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The other day I watched a TV newscast about an upside down house built to engender awareness about our fragile environment. The builder wants to get the message across that our whole world will be turned upside down if we don’t act to protect the environment. The house in Malaysia is the only inverted home in the country. The owner also operates a tourist lodge and is chalking up success in luring tourists to this odd structure.
I thought, wow, what a unique idea. Perhaps not so much. Looking at the net I began to find examples from all over the world of creative takes on buildings. Some were constructed as statements, others simply as an exercise for an exhibition. Some are built as revenue garnering tourist attractions.
There is a house built in a small village in Poland as a statement about the upside down nature of the state of the world. The Web Urbanist has photos of some truly amazing and elaborate structures.
Perhaps my favourite as I peruse the photos is an art installation in Austria that depicts a house crashing into the roof of museum of modern art in Vienna. It’s called Aufau House Attack. I don’t understand it, but it sure is striking.
After viewing upside down buildings I managed to fritter away my morning looking at even more bizarre structures. For most of us the idea of living in a flying saucer or teapot house is mad, but some have made comfortable homes out of old airplanes and single giant logs. Zoning and building regulations in many places would preclude odd structures, but one home that may escape, literally, from those restrictions is the Walking House a mini, self-contained structure that can walk away from noisy neighbours.
While many of these fantastic buildings are statements in themselves, others offer good ideas about recycling and repurposing structures into dwelling units.