The Dragspelhuset Accordion House
This is an 1800s cabin retrofitted to comply with Sweden’s modern environmental building regulations. The solar-powered, off-grid cabin is owned and designed by Maartje Lammers and Boris Zeisser of 24H Architecture, and is used as a family summer vacation retreat in southern Sweden’s Glaskogen nature reserve. The locals of the lakeside area affectionately call the house “Dragspelhuset,” or Accordion House, because a room of the house is capable of extending outwards over the nearby stream.
The Crazy Tree House
Also known as the Hằng Nga Guesthouse, this creeptacular structure opened in 1990. Rather than typical architectural forms, the fairy-tale house boasts a complex organic structure echoing natural forms, like the Banyan tree, and was build using local labor and materials. Visitors can stay in one of ten themed guest rooms, “each one having an animal as its theme; examples include the tiger room, the eagle room, the ant room and the kangaroo room, each with decorations matching the theme,” as noted on Wikipedia. “The walls of the tiger room, for instance, feature a large tiger with glowing red eyes; the kangaroo room incorporates a sculpted kangaroo with a fireplace in its belly; the fireplace in the eagle room is in the form of a giant eagle’s egg.”
Designed by Faulders Studio for a specific site in Dubai, GEOtube would generate a web-like saline skin that spreads down the façade of the structure over time. Ick! According to the architects who proposed it, GEOtube would be an organic, ever-evolving sculpture, and the skin would serve as a place for local wildlife to hang out. It could also be used as an “accessible surface for the harvesting of crystal salt.”