Who lives in a house like this?
The Crooked House, Sopot, Poland – Polish architect Szotynscy Zaleski was inspired by the fairytale illustrations of Jan Marcin Szancer and the drawings of the Swedish artist and Sopot resident Per Dahlberg.
The Piano House, An Hui Province, China – The escalator to the building is inside the violin. Genius!
The Torres Galatea, Figueras, Spain – Otherwise known as the Salvador Dali Theatre Museum. The museum’s tower, Torre Galatea, was named for the surrealist artist’s deceased wife, and Dali himself lived there until his death in 1989. It sits next to the parish church where Dali was baptized in 1904. He is buried in an unmarked crypt in the museum’s main exhibition hall.
The Kettle House, Galveston, Texas, USA – Hard to find information about this structure but the story goes that it was built in the 1950′s and that it is the top of a silo turned upside down and roofed. It was allegedly built by a guy who used to build oil storage tanks. According to locals, nobody lives in the Kettle House but a man comes to do maintenance on the property every so often and then disappears for long periods of time.
House Attack, Vienna, Austria – Erwim Wurm’s work is a sculpture installed on the Museum of Modern Art’s (MUMOK) external façade. It’s a single family house as a symbol of the everyday. The installation was accompanied by Erwin Wurm’s exhibition “Keep a Cool Head”.
Mammy’s Cupboard, Natchez, Mississippi, USA – A restaurant located in a black woman’s skirts in southern USA. Who knew? Political incorrectness aside, it IS an eye-catching building.
Korowai Treehouse, Papua New Guinea – I first saw these guys on the BBC’s excellent series Human Planet. The word ultimate gets overused quite a lot but I think this is the one time I can use it with impunity. This has to be the ultimate in treehouse building and surviving without the luxuries we take for granted in the West.
Nautilus House, Mexico City, Mexico – Designed by architect Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Organica, it’s a blend of modern architecture and contemporary art. The trick would be to make like a snail and carry your house with you wherever you go.
Casa Milà or La Pedrera, Barcelona, Spain – First night in Barcelona, I was dragging my little wheelie bag from the underground to the pension when I came across this Gaudi building.
The Mushroom House, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA – This one simply because it makes me laugh.