LONDON – Own home is every person’s dream, but how many like to build weird houses? The Mirror list some of the bizarre architectural creations from around the world which people have been able to call home.
It is the home that really flies high.
Former electrical engineer Bruce Campbell saved a Boeing 727 from the scrapheap in 1999 and spent £130,000 turning it into a home.
The teapot dome
Remember the teapot dome scandal of 1922 which engulfed American President Warren G Harding? Well if you live in Zillah, Washington, it is hard to forget.
This odd building was built as a reminder of when the Secretary of State for the Interior took a bribe from oil companies wanting to drill on Navy owned land.
The toilet house
The late mayor of Suwon, South Korea, Sim Jae-Duck, built his loo-shaped, two-story home to mark the 2007 inaugural meeting of the World Toilet Association.
Jae-Duck, who reportedly was born in a restroom, spent $1.1 million to build the 4,520-square-foot steel, concrete, with a showcase, glass-walled bathroom at it’s centre.
The Shoe House
There was once was a rich old man who lived in a shoe… Footwear magnate Mahlon N Haines built this shoe shaped home in Hellam, Pennsylvania, and boasted three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a living room. It is now a museum.
The Upside-Down House
Poland has been through seismic changes in the past few decades. So architect Daniel Czapiewski thought he would capture it with this distinctive home.
He says the house, in Szymbark, Poland, is a statement about the communist era and the current state of the world. It took 114 days to build, longer than expected as workers suffered dizziness and confusion and needed frequent breaks to recover.
Jim Onan had a hobby and you’ll never guess what it is… He started building his 24-karat-gold-plated, 17,000-square-foot house in Wadsworth, Illinois, 1977 to underline his interest in Egyptology.
He added enormous statues including a 50-foot likeness of King Tut and lined his driveway with 80 stone sphinxes.
The Pickle Barrel House
Built in 1926 by the Pioneer Cooperage Company, it was a summer home for popular cartoonist William Donahey. The company ran adverts with his strip Teenie Weenie and sold their products in a slightly smaller version of the jar than the house in Grand Marais, Michigan.
The mushroom house
Cincinnati is not noted for its architecture. But the late Terry Brown, professor of architecture and interior design at the University of Cincinnati, decided to change that. The one-bedroom in a traditional suburb of the Ohio city was originally a run-of-the-mill bungalow. But he added wood, coloured glass, seashells, as ongoing project in organic design that lasted from 1992 to 2006.