It's a dark and stormy night. The wind howls in a most sinister way, as the racing clouds allow a glimpse at the full moon. Through the swaying tree branches you spy the yellow glow of lamp light. A house up ahead! But as you get closer, it becomes all too clear that what lies inside might be just as spooky as the chilled night air. As you approach the door, you breathe silent thanks for reading Inhabitat every day. Thanks to us, you know that while it could totally be haunted, the eco-friendly house is far from frightening. In fact, its sustainable features give every green ghoul something to howl about! Ready for more spine-tingling design? Check out these 6 ghost-worthy homes we've rounded up in celebration of Halloween!
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.”
In Vitro: A House Made Of Meat
It doesn’t get much creepier than this: The In Vitro Meat Habitat is a futuristic concept home composed of meat cells grown in a lab. Designer Mitchell Joachim “envisions a wall in which tissues, skin and bones replace insulation, siding, and studs respectively. For fenestration, or openings of windows and doors, he envisions sphincter muscles that can open and close. Current prototypes are pig skin cells grown around a recycled PET plastic scaffold.”
Located in Nas montanhas de Fafe, Portugal, this stone house is a twist on the many cave homes we’ve featured in the past: it’s squished between two above-ground boulders instead. Allegedly designed with the Flintstones in mind, the roof, oddly placed windows, and a smoke stack are the only indications that humans live there.
Rock Cottage Cave House
Speaking of cave houses, could there be anything more spooky than living underground? If you were lost in the dark and mist, you’d probably walk right by (or over) this house without even noticing it. Rock Cottage is a three-room property hewn straight out of a sandstone cliff. According to the Daily Mail, it’s “one of around 50 similar dwellings in Wolverley, Worcestershire, it was originally built in the 1770s and was lived in until 1948. Although it lacks electricity and running water, it is believed to be structurally sound, built as it is on the most solid of foundations.”