I’ve covered many super luxurious homes and crazy architectural masterpieces, but sometimes the coolest houses come straight from the land. I’m talking houses made from giant boulders, bamboo and uh, even corn stalks. I still don’t understand the corn one but I do love any house made completely out of bamboo.
Check out these 9 insane houses built from the land we live on and all the “junk” we throw out.
SALVAGED AIRPLANE PARTS
Using salvaged airplane parts to create the home, Urban Office Architecture created the dream villa for an aviator. The New York state house is suspended on stilts with a pool on one side and a small lake on the other.
Yep, it took 25,000 recycled bottles cemented together to create this insanely cool house on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Lighthouse-keeper Edouard Arsenault reportedly starting collecting bottles in 1979 and at 66, began construction of this bottle house as purely a hobby.
IBIKU Architects are the masters in the art of creating stunning masterpieces out of natural materials, like bamboo. This 6-level Bali home is just one of many they have created.
TINY TREE HOUSES
Tiny houses are on the rise for some people, due to their energy efficiency and just plain coolness. So when Foster Huntington quit his job and decided he was going to build and live in a sustainable tree house, it made it really cool. Complete with hot tubs and a bridge, it even has its own skate park.
Hey, 1.5 million beer bottles to be exact. In northern Thailand, you’ll find the Wat Pa Maha Chedi Kaew temple to be built completely out of beer bottles. The project began when monks grew tired of the litter, and encouraged everyone to bring them recycled beer bottles so they could create a temple complex. Ingenious? Yes.
SCRAPS OF DEMOLISHED HOMES
Head to Florianopolis, Brazil to stay in this incredibly unique Airbnb built by a Uruguayan visual artist. It is composed of old wood, glass bottles, ceramic tiles, mirrors and other leftover materials the artist found.
So apparently corn stalks can also be used as a way to build tiny infrastructure, according to St. André-Lang Architects. This little pavilion and housing prototype was built using wood and corn in a nature reserve in northeast France. I feel like it would just make me hungry all the time.
You’ll find this super famous architectural masterpiece in Fafe, Portugal. Built between four huge boulders, the interior of ‘The House of Stone’ has some seriously cool features and even has a swimming pool carved out of rock.
Taking materials and turning them into houses proves to be an amazing idea after seeing this shipping container guesthouse in San Antonio. Poteet Architects created this guesthouse, equipped with even a bathroom and a garden shed one side.
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