Who has ever had the feeling that the earth would swallow them up? Well I have, but I never envisioned this! It must be very cozy, though, to be sleeping underground, and to hear the pitter-patter of rain drops on the earth above. Having said that, it does make me think of a rather large coffin, what about you?
The Japanese are very fond of their privacy - except for this family! We don't know why they did it, but they have built their not-so-humble abode entirely from glass. How would you feel if everything you were doing in your home was visible to everyone? Perhaps it would improve your behavior though: as they say, people in a glass house shouldn't throw stones.
This is certainly a quite beautiful tree house, with a lovely staircase, in a lovely wood. But I'm not sure most people would want to live there. I suppose that's the point. Here the owner can be totally at one with nature, which definitely has a temporary appeal. But can you imagine seeing this ball for the first time? I would be so shocked, and think aliens had landed.
Someone noticed two huge boulders in reasonably close proximity to each other, decided to add a roof - and then just carried on. It is certainly very handsome and a remarkable piece of craftsmanship. However, the large stone on the left concerns me a little: with that slope I keep thinking it might roll away, tearing the house open. And just imagine what creepy-crawlies must be living under such a huge boulder!
Only a true bird-watcher could appreciate this superb river spot - or perhaps a fisherman. This house, built atop a rock, doesn't look like the most stable residence, but it is an admirable achievement. If I stayed there I would love to just sit out on the porch and listen to the water flow on by, perhaps while reading a nice book. That is truly a dream scene to ponder.
This idyllic spot in the middle of Eastern Europe seems like a great place for hunting. I can picture a hardy old man with a rifle at his side, and a mug of something strong, sitting on his step, just silent and brooding. Then when a wild beast or bird comes into his peripheral, he just leaps into action like a leopard...
There is only one house on the gorgeous, but lonely, Ellidaey Island. What marks out most of these curious houses is their total lack of neighboring structures. Imagine living surrounded only by ocean, wind, and water, though. You would feel perpetually lost at sea, like an unlucky pirate. However, there is something magnificent about the vast ocean that attracts everyone, and these island-dwellers certainly know all about it.