5 Completely Bizarre Yet Real Homes

The McKinley Beach community has a set of preferred building groups and custom home design guidelines to help achieve a balance between the natural location and stunning west coast architecture that compliments the unparalleled lake views.

However, not all communities and locations have such guidelines and in some instances home design can go from ‘unique’ to ‘quite bizarre’. Here are five such homes from all around the world:

  1. Transparent House (House NA), Japan

This 914 square-foot house in Tokyo, Japan built by Sou Fujimoto Architects was inspired by ancient predecessors who used to inhabit trees. The house offers plenty of daylight but isn’t the ideal home if you’re looking for privacy, as there isn’t any (except, hopefully, in the bathroom).

  1. Transparent-HomeWorld’s Slimmest House, Poland

This house is certainly not for the claustrophobic. The Keret House, inserted between two existing buildings, measures only 152 centimeters in width and features multiple floors that include a bedroom, work area, and kitchen.


  1. Dick Clark’s Flintstones Inspired Home, Malibu

Television legend, Dick Clark, had a home built in Malibu that was inspired by The Flintstones TV show. The house sits on 22 acres and features Bedrock-style architecture, one bedroom, two bathrooms, a fireplace, and several large windows with views of the Serrano Valley, the Boney Mountains, the Channel Islands, and the Pacific Ocean. The property sold a few years ago for around $3.5 million.

Slide House, Japan

This 1,762 square-foot Nakameguro home is located in Meguro-ku, one of the municipalities of Tokyo, Japan and makes the top of the ‘A Kid’s Dream Come True’ list. The three-floor house is wrapped with a staircase and a slide that connects the floors. The ultimate question: Would you take the stairs or the slide?


  1. Giant Seashell House, Mexico

The Nautilus House designed by architect Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Organica and built in 2006 is located in Mexico City. The house was commissioned and built for a young family that didn’t want to live in a conventional home and opted for something that was more integrated with nature. Smooth surfaces, circular rooms, spiral stairs, and natural plantings create a natural shell-like atmosphere. I wonder if you can hear the ocean all the time?