Unusual Homes and Architectural Designs, Creative House Design Ideas

unusual modern houses, architectural designs
River Rock House design in Serbia


These unusual, beautiful and extravagant, comfortable and surprising house design ideas prove that people can live virtually anywhere. These beautiful, amazing and unique architectural designs are a testament to human creativity.

From a home with an airplane on top or crocodile house to an innovative eco friendly house design that heats its home interiors, these are 18 of the most interesting, unusual and impressive modern houses on the planet.

Seventy Dome houses in Indonesia were built for villagers who lost their homes to an earthquake in Yogyakarta. The monolithic domes can withstand earthquakes and winds up to 190 mph.

Unusual modern houses and hand-built shelters

Dome house designs, seismic architectural designs

These homes in Rockland Ranch, Utah are built inside the blasted caverns of the cliff. There are approximately 100 people living in this tiny town, which was originally founded 35 years ago as a safe-haven for fundamentalist Mormons.

Mormons homes in Utah, unusual modern houses

Domestic transformer house design is envisioned by architect Gary ChangĀ  who has made his 105-square-foot apartment in Hong Kong into an innovative transformer. The walls move and storage spaces unfold to create 24 personalized rooms.

Unusual architectural designs, modern house with moving walls

This bio-climatic solar house is in Eastern France. The house is created as a three-dimensional sundial that keeps the temperature cool during summer months, and warms the home interiors in the winter, fall, and spring.

Solar house design, unusual eco homes

This amazing, sun-dried brick home is located in Mexico. Venito Hernandez stands outside his sun-dried brick home built in Mexico’s Northern state of Coahuila. 131 feet in diameter with a huge boulder used as the roof, this unusual house design looks like a cave.

Brick house design with a boulder roof in Mexico

A triplex penthouse atop Brooklyn’s iconic Clock Tower offers stunning views of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. It also has a private elevator, 7,000-square-feet of space, and currently on sale for $18 million.

Modern penthouse design in Clock Tower, New York

A vertical house, built on a climbing wall, is designed by Brazilian artists Tiago Primo (top) and his brother Gabriel. This unusual and extravagant house is in Rio de Janeiro. They had shelves, counters, a hammock and a bed, but used the bathroom inside the art gallery next door.

Climbing Wall house Brazil

Turning House design is created by seventy-three-year-old builder Bohumil Lhota. He created a turning house in a small village north of Prague, Czech Republic. He started building it in 1981, and finished in 2002. His home rotates, and he can have the best view at all times. This unusual house design can move its structure up and down.

Rotating house design that can also move up and down

The world’s skinniest home, averaging five-feet wide, the Keret Home was built by Edgar Keret in Warsaw between two existing buildings. This unusual and impressive modern house design project is a memorial to his parents family who died in the Holocaust.

Amazing house design between two existing buildings

Shipping container houses are one of modern trends in inexpensive architectural designs. This three-bedroom home was built from four shipping containers in Sydney. It was priced at $130,000, and has two bathrooms, timber floors, a kitchen, laundry room, and can be pulled apart and transported if need be.

Shipping container house design

Crocodile House is a unique, extravagant and amusing home built in the Ivory Coast’s capital Abidjan. This unusual house design was created to look like a crocodile. It was designed and built by an artist, and now his apprentice lives in the home after his death.

Crocodile House

Treehouses are adventurous alternatives to traditional homes. These treehouses on the Nine Ladies site in Stanton Lees, Derbyshire in Northern England were inhabited by protestors for over four years who were trying to prevent the land from being quarried for gritstone. They were ultimately successful.

Unusual homes, tents and treehouses of British protestors

Airplane House is built in Nigeria. This unusual house design was partially created in the shape of an airplane. It is located in the city of Abuja, and was built by a couple to display their love for traveling. There is a kitchen and a computer room in the plane part of the house.

Airplane house design, unusual modern houses

This amazing house design is surprisingly well balanced, The house sits on a rock in river Drina, Serbia. A group of young men decided that the rock was the ideal place to build a shelter in 1968 and built this unusual home. It has withstood severe storms and floods for over 50 years.

River Rock House design in Serbia

Small home built by Chris and Malissa Tack is only 140 sq feet. They gave up their high-tech lives in 2011 and condensed their world into this small house in the town of Snohomish, Washington.

Tiny house design, 140 sq ft

Rotating house design features three bedrooms. The octagonal home was built on a rotating platform in Australia. The house cost $700,000 to construct, and makes a full rotation every 30 minutes.

Slowly rotating house design in Australia

While many people have fun exploring new ideas in building unusual houses, there are lots of poor people and homeless people in the world who need to be creative and built simple shelters to survive. The poverty does not have nationality. It looks ugly and sad in Asia, Africa, Latin America or North America.

Empty container house, cheap and durable modern houses

Amazing converted homes impress with unique architectural designs and modern home interiors

Unique log house design, hand-built home for green living

Liu Lingchao built a makeshift dwelling to house himself as he walked back to his hometown in China. He has been walking for five years with the 132 pound structure of the house on a back, made from plastic bags, bed sheets, and bamboo, and is now less than 20 miles away from his goal.

Hand built shelter

Wine Vat house design is created in a car size. The house is located in central Spain. There are about 40 people living in this makeshift camp who came to pick grapes during the six-week annual harvest.

Unusual small homes, Wine Vat house designs

  by Ena Russ   

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