Most of us see our homes as our own personal sanctuaries. Home is a place where you can let loose, be yourself, and walk around in your underwear whenever you please. But for people who live in glass houses, home is more like a fish tank. While some of these glass houses seem impractical for everyday living, others serve a very real purpose. Greenhouses are constructed of glass to harness the power of the sun for growing plants. Whether they are meant for people or for plants, these houses made of glass are visually stunning.

As you know, rabbits – it’s not only a valuable fur, and volcanoes – not only destructive element. So, inquiring mind and luxuriant imagination of a creative person in a position to “suppress” this element and to transmit its energy to the peaceful course of creation. Young British design studio Flying Cavalries, inspired by the energy of the volcano, has designed a very original coffee table Terragen, which, if desired, may become no less than the original table, fireplace.

The satellite dish, being one of the most recognizable symbols of technological progress, gets various funny and artistic treatments from creative individuals around the world. A plain vanilla white dish seems to be just as offensive to the senses as the dumb beige of the standard PC hardware. No wonder people bring out the colors and make that “telecommunication flower” bloom all over the place. Whole city blocks seem to have joined the “psychedelic dish” movement.

These cartoon inspired houses look gorgeous, and make you wonder why you didn’t go for them in the first place. Many people like watching cartoons, but some just take it too far. They also seem to like living in houses that have been inspired by some of their favorite cartoons. No wonder then that we have real houses that look just like the houses from famous cartoon series. Ever dreamt of having a house like the Flintstones? Ever wanted to live in a place that looked like a Barbie dollhouse? Some of these very dreamers went on to actually build houses inspired from cartoons. Check out the list of houses inspired from cartoons.

Simpsons’ House

This exact replica of The Simpsons’ House was made by a fanatic, and it looks exactly like the one in the cartoon inside and out. It is located in Henderson, Nevada.

The Flintstones’ House

This stone house looks amazingly similar to The Flintstones’. In spite of its unusual look, given by the huge spherical boulder on the uphill side and scoop-shaped end, it is like most contemporary homes on the inside. It has a front door, some windows, a roof. This house is located in Nas Montanhas de Fafe in Portugal.

Barbie’s House

This modern house was created by interior decorator Jonathan Adler on the eve of Barbie’s 50th birthday. In March 2009, he decked out a real-life 3,500-sq ft pad overlooking the Pacific Ocean to look like the famous doll’s outrageous home. The Barbie’s Real-Life Malibu Dream House is in Malibu, California.

Mickey’s House

This pink and lavender house not only looks cute on the outside but it is full equipped on the inside. It includes items such as an answering machine, an oven through which you can watch a cake baking, and a microwave that even pops popcorn! It can be seen at the Mickey’s Toontown Fair, in Orlando, Florida and also in Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland Anaheim, California.

Hello Kitty House

This cute pink painted house was 100% inspired by the most famous cat in history. The Hello Kitty villa is located in Taipei, Taiwan.

Designers have thought a lot and then came up with the idea to build a completely transparent house. It looks really good, even great I’d say! Imagine having your coffee early in the morning and enjoying the nature around you. Mmm, little paradise . There’s one ‘but’ though, the designers didn’t really thought through the whole privacy thing, especially for the toilets.

In 2008, UNESCO dubbed China’s Hakka Houses as an official World Heritage Site, noting the historic, cultural and architectural value of these amazing structures.  Constructed from the 12th century up through the 20th, these buildings housed up to 800 people each, a city within a city that provided it’s inhabitants with safety, shelter and community.  Also known as Fujian Tulou, there are 20,000 of these structures across the Fujian province of China, a large section of coastal China across the sea from Taiwan. The Fujian Tolou are an important part of this province’s history, as these buildings were designed to protect their inhabitants from roaming bandits and warlords.  The typical tulou is a three to five story structure comprised of a thick earthen wall  with a single entrance that was protected by a 4″ thick solid wooden door and an iron gate.  At the roof level, the tulou were dotted with gun holes to ward off attacking intruders.

Aesthetically, these buildings capture the spirit and beauty of rural China. Visually, these structures are decidedly Chinese in nature, with clay tiled roofs, wooden framing, stone walkways and earthen walls. The very small round building has about 12 to 18 rooms, the small ones have 21 to 28 rooms, the medium ones have about 30 to 40 rooms, the large ones have about 42 to 58 rooms, and the super large round buildings have about 60 to 72 rooms.

Two-third of the round building are 3 stories high and hold roughly 20 families or 100 people. The round earth building is a “group-oriented” residence, usually with one main entrance. Its wall is usually around 1 meter thick. The main entrance door is padded with iron sheet and is locked by 2 horizontal wood bars. The wooden bars retract into the walls in order to open the door. In the event the wood bars are sawed through, the locking mechanism is still intact.

Inside the entrance is a huge central courtyard where all the doors of the rooms and inner windows are open to. At the ground level except the hall and the staircases, the rooms are used as kitchens and dining rooms. The rooms on the second floor are used for storage. The rooms on the 3rd level are used as bedrooms. The rooms in each level are identical. In front of each room, there is an open round hallway and usually there are 4 staircases to move from one level to another. A typical room is about 10-13 square meter in size. The larger round earth building has room around 15 square meters. The windows facing outside tends to be small, with the window size at the outer wall smaller and the window size at the inner wall larger enabling wider surveillance from the inside. It is extremely hard for outsiders to come in through the windows. There is usually no window at the ground level.

An all black, open-concept mind-trip available to rent for those looking for something different. The layout is dead simple: bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living room , all black of course. You’re exposed to the elements and a short jaunt from Joshua Tree National Park. At $200/night, you too can have a hand at glamping. A former punk-rocker and studio artist, LA-based architect, Robert Stone, built Rosa Muerta by himself over a period of three years. Learning from his father, a spec-home builder, Robert realized his vision from concept to execution.  “Black is a foil,” Stone explains. “People are the color — they’re what bring it to life.”  1,300 Square Feet of All Black Everything.

Robert Stone is an architect from Los Angeles who has spent the last few years solo building party houses out in the desert of Joshua Tree. He grew up in Palm Springs and has always harbored an idea for a new desert aesthetic that combines the modernist houses of his hometown with high end inspiration from 90’s Gucci to Minimalist Art, and low-end inspiration from lowrider cars to burned out building shells. The first completed house in this style is Rosa Muerta, a modernist pavilion and “glamping”  site that is available for vacation rental.

Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. Declared a U.S. National Park in 1994 when the US Congress passed the California Desert Protection Act , it had previously been a U.S. National Monument since 1936. It covers a land area of 789,745 acres . A large part of the park is designated to wilderness area; some 429,690 acres. Straddling the San Bernardino County/Riverside County border, the park includes parts of two deserts, each an ecosystem whose characteristics are determined primarily by elevation.
The higher, drier, and slightly cooler Mojave Desert is the special habitat of the Joshua tree, from which the park gets its name. In addition to Joshua tree forests, the western part of the park includes some of the most interesting geologic displays found in California’s deserts.

It’s no secret that nearly 2 percent of the population of Romania – Roma. But the fact that the transition to a sedentary lifestyle they create a new architectural direction, I, for example, had not the slightest idea. These gypsy houses dropped in the area of Cluj in Romania. I feel making the house look is not clear to anyone. Mixed a lot of styles and looks can be said not reminiscent of anything known in the architecture. Not only the facade of the house, but the roof is a mixture of materials. All reminiscent of a huge pile of waste.

In Romania, 2% of the population is represented by gypsies. They came to Eastern Europe centuries ago, as slaves. They settled in Europe after escaping slavery, but now they are Europe’s most hated  minority. While some go to countries such as England or Italy to beg, others in Romania used their fortune of unknown origins to build huge palaces. In this example, we will take a look at probably one of the tackiest homes we’ve seen, one located in Cluj Napoca, Romania.

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