There was an old lady who lived in a shoe; well more specifically a man who built a house like a shoe. And another who constructed a giant toilet home; and another who lived in a giant bubble overlooking the sea.
Everyone likes to put their individual stamp on their homes, but some people have taken this mantra to an extreme. Quick Move Now looks at some of the more eccentric properties that have been lovingly created to make someone a very handsome home.
The Shoe House, Pennsylvania, USA
This old boot was built in 1948 for advertising purposes, by Colonel Mahlon Haines, a flamboyant shoe shop owner. Not even the dog escaped the shoe-related construction, with a boot-shaped dog house outside, as well as a boot-decorated fence and a shoe mailbox. All the windows are decorated with a stained-glass shoe and the front door frames a stained-glass portrait of Mahlon holding shoes! Let’s just hope that this shoe doesn’t have any nasty odours.
The Toilet House, Suwon, South Korea
This two-storey home was built by the mayor of Suwon, Sim Jae-Duck, who had made it his life’s mission to lift the lid on the need for clean sanitation for people across the world. The 4,520 square foot structure was made of white concrete, steel and glass and set the late mayor back a reported $1.1m, and he just thought he was spending a penny. At its heart of this home, which uses rainwater harvesting technology, is a glass-walled bathroom.
Boeing 727 House, Mississippi, USA
I’m living on a jet plane. That is exactly what one woman did after her home was destroyed in 1994. Jo Ann Ussery bought a Boeing 727 fuselage from a scrap yard for just $2,000. For a reported $24,000 she installed a kitchen, living room and bedroom, before adding the piece de resistance, and just what every captain requires – a Jacuzzi in the cockpit.
The Nautilus House, Mexico
This earthquake-proof sea shell-shaped abode was designed for a couple in Mexico City by architect Javier Senosiain, using ‘ferrocement construction’; or covering a frame of steel-reinforced chicken wire with a two-inch layer of concrete to you and me. The extravagant entrance, which is cut into a colourful wall of stained glass, leads into a home that is carpeted in ‘grass’, with stone paths leading to the different rooms. The bathroom apparently makes you really feel like you are under the sea. Just keep an eye out for the little mermaid Ariel.
The Bubble House, Cannes, France
The Palais Bulles, or Palace of Bubbles, was designed by architect Antti Lovag for Pierre Cardin. Built in the late 1980s, it became as legendary for the grand parties held within its 2.1 acres, as it did for its breath-taking views over the Mediterranean Sea. It contains 28 round rooms, with round beds to boot, and many floors are covered in fluffy carpets.
Although scoring low on the practicality points, nobody could ever accuse the owners of these quirky homes of lacking individuality. If anyone knows of any unusual homes to rival these, we’d love to hear about them…