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10 Of the Most Unusual Homes in the World

Moving into and setting up your new home is definitely one of the most exciting things – especially for those who never find enough outlets for their ideas and designs. Throughout history, people have gone from caves to huts to castles to blocks of flats – and nowadays, seems like you can find an example of just anything. Some people are forced to get creative because of some physical restrictions – like small or unusual space – while others do so just because.

If you feel like you could use some inspiration to design your future home – or just like checking out the weird ideas some people have – this post is just for you! Would you choose to live in a former church, or a renovated water tower? Or how about a completely transparent house, or one that is a spitting image of the Flintstones’ cave? Check out our selection of world’s weirdest houses and share your thoughts in the comments!

1. Transparent House, Japan

Inspired by our ancient predecessors, who inhabited trees, this completely transparent “House NA” in Japan offers you a lot of day light, but not much privacy. (read more)

Designed by: Sou Fujimoto Architects

2. Skateboard House, USA

The Skateboard House allows you to skate on all the surfaces, both in and outdoors, and was planned to be built in Malibu. (read more)

Designed by: Pierre Andre Senizergues

3. World’s Slimmest House, Poland

The Keret House, inserted between two existing buildings, measures only from 92 to 152 centimeters in width! (read more)

Designed by: Jakub Szczęsny

4. Old Water Tower Turned Into Modern Home, Belgium

A 100-feet high water tower in Belgium used to serve as a Nazi hideout during the war, but was later transformed into a living space. (read more)

Designed by: Bham Design Studio

5. Dick Clark’s Flintstones Inspired Home, USA

This single storey house in Malibu was inspired by the Flintstones family from the classic 60’s cartoon. Television legend Dick Clark have listed it for $3.5 million. (read more)

6. World’s Smallest 1sq Meter House, Germany

This portable DIY wooden structure measures only 1 square meter and is the world’s smallest house, moving around Germany. (read more)

Designed by: Van Bo Le-Mentzel

7. Slide House, Japan

This three-story Slide house in Japan has a regular staircase on one side of the house, and a slide on the other, which allows you to slide all the down to the first floor. (read more)

Designed by: LEVEL Architects

8. Stone House,Portugal

Although it looks like a massive rock, this house in Portugal actually has a door, a chimney and a window, and has become a huge tourist attraction.

Image credits: Jsome1 | Patrícia Sofia Ferreira Photography

9. Church Converted Into Modern Family Home, Holland

Zecc Architecten repurposed and converted two abandoned churches located in Utrecht, Netherlands into stylish family residences. (read more)

Designed by: Zecc Architecten

10. Giant Seashell House, Mexico

Inspired by the work of Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright, a young family with two kids in Mexico City had a seashell-shaped house built for them. (read more)

Designed by: Arquitectura Organica

Which one would you choose to live in?

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  • Darcy Noni via Facebook

    I pick the glass house.. With shades

  • Darcy Noni via Facebook

    Wait, it has no walls? Then the slide house

  • Louise Jones via Facebook

    I love the flintstones one ! x

  • Corinne Hanskamp via Facebook

    I want the remodelled church so badly. I <3 it!

  • Katalin Baksa via Facebook

    definitely the giant seashell! :) how cosy! ;)

  • Rosalie Wurm via Facebook

    I freakin’ love the seashell inspired house”

  • Viktoria Decko Hornanova via Facebook

    Stone house, Portugal

  • Markus Blechschmidt via Facebook

    I coose you, water tower!

  • Richard Michael Johnson via Facebook

    My two choices are the Water Tower House, then the Church house… Very slim margin between the two.

  • Julie Walls via Facebook

    very interesting designs. I kinda liked the seashell.

  • Kris Windom via Facebook

    Water tower, church, flintstone, stone (maybe). There’s no pics of the inside of the stone house.

  • Jennifer Dakota Allan via Facebook

    The water tower!

  • Paul Tomlin via Facebook

    Flintstone’s house for me please

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  • Vincent Ellin via Facebook

    The converted church is the place to be in the Netherlands!!!!

  • Claudia Starbuck via Facebook

    seashell or slide!

  • Amy Bonaiuto Lewis via Facebook

    The slide house.

  • Lajtner Zsolt via Facebook

    The church is great, the transparent is sick ;)

  • Lajtner Zsolt via Facebook

    there is a same water tower house in my district in Budapest.

  • Sylvie Saudan Borer via Facebook

    The Church

  • Magda Chuchla via Facebook

    flinstones house looks great !! :)

  • Judy Smithcronk via Facebook

    Water tower or church house

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  • Shelly Thornton-Collins

    Love the Dutch home, the Polish homeowner has interesting taste in bedding…polka dots…luvs it

  • Master Ethan

    Amazing! Love ‘em all

  • Allison

    I like the seashell and the flintstones! But i think the water tower is creative. I want one!!! ;)

  • Viorel Nedelcu

    @Yiorgos Philippou: and some people don’t even think about some things other people build :)

  • abbie woodford

    omg amazing xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • abbie woodford

    hahaha funny

  • Thomas H Wood

    The 1m(2) house would be amazing to take to Glastonbury, will save getting flooded.