a strange affliction with the commode. This humongous building is now a museum, so anyone can walk right through it.