We've seen our fair share of 'unique' homes here on Inhabitat, but even we're blown away sometimes by what people come up with. Homeowners and architects are putting ingenious materials to use and crafting outrageous designs, all while improving the efficiency and reducing impact. Adaptive reuse, creative material usage and even wacky concepts produce amazing, one-of-kind homes. We scoured through our archives to find the craziest green homes we could and even we're surprised that people actually live in them!
This crazy car-shaped house in Salzburg, Austria is surprisingly green. Homeowner and architect Markus Voglreiter built the AutoWohnhaus with a “3 liter” energy-efficient heating and insulation building system that drastically reduces energy consumption. Located in a suburban neighborhood, the exterior, which is just for show, is a bit out of place.
People in this glass houses shouldn’t thrown stones or else it will ruin their carefully constructed thermal envelope. This glass geodesic home was built by the Hjertefølger family over a hand-crafted cobb house. The super, low-impact materials are kept warm in the winter under the dome, and natural ventilation keeps things cool even in the summer.
The last ever Ellis Island Ferry boat was built in 1907 and now serves as an amazing home, studio and showroom for a couple in NYC. After a long and industrious career, the Yankee Ferry now sits on New York Harbor enjoying a quiet retirement. The historic renovation of the ferry into the home included an extensive reuse and refurbishment of some of the ferry’s original features. The owners also have their own garden on site and raise chickens there too.
The Keret House is the world’s skinniest house and is only 3 feet across at its narrowest point. Built and designed by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny, the thin home fits in a tight alley between two buildings in Warsaw. This narrow, small footprint home makes the most of its tiny space and shows how to maximize land in an urban setting. Originally built as a memorial to the owner’s parents, the skinny house is now being used for the Polish Modern Art Foundation Artist in Residence program.
One of the best views of London can be seen from this kooky converted water tower home in London. The 80-year old tower was bought by famed designer Tom Dixon and adapted into modernist home. Accessed currently by a long flight of stairs, the home will soon have a “heat exchange” system that will use water from the Grand Union Canal to heat and cool the structure. Best of all, you can rent a room in this amazing house through AirBnB for only $200 a night!
This guy must really love to fly, because he wanted to live in an airplane forever! Bruce Campbell bought a Boeing 727-200 and placed it in the woods Oregon to serve as his home. Reusing many of the original parts, pieces and furnishings, Campbell fashioned a 1,066 sq ft home. Translucent panels replace part of the flooring, letting visitors get a glimpse of the structural architecture of the plane. The incredible adaptive reuse project keeps the plane out of the scraps yards and on view as a living museum.