These unusual buildings were designed by architect Piet Blom. Several dozens of such cube-shaped houses called Kubuswoningen were built in the Dutch towns of Rotterdam and Helmond in the midlle of the ‘70s. The total area of each house is around 100 square meters (1075 sq. ft.), though about a quarter of the space is unusable due to angled ceilings. In 2009 several cubes were converted into a hostel.
Bota Bota is a mid-century ferryboat resting on the St Lawrence river, Montreal, Canada. It has been restored and converted into a unique spa resort for 10 million dollars. The spa is set on 5 levels for a total surface of 3150m² (33,900 sq. ft.) and has pretty much everything you’d expect from a spa plus the beautiful view!
Bohumil Lhota, 73, is a builder form Czech Republic. He claims that he is tired of building ordinary houses, so from 1981 he has been building his own subterranean, rotating home. Lhota has been doing the work mostly by himself. The “Roundabout House” can rise above the ground and rotate. Its upper level has living quarters with a view over mountains, while the lower level is a swimming pool.
Whangapoua Sled House is located near an idyllic beach in New Zealand. The place lies within a coastal erosion zone, so the hut has been built on two thick sleds in order to be easily moved when necessary. Having a total area of just 40 sq. m (430.5 sq. ft.), this holiday retreat can easily accommodate a family of five. The hut has a kitchen, the areas for living and dining, a bathroom and two sleeping zones.
Designers from Penson created an amazing office for the multi-billion Internet giant Google. Located in Covent Garden, London, the place is packed with all sorts of cozy additions that are bound to distract Google’s staff from work. The 15,000 m2 (160,000 sq. ft.) office features a gym, a massage parlor and a dance studio. There are comfortable lounges to relax and a secret garden on a rooftop offering stunning views on London’s skyline.
Villa Vals is an incredible house built in an Alpine slope within a walking distance to thermal springs of Therme Vals, Switzerland. French windows and the patio with slightly inclined viewing angle offer a stunning view over a mountainous landscape with a narrow valley in front. The interior is designed in a minimalistic manner with an extensive usage of natural materials, and the whole building is meant to fit unobtrusively into the beautiful scenery around. The price for a week stay at Villa Vals ranges from $2,500 to $4,700 depending on the season.
This house constructed by Australian company MMP Architects was designed to fit seamlessly into a rainforest. Build on a slightly elevated platform, the house floats above the forest hill slope. The building consists of three large pavilions with large glass windows. It is made of high quality timber and partly of local stone, has solar power panels and is painted in subdued colors to dissolve into the natural background.