12 Incredible Houses You Won’t Believe Exist

by Ayushi Rastogi1 year ago0 comments

6 Festus Cave Home – This gorgeous cave abode located in Festus, Missouri, is a unique example of modern living in an old sandstone cave.

Festus Cave Home
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Built by Curt and Deborah Sleeper, this underground home is nestled inside of a 15,000-square-foot sandstone cave in Festus, Missouri. Curt and Deborah found this man-made cave on eBay in late 2003 and spent the next four years constructing a 5,000-square-foot house inside.

The house has modern interiors blended with unfinished sandstone walls. The couple decided to leave many of the walls in their unfinished natural state, which adds to the home’s natural beauty. 

Festus Cave Home
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Festus Cave Home
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This house is an excellent example of energy-efficient architecture. Geothermal heating keeps the interior warm and, at the same time, eliminates the need for a furnace or air-conditioning.

Three large dehumidifiers keep the interior from getting too damp or musty. There are 37 sliding glass doors to allow abundant natural light. A huge umbrella is positioned above the living room furniture to catch grit that falls from the rock ceiling. (1, 2)

7 Malator – This underground house Malator is one of the most eye-catching houses in Wales.

Malator
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Malator is a house in Druidstone, Pembrokeshire, Wales. It was built in the Earth house architectural style in 1998. It was built for, and owned by, former Member of Parliament, Bob Marshall-Andrews.

The architectural firm who designed the building was Future Systems. The whole house is curved full of bright colors and unique in style. Even though the majority of the house lies underground, the house has a breathtaking sea view.

It is sunk into the ground to have a minimal impact on the landscape. Inside, the building has an open-plan format in a style that incorporates brightly colored pods that contain the bathrooms. The entire house is centered around a fireplace. 

Malator
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Malator
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Malator has appeared on television series such as the More4 program Homes by the Sea, and has been received positively by critics with Architectural Digest listing it as one of the most innovative houses of the 20th century.

The design of the building has resulted in it locally being referred to as the “Teletubby House”  after the BBC children’s television series. (1, 2)

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8 Villa Vals – It is a splendorous house hidden in an Alpine Slope of Switzerland.

Villa Vals
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Villa Vals
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Villa Vals
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Villa Vals
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Dutch architect Bjarne Mastenbroek visited Alpine slopes in the 1990s as a tourist. He loved the beautiful landscape and decided to buy land next to warm showers of Vals. However, to purchase land, he needed Swiss citizenship.

Therefore, he decided to form a partnership with Rotterdam-based architect Christian Müller. They tried to integrate architecture with the striking landscape and balanced fantasy with reality. To prepare the site, the team of local builders excavated 36 feet into the side of the hill and poured a reinforced-concrete retaining wall.

They then built a simple shoebox, 52 feet wide, 26 feet deep, and two-and-a-half stories high, and closed the volume with a concave front. This approach yielded a protected patio and a large facade with ample opportunities for apertures. (1, 2

9 Cliff Haven – This is a beautiful house built inside a cliff.

Cliff Haven Utah
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Cliff Haven Utah
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Cliff Haven Utah
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Cliff Haven Utah
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Built in 1986, the magnificent home, Cliff Haven, is built on 12 acres of land and is situated in Utah. It was built by Bill and Barbara Houghton. Cliff Haven spans 2,100 square feet of indoor living space within its rectangular footprint, including three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a three-car garage.

With a solar power system and backup generator, this house is self-sufficient. A private well supplies water for use inside the home while two 2,000-gallon water tanks collect and store rainwater. The property has a mature orchard, vineyard, and garden. (1, 2)

10 Casa Brutale – This is a cliff-hanging house project, located in Beirut, Lebanon.

Casa Brutale
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Casa Brutale
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Casa Brutale’s design images went viral on the Internet in 2015. This masterpiece became a reality in 2020. Located in Beirut, Lebanon, Casa Brutale was a cliff-hanging house project, designed by Open Platform for Architecture (OPA).

The house has a magnificent view of the Aegean Sea along with the clear blue sky. With minimal aesthetics, this house is built of wood, cement, and glass. On the roof of the house, there is a huge swimming pool.

The crystalline pool is made of reinforced glass, and lets the abundant, natural light through, illuminating the residence.

Casa Brutale
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Before the construction, many were worried about the safety and privacy of the house. However, Laertis-Antonios Ando Vassiliou, an architect and partner of OPA, assured that “In spite of this being one of people’s greatest fears, this isn’t going to happen with the proper excavation procedure.

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As the house is nesting inside the cliff and not upon it, it is extremely well-anchored as part of the Earth’s system.” There will be sufficient lighting and land formation to safely lead a driver to the parking garage. And given the house’s remote location and additional pool made of polymer, privacy would not be an issue. (1, 2

11 Nautilus House – This unusual and audacious seashell house is located in Mexico City.

Nautilus house
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This unique, shell-shaped house in Mexico City was designed by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Organica in 2007. This house is more like a beautifully crafted sculpture replicating aquatic life rather than just a concrete building. The structure was created using ferro-cement and consists of a frame of steel-enforced small-diameter chicken wire which is coated with a thin layer of concrete.

Nautilus house
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The technique allows rounded, natural curves to be formed, that avoids the necessity of bearing walls or columns. It offers continuity between the ground plane, walls, and roof, creating the impression of the building emerging organically from the ground. It has hundreds of small, rainbow-colored strained-glass windows.

The house is earthquake-proof as well as maintenance-free. Senosiain describes it as, “This home’s social life flows inside the Nautilus without any division, a harmonic area in three dimensions where you can notice the continuous dynamic of the fourth dimension when moving in a spiral over the stairs with a feeling of floating over the vegetation.” (1, 2

12 Reservoir – This hidden home is located in Woolbrook Reservoir, UK.

Reservoir - The Hidden Home in Woolbrook Reservoir, UK
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Reservoir - The Hidden Home in Woolbrook Reservoir, UK
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Reservoir - The Hidden Home in Woolbrook Reservoir, UK
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Named  “Reservoir,” this spectacular, hidden home is built by transforming a former reservoir. Robert and Ann Hardy bought the site in Sidmouth from South West Water in 2008. After the construction of three years and spending £800,000, they turned this reservoir into a unique home with a futuristic, curved glass frontage.

A central piece was cut out to create a huge living space arranged around a courtyard below ground level. The original Woolbrook Reservoir consisted of an underground water tank. Its original walls are still visible from the garage and storeroom. The Hardys also put artificial turf on the roof so the house is almost indistinguishable from the surrounding countryside. (1, 2)

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