Strange places where people live – another interesting content of pictures and text, which you probably have not seen before. So prepare well to see where all really people are alive and if you are able to visit some of the places 🙂
The house was built by shoe salesman Mahlon Haines in 1948 as a form of advertisement. The house, which is 25 feet (7.6 m) tall and contains five stories, was once rented out to couples, and is now open for public tours. It is located on Shoe House Road, next to a shoe-shaped doghouse.
Haines requested the design by handing a work boot to an architect and saying, “Build me a house like this.” The living room is located in the toe, the kitchen is located in the heel, two bedrooms are located in the ankle, and an ice cream shop is located in the instep.
Hobbiton was located in the center of the Shire in the far eastern part of the Westfarthing. The Hobbiton Movie Set was a significant location used for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and The Hobbit film series. It is situated on a family run farm about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) west of Hinuera and 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southwest of Matamata, in Waikato, New Zealand, and is now a Tolkien tourism destination, offering a guided tour of the set.
A small town in southern Tunisia, Matmata is best known for its underground cave or troglodyte structures, which house some of the local Berber population. Here the inhabitants have dug deep pits into the ground and then tunneled into the side walls to create their homes.
An entrance room leads off into other parts of the home through a system of tunnels. The tunnels can be surprisingly extensive if the home is large. The rooms are designated for sleeping, cooking, eating, or socializing, just like a normal home.
Each tunnel connects back to a courtyard. The courtyard for the underground home is important because it brings in fresh air. It’s also a central location for family members to do chores and connect socially.
The passive solar house Heliodome is a fixed architectural volume. It’s position and shape are determined by the trajectory of the sun in its annual and daily cycle.
The building embraces the sun’s rays from sunrise to sunset, feeding on its energy and redistributing it in the form of living comfort.
In this way, the Heliodome is, by its bioclimatic architecture, before all else a reconciliation of man with nature.
Al Hajjarah – Yemen
Al Hajjarah is a village in Yemen. It is located in the Manakhah District of the Sana’a Governorate, in the Haraz Mountains. It is a former market town, lying along the Sana’a-Al-Hudayda road, and today is used as a base camp by trekkers.
The village seems ancient yet modern at the same time: the taller of the brown, flat-roofed houses so precariously balanced on top of the mountain resemble early skyscrapers. Many are decorated with elaborate white friezes and patterns so typical for the region.
Ponte Vecchio – Italy
Ponte Vecchio is closed-spandrel segmental arch bridge in Florence, Italy. It spans Arno River, it is made of stone and it is placed at the location where Romans built first bridge in Florence before 994 AD when it was mentioned for the first time.
Flood destroyed the bridge for the first time in 1117 and after reconstruction again in 1333 only for it to be rebuilt in today’s shape in 1345. It is not known who is the designer of today’s bridge but it is believed that it is Taddeo Gaddi or Neri di Fioravanti.
A silo is a structure for storing bulk materials. Silos are used in agriculture to store grain or fermented feed known as silage. Silos are more commonly used for bulk storage of grain, coal, cement, carbon black, woodchips, food products and sawdust. Three types of silos are in widespread use today: tower silos, bunker silos, and bag silos.
Round houses have been a successful design option for thousands of years. Wind passes around the building and finds no resistance. Round buildings achieve much higher wind ratings than traditional straight edged buildings. Round houses also have less surface area on the exterior making for a home that is easier to heat and cool.
Cappadocia – Turkey
Cappadocia, ancient district in east-central Anatolia, situated on the rugged plateau north of the Taurus Mountains, in the centre of present-day Turkey.
The boundaries of the region have varied throughout history. Cappadocia’s landscape includes dramatic expanses of soft volcanic rock, shaped by erosion into towers, cones, valleys, and caves. Rock-cut churches and underground tunnel complexes from the Byzantine and Islamic eras are scattered throughout the countryside.
Roussanou Monastery – Meteora, Greece
The Meteora is a rock formation in central Greece hosting one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries, second in importance only to Mount Athos. The six monasteries are built on immense natural pillars and hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area. It is located near the town of Kalambaka at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly near the Pineios river and Pindus Mountains.
Casa Do Penedo – Portugal
There is a marvellous piece of architecture located in the north of Portugal, in the Parish of Várzea Cova, municipality of Fafe, that goes by the name of Casa do Penedo. It’s name translates as House of the Rock in English. This unusual house stands atop a hill and it blends perfectly with the environment which makes it almost invisible from a distance.
The house’s name is due to the fact that it was built between four large boulders, integrated in the house’s foundation. They serve as the walls and ceiling of the house. The construction of the house began in 1972 and it was finished two years later, in 1974.
It was built by a Portuguese engineer from Guimarães. The owner used it as a place for recreation in the countryside. Today, Casa do Penedo is a small museum of photos and relics from Penedo’s history.
Toilet Shaped House
A toilet-shaped house, Haewoojae, which means the house for satisfying one’s anxiety, in Suwon, about 46 km (29 miles) south of Seoul, on November 9, 2007. South Korean sanitation activists marked the start of a global toilet association by lifting the lid on the world’s first lavatory-shaped home that offers plenty of water closet space.
Xuan Kong Si – China
The Xuan Kong Si, or “Hanging Temple,” is built into a cliff 75 m above the ground. this temple is notable not only for its location on a sheer precipice but also because it is the only existing temple with the combination of three Chinese traditional religions: Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism.
It has managed to stay put for some 1,400 years, prompting architects and engineers from around the globe to stop in and marvel at its assembly. According to legend, construction began with a single monk, Liao Ran, at the end of the Northern Wei Dynasty. In time he got help from Taoist builders, pleased at the prospect of a distant sanctuary where practitioners could meditate in true silence. They did not count on it becoming a teeming tourist draw.
Setenil De Las Bodegas – Spain
It’s amazing how people have the ability to take even the most unusual of environments and still find a way to build their homes. Setenil De Las Bodegas is one such place. Located in the Andalucía province of Spain it has a history that may date back many thousands of years.
What makes it special is the way that its inhabitants have carved away the walls of the gorge and then built their houses into the recesses. These are homes that have been built and rebuilt over the centuries and are still occupied to this day. Outcrops of ancient rock loom over the main street that has been built beneath. In one place there are houses that have a million tons of rock above them and on top of that rock there are even more houses.