The world’s most unusual homes

Ice House

Visitors walk inside a house constructed entirely of ice as part of a promotion for a German bank in Berlin. The house is made of some 1,000 ice blocks, with all interior appliances, furnishings and decoration encased within or made from ice.


A worker decorates a house with ceramic chips in Tianjin. The house cost some 500 million yuan ($65 million) to build and contains more than 400 million pieces of porcelain.


Thierry Atta sweeps the courtyard of his house built in the shape of a crocodile in Ivory Coast’s capital Abidjan.


Picture shows garden gnomes in front of a handmade house at a private garden in Lindau at Lake Constance. The first garden gnomes were introduced to the United Kingdom in 1847 by Sir Charles Isham, when he brought 21 terracotta figures back from a trip to Germany. Garden gnomes are a popular accessory in many German gardens.
A girl peers through a garden gnomes house window at a private garden in Lindau at Lake Constance.


A woman from the ethnic Hazara minority stands in front of her cave home in Bamiyan, some 240 km (150 miles) Northwest of Kabul.


Craftsman Evgeny Smolik walks through the richly ornamented gates of his house in the Siberian village of Irbeyskoe some 180 km (112 miles) East of Krasnoyarsk. Smolik, a self-educated craftsman, adorned his 19th century village house and its interior with a wide range of wood carvings and hand crafted furniture in fantasy designs that are inspired by the traditional Russian Lubok print, surrealism, fairy tales and his personal sense of humor. A cat sits on a post in front of Evgeny Smolik’s house


Potential buyers stand with an agent on the balcony of a three-bedroom home made from four old shipping containers in Sydney. The two-storey mobile home also includes two bathrooms, timber floors, air-conditioning, a kitchen, laundry, balcony and sewage treatment tank, which can be pulled apart in less than a day for ease of transportation.
Agent Bob Allan walks through the three-bedroom home made from shipping containers.


A general view shows homes in the village of Kandovan, 650 km Northwest of Tehran. Kando-van is a village where homes are dug out of the rock formations in the foothills of the Sahand Mountain.


A view of about 70 domes houses, which were built by the US, based Domes for the World, for villagers who lost their houses to an earthquake in Sumberharjo village, near Indonesia’s ancient city of Yogyakarta.


A tourist walks to a yurt in Tengeri Desert, on the outskirts of Zhongwei, China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.


A lavatory-shaped home is seen in this computer graphic image released in Seoul.


General view of a tree-house in Le Pian Medoc, Southwestern France.

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