by , 04/27/06
filed under: Architecture


With floods and hurricanes on the brain, we always take note of houses that can float if waters start rising…Flexibility in the face of disaster can be a saving grace. This Bucky-esque dwelling is shaped like a soccer (aka…FOOT)ball.

The Japanese-designed Barier‘s spherical form is constructed with hexagonal panels; but beyond the basic shape, the owner has a multitude of options in terms of color, size, and relationship to the ground.

There are plenty of details to be found at the Barier website, but their own intro says it all: “A soccer ball with which you played in your childhood gets bigger like a dream ball and appears as a place to live in. It floats on the sea and can be a rescue ship.”

Even if you don’t want a soccer house (YET) the Barier website is too cute for words, and is worth a visit just to check out the adorable children in the shower, fruit-shaped soccer houses, and the soccer ball doghouses. Who knew there could be this many varieties on the soccer-ball house?

In other soccer-ball-shaped-house news (did you know there could be such a category?), Dutch architect Jan Sonkie built his own sporty sphere in Malawi. It may not boast the earthquake-proof and amphibious qualities of the Barier, but its wood and metal combination is modern and beautiful.

Via Archinect

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  1. soccerfan February 13, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Soccer FootBall House?! Sounds interesting and exciting. I think I need to check the link for this new housing model. Indoor and outdoor of the soccer house are great design. Its good to see this kind of creative idea.

  2. nathan June 7, 2007 at 5:18 am

    sound like a good idea for energy effientcy.(looks like a hexagonal house).

  3. Andreas Paulsen June 26, 2006 at 2:35 pm

    I saw a video on a Swedish web site, Aftonbladet, verry interesting construction. Please give me more info via email of “mail”.
    Andreas Paulsen
    Post Office Box 1497
    Jacksonville, Oregon 97530-1497
    541-899-1025 phone / no fax

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