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The upside-down house trend: 5 craziest house designs

Upside down houses often make visitors dizzy and confused. Editorial credit: Fotokon /
  • South Korea is home to a museum shaped like a toilet.
  • A house inspired by the airplane exists in Lebanon.
  • There is a transparent house in Tokyo.

The year 2008 saw things turn upside down in the German resort town of Trassenheide when Polish architects Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk built the country’s first upside down house. The method behind the madness was to give visitors a different perspective of everyday objects and so “Welt Steht Kopf” or “The Upside Down” was born. A few items on the outside of the structure give an idea of ​​what will happen: a bench, a bicycle and a wheelbarrow sit upside down against the wall. Not only the exterior is upside down, but the interior as well. Kitchen appliances, plants, paintings, the sofa and even the curtains are upside down. But the attention to detail doesn’t stop there, the building is constructed on a 6% grade to make the house appear to have miraculously fallen from the sky and landed on its roof. The tilt also adds to the general disorientation once inside – as if the interior isn’t confusing enough! Below are some of the craziest house designs in the world.

5. NA house

The see-through design makes this house look out of place. Editorial credit: Iwan Baan

House NA is located in a quiet part of Tokyo, but there is something that sets it apart from its neighbors next door. The house is completely transparent. A young couple wanted a space where they could “live like nomads in their own home”, so Sou Fujimoto Architects designed the transparent house for them in 2012. The residence is built entirely of glass and white steel beams; the light floors are positioned at different levels to give a tree house effect.

4. The PAS House

Almost all surfaces of the PAS House can be weathered. Editorial credit:

Professional skateboarder Pierre André Senizergues commissioned architect François Perrin and designer Gil Lebon Delapoint to turn his dream into reality: he wanted to skate on all surfaces of his house. The dwelling in Malibu, California was divided into three separate spaces where the walls became the ceilings and formed a tube of continuous surfaces. Most of the furniture was also designed to be weatherable. Ramps and curves were built into the walls, and freestanding objects like tables and beds were designed to be perfect objects for performing skate tricks.

3. The Haines shoe house

This house is a popular attraction in York County, Pennsylvania. Editorial credit:

In 1958, shoe salesman Mahlon Haines built the house as a form of advertising for his Haines Shoe Company; the residence was modeled on a work boot sold by the company. The Pennsylvanian building includes a living room, kitchen and ice cream shop. It is about 25 feet tall. For a time, the house served as honeymoon accommodation for the newlyweds, but for the past 40 years the house has been opened to the public as a tourist attraction and museum dedicated to the eccentric Mahlon Haines.

2. The plane house

The windows in this house look like real airplane windows. Editorial credit:

The Zgharta region of Lebanon is famous for its extravagant homes, but nothing compares to the airplane house. Built by Michael Suleiman in 1975, the Airplane House is a detailed copy of the Airbus A380. The building has two floors with 30 portholes on each side and is complete with a nose cone and tail. The tail has an interesting addition, the flag of the European Union, as depicted on the usual Airbus A380 planes, has been replaced by a small window containing a statue of the Virgin Mary.

1. The toilet house

In 2007, Sim Jae-Duck redesigned his house in the shape of a toilet. Editorial credit:

The Korean toilet house is arguably the strangest house of all. The idea came from Mayor Sim Jae-Duck’s dedication to keeping the public washrooms in the town of Suwon clean and spotless. His goal was to do the same for the rest of the world and thus founded the World Toilet Association. To commemorate the WTA, Jae-Duck commissioned architect Go Gi-Wong to design a house that looked like a giant toilet and thus, the Toilet House was born. After Sim Jae-Duck passed away, the house was turned into a toilet museum. Tourists from all over the world visit the two-story institution and marvel at the toilet-themed art and exhibits.

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