8 Quirky Houses Around the World

Posted on June 3, 2013 by

With today’s growing suburban culture, it’s extremely common to see cookie-cutter houses and less-than-creative designs and colors. Amidst these uniformity, there are still a handful of exotic and unique dwellings scattered around the world –ranging from cave houses to gnome huts. Their quirkiness adds a little bit of spice to our surroundings, and a touch of creativity to our world. For curious travelers, these houses not only make for interesting places to visit but also memorable holiday homes.

1. The Stone House — Guimarães, Portugal

Not much is known about this Stone House, also Casa de Pedra in Portuguese, that lies quietly in Portugal‘s Fafe Mountains. Built in 1974 as a private getaway for a family, it was built from a rock and concrete mix conjoining two giant boulders. It is said that the inspiration for this house comes from the Flintstones, and American cartoon show.

Stone house

Flickr photo by Jsome1.

2. Nautilus House — Mexico City, Mexico

Built in 2006, the Nautilus house is shaped and structured in the form of a seashell. It was designed by Javier Senosiain for a family of four who wanted something a little more off-beat than the traditional home. Senosiain drew his inspiration for the Nautilus house from Spain’s famous Gaudí, American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and of course, none other than a seashell.

21. Nautilus House

Flickr photo by ButterflyMahfuz.

3. Shoe House — Mpumalanga, South Africa

Reminiscent of the popular nursery rhyme about the lady who lived in a shoe, Ron Van Zyl built the Shoe House in 1990 for his wife. It is a three story building and now houses a museum to display Van Zyl’s other work, such as wood and rock carvings.

My, what big feet you have!

Flickr photo by hyper7pro.

4. Oast Houses — Kent, United Kingdom

An Oast House can also be called a hop kiln, which is used for drying hops (the female of a hop plant) as a step in the brewing process. Oast houses are considered to fall under the category of vernacular architecture, when an architect is absent in the designing process and when structures are built based on society’s needs. Many of the Oast Houses have been modified to work as homes.


Flickr photo by the_gman.

5. Crazy House — Dalat, Vietnam

The Crazy House has a dual name in Vietnam called Biệt thự Hằng Nga, which was designed by the female Vietnamese architect, Đặng Việt Nga. It is often portrayed as being a magical, “fairytale” like house because its designs incorporate natural elements, such as trees, animals, and mushrooms. The architect drew her inspiration from Gaudí though many visitors catch similarities with artists such as Disney and Dalí.


Flickr photo by Du Tran.

6. Hundertwasser House — Vienna, Austria

Artist-turned-architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed the Hundertwasser House with the help of Joseph Krawina and Peter Pelikan. It was built between 1983 and 1985, the Hundertwasser House consists of both one and two story apartments, where many of these apartments have balconies. This house works with nature: trees grow inside the rooms and the limbs of trees climb outside windows.

Hundertwasser House

Flickr photo by Sarah_Ackerman.

7. Kvivik Igloo — Faroe Islands

On the Faroe Islands, a territory belonging to Denmark, not only one (as pictured), but two igloos sit nestled near the valley and the sea. The igloos are about 300 square feet equipped with a kitchen, loft, living room, and a double bed–the best part is, each igloo can be rented for at least two nights.

22. Kvivik Igloo

Flickr photo by ButterflyMahfuz.

8. Upside-Down House —Szymbark, Poland

This house will turn your world upside-down–literally. It’s located in Szymbark, a small northern town in Poland and was completed in 2007 after being designed by a businessman and a philanthropist. The idea of the house was inspired by Poland’s communist period and its end–also a period of an unpredictable future.

Dom postawiony na głowie

Flickr photo by magro_kr.

*Compiled in partnership with Freedom Holiday Homes.



About Elica Sue

Elica is WildJunket's web editor. She grew up with an exposure to a menagerie of culture, language, and art. She is a student who is enamored with learning and pursuing what she is most passionate about: writing, photography, and traveling. She blogs at Travelengua.

72 Responses to “8 Quirky Houses Around the World”

  1. littleton landscape June 7, 2013 12:09 am

    The last looks awesome. I wonder how long does this house build. My friends would be crazy if they see this.

    • Nellie Huang January 10, 2014 5:45 am

      Yes I bet they'll go topsy turvy! ;)

  2. Kristy June 9, 2013 8:27 pm

    I really like the number 2 house which is Nautilus House. It’s very artistic and looks like a shell.

    • Nellie Huang January 10, 2014 5:45 am

      That is my favorite too, such a piece of art!

  3. ausglobetrotter June 10, 2013 3:34 am

    Great shots! I love the one in Mexico, so cool!

  4. Lois Pike June 21, 2013 5:04 am

    I saw these houses long time ago and I just thought the don't exist! Fantastic design.

  5. Marian Smith June 23, 2013 11:37 pm

    Amazing photos.. How much more if you could see it in person.. That would be awesome… Upside-Down House was mind-boggling… Thanks for the share…

  6. Morgan June 27, 2013 9:34 pm

    So cool! That Vietnamese house definitely threw me for a loop. Now that's quirky!

  7. Vinniw June 30, 2013 6:10 am

    This is an awesome list, especially that tree house in Austria, inverted house and igloo in particular intrigued me.

  8. timothyhorgan June 30, 2013 9:05 pm

    The south of France is awesome for this type of stuff. Deparments like the Perigord are full of troglodytique ruins and the like

    • Nellie Huang January 10, 2014 5:46 am

      Thanks for sharing! We are based in Spain when we're not traveling, might just pop over to southern France someday!

  9. puja shree July 1, 2013 5:01 am

    wow, its great post, thanks for sharing different types of house, heads off, i like this post , amazing creativity , incredible…

  10. Dimitri Visser July 1, 2013 5:14 am

    Really wonderfull! Seeing this makes the wish to start travelling even bigger ;)

  11. Karen July 1, 2013 7:18 pm

    Oh my goodness, the first one, the stone house, is absolutely magical looking. It is beautiful! So is the igloo a little farther down… I think I may have some trouble convincing my husband to live in an igloo though.

  12. Michael July 2, 2013 3:42 am

    Really so nice! Could only dream to live in a house like that ;)

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  14. yeison July 19, 2013 12:36 am

    Great pictures … I want a house like that hehehe

  15. Punta Mita Rentals July 23, 2013 4:58 am

    The Upside-Down House in Szymbark, Poland is TOTALLY BREATH-TAKING.. WOW~!!!

  16. imprezy dla dzieci July 26, 2013 6:23 am

    Wow I amazed because I arleady saw two places from this list. Now it is time see the rest XD

  17. Christoffer Moen July 28, 2013 12:17 am

    What a fun post! That house name in is quite appropriate — "Crazy House"!

  18. Jonas August 1, 2013 5:44 am

    Amazing!!!!! Great photo from Portugal!!!

  19. Arianwen August 12, 2013 4:11 am

    I love this post! The rock house is crazy! I don't think I could spend much time in the upside down house. It would mess with my mind and make me dizzy!

  20. The Local Traveler August 12, 2013 7:32 pm

    These homes are amazing! A far cry from the many subdivisions that keep popping up all over the world. I love them all but my favourite is the crazy house that looks like a fairy tale and the seashell!

  21. jeff August 14, 2013 9:16 am

    Awesome! the last one was crazy, building an up side down house and also crazy house. Great pictures.

  22. Noel August 29, 2013 9:54 pm

    These magnificent creations are such exotic works of arts. The people who built these houses are really creative. I wonder how they live in these dwellings.

  23. Katy Nikolaou September 6, 2013 10:58 am

    Woah! This list is amazing. Quirky takes a whole new meaning with these houses. It is very interesting!

  24. Ramesh@Hourly Rooms September 19, 2013 2:16 pm

    Woah ! cool houses ! I am curious hod did they made the up side down house ?

  25. len October 2, 2013 1:11 am

    All I can say is wow! I hope I can visit these houses in the future. :)

  26. Ayala Land October 3, 2013 4:01 am

    I love that Shoe House. I'm imagining myself living and there. I want to experience it! :)


  27. designlit October 9, 2013 10:29 pm

    the quirkiest is definitely no.8, the upside down side, though the stained glass of the Nautilus is curious-looking if you're thinking how the colors look inside.

  28. Travel Origins October 12, 2013 6:50 am

    The houses look so cool! Did you get to see inside of them?

  29. Andy October 16, 2013 5:22 pm

    Great pictures, I think that my favorite is the igloo of the Faroe Islands.

  30. eyeandpen October 21, 2013 8:15 am

    Love the houses! My favorite is a toss up between number one and number eight!

  31. Casey October 21, 2013 5:56 pm

    So creative! We were just in Dalat, but we never made it to the Crazy House. Now I wish we would have!

  32. Nightlife in aruba October 28, 2013 1:57 am

    "Upside-Down House —Szymbark, Poland" – should be one of my favorites. I hope that I can visit this house personally.

  33. Spencer October 29, 2013 6:32 pm

    How cool! Wouldn't it be great if a little old lady lived in that shoe!

  34. Australian Visas October 31, 2013 3:12 am

    The houses are cool! Strange but also one of a kind. The one that really captures me is the Upside Down House.

  35. johngissel November 5, 2013 10:02 am

    looking nice. those homes are really strange . nice job to post these photo. actually people have many different idea and wish and we can feel it by those home..

  36. Faruque A Jewel November 6, 2013 11:23 pm

    I'm amazed by "Kvivik Igloo — Faroe Islands". Would love to visit once.

  37. Markus November 9, 2013 1:21 pm

    Some of these houses look great. I see I have to travel more to see them live :-)

  38. Shereen November 11, 2013 8:39 am

    These architects are brilliant. I would love to see the last one, the upside down house. It's great to see how creative a living space could be. It would be awesome to see pictures of the inside of these homes

  39. Matt November 11, 2013 2:18 pm

    I had to tweet this out as soon as I seen the first photo. Couldn't help but picture Fred Flinstone screaming "Wilma!".

    It never ceases to amaze me how much there is to see in the world. I'll have to add a few of these to my bucket list.

  40. Jeska November 12, 2013 1:15 pm

    These are incredible! I would love to see them all in person. I bet they would be twice as amazing!

  41. Rashad Pharaon November 16, 2013 2:30 am

    How fun and unique! I definitely want to rent an igloo for the night now.

  42. Jessy wilson November 28, 2013 5:30 am

    awesome art of living and every thing looks natural and fantastic.

  43. Nicole December 10, 2013 5:07 pm

    Why is it that the Kent house look's so plain and boring compared to the other's in the list but the house what i like is the crazy house and the upside down house

  44. Barbara December 16, 2013 8:33 pm

    What a wonderful group of quirky homes! I just love the look of the Hundertwasser House and the fact that trees are growing from the inside of the house out…that is so cool!

  45. Ashley December 17, 2013 1:17 am

    Absolutely fantastic clicks.My favorite out of all these is Crazy House — Dalat, Vietnam.

  46. Shiela December 24, 2013 7:53 am

    loved the shoe house :D craziest one! nice post Elica

  47. Adam December 28, 2013 1:15 am

    I love to be my own house like (Crazy House — Dalat, Vietnam) .Awesome Shots clicked Everyone And thanks for sharing wonderful post.

  48. ethanbrown December 30, 2013 12:56 am

    very very fantastic architect work…These are looking very beautiful and strange i really want to visit in the future and wanna to experience of these cool quirkey houses….

  49. Luke @ Living Gringo January 4, 2014 10:51 am

    I would happily live in that Stone House!

  50. Susan January 6, 2014 12:35 am

    This is an ultimate collection of houses and this architecture is beyond my thinking. I really loved the shoe house and the last one in Poland. Would love to see these magnificent piece of art. Thanks for sharing


  51. Ian January 9, 2014 3:28 am

    What can do when you live in a shoe … appear on WildJunket it seems! :) I may have to go to Dalat just to see the Crazy House now … I'm planned a long awaited return to Vietnam is the near future, so this will figure prominently in my plans!

  52. Costa Rica Online-Map January 12, 2014 10:12 pm

    Costa Rica has a hotel that is a war world plane

  53. Youngisthan January 18, 2014 6:40 am

    I liked all the houses but choose one if I would like to live in it. First one is really rock solid.

  54. crystal ear studs January 20, 2014 11:19 pm

    Really so nice! Could only dream to live in a house like that…Nice post one..

  55. Iulia-CaribbeanTrav January 23, 2014 3:15 am

    I love the Hundertwasser House from Vienna. Can definitely tell it's the wok of an artist.

  56. Jasmine Brown January 23, 2014 9:56 am

    These houses are really a sight to see! But I can't imagine my house being visited by hundreds everyday!

  57. Rod Austin February 3, 2014 10:38 pm

    These houses are surreal! Thanks for featuring them.

    On another note, I noticed that you haven't been to Montana–or at least, I don't see it on your blog. I do hope you get to visit. Seems like Montana and "wild" go well together. =)

  58. Deepak Khanal February 18, 2014 1:58 am

    Thats an unbelievable. Love to visit them all. Thanks for share

  59. Rob | 1 Day Safaris February 19, 2014 4:01 am

    The shoe house and the upside down house are my favorite. These are all perfect work of ingenuity in design. Great pictures too.

  60. Wilson Ng February 24, 2014 10:41 pm

    Hope to visit some of them one day!


  61. Ross February 25, 2014 11:34 am

    Cool post. That stone house is my favorite although living upside would be an experience.

  62. @AdventurerStace March 1, 2014 7:07 am

    Crazy house was so weird when I visited! I liked it, but it was sort of disorientating, I kept going, "have I been to this bit?" and there were Russian's everywhere who didn't understand me when I asked them to move.

    I would love to own the shoe-house though! It reminds me of a money box I had when I was a kid *sentimental fool*

  63. Helen G. Dickerson March 8, 2014 10:23 am

    These are indeed unique houses. I do wonder though if it is comfortable living in there.

  64. Steven Garrett March 11, 2014 6:07 am

    Some of these houses are crazy. I have actually seen the shoe house.

  65. Katie Willis March 14, 2014 6:46 am

    I somehow find the Stone House in Portugal incredibly cute..:)

  66. Paula_M April 2, 2014 2:55 am

    I think the strongest of them all is that Stone House. Hope I can find the inside of this house. :)

  67. Monnette April 7, 2014 3:26 am

    Number 6 is one mean green abode!

  68. Sally April 10, 2014 3:49 am

    I really like this post! The stone home is crazy! I don't think I could invest lots of time in the benefit down home. It would blunder with my thoughts and create me dizzy! Thanks for sharing.

  69. Russell April 20, 2014 12:07 am

    Wow, these are awesome :)

    I'm off to do more research on a couple of them (particularly love the upside down house!), as I'd love to visit them in person.

    Thanks for this. I've never heard of most of them :)