When it comes to remodeling your home, it’s a chance to actualize your dream. But for the following homeowners, what lay in their minds was quite a bit different than the average remodeler. Frank Lloyd Wright has nothing on them.
Everingham Rotating House
In Taree, Australia, there’s an octagonal house that rotates a full 360 degrees, and all with the touch of a couple of buttons. It sits on a rotating drive of 32 outrigger wheels, and takes between 30 and 120 minutes to make a full rotation. Oh, and the house’s heating and plumbing is centralized so it doesn’t interfere with rotations, and the temperature is kept at a comfortable 71.6F thanks to geothermal heating.
In Cosswiller, France, not too far from Strasbourg, is a three-dimensional, sundial-like house that works on solar power every day of the year. It’s set on a fixed angle in relationship to the sun, which allows the maximum amount of sun during the cold months for optimal interior warming, and utilizing shade during the hot months.
The Upside-Down House
People have reacted to Communism in many different ways, but Szymbark, Poland resident Daniel Czapiewski expressed himself artistically. Although the house took 144 days to build, it’s not surprising to learn that it took so long because the walls and angles kept the workers semi-permanently disoriented.
It turns out the nursery rhyme about the old woman who lived in a shoe wasn’t so far off the mark, with the only difference being the main character is a man in real life. In Mpumalanga, South Africa, an artist by the name of Ron Van Zyl took it upon himself to make his childhood wish come true.
Cantilevered barns are nothing new—they can be found in the Appalachian Region—but one house in Krasnosilka, Ukraine has many people wondering if it’s a fake (it’s not.) It’s part of a potato sorting station, but its dramatic structure really does make it looking like it’s floating in the air.
If you’re in Suffolk, England, be sure to check out this house that has a fully-retractable, 20-ton outer shell. The inner shell is mostly glass, but the coolest part comes from learning that the outer shell is powered by just four 12-volt batteries.
Eliphante & Hippodome
Fans of Lord of the Rings, the Shire is real, and it’s located in Cornville, Arizona. Sitting on three acres of land and using construction site scraps, the two houses on the same property evolved with the homeowners’ personalities.
France has always been known for their artistic pride, with this house in Tourettes-sur-Loup also making it onto this list. There are no straight lines, edges or angles, just curves and roundedness everywhere. And even though it’s fairly young (35 years) by house standards, the French ministry of culture still felt it qualified to be called a historic monument.
Remodeling is a chance to express your personality through your home, with some homeowners taking their projects several notches further.