“Gesine Marwedel” is certified in rehabilitation science, and after working in an orphanage in India for several years she is now a speech therapist. Besides body painting, the young woman does henna painting, wall painting and paintings on canvas, switching between realism and surrealism in her work. Gesine admits that what she loves about body painting is how it helps people rediscover their beauty. Sounds like a good kind of therapy as well!
Moving into and setting up your new home is definitely one of the most exciting things – especially for those who never find enough outlets for their ideas and designs. Throughout history, people have gone from caves to huts to castles to blocks of flats – and nowadays, seems like you can find an example of just anything. Some people are forced to get creative because of some physical restrictions – like small or unusual space – while others do so just because.
If you feel like you could use some inspiration to design your future home – or just like checking out the weird ideas some people have – this post is just for you! Would you choose to live in a former church, or a renovated water tower? Or how about a completely transparent house, or one that is a spitting image of the Flintstones’ cave? Check out our selection of world’s weirdest houses and share your thoughts in the comments!
1. Transparent House, Japan
Inspired by our ancient predecessors, who inhabited trees, this completely transparent “House NA” in Japan offers you a lot of day light, but not much privacy.
2. Skateboard House, USA
The Skateboard House allows you to skate on all the surfaces, both in and outdoors, and was planned to be built in Malibu.
3. World’s Slimmest House, Poland
The Keret House, inserted between two existing buildings, measures only from 92 to 152 centimeters in width!
4. Old Water Tower Turned Into Modern Home, Belgium
A 100-feet high water tower in Belgium used to serve as a Nazi hideout during the war, but was later transformed into a living space.
5. Dick Clark’s Flintstones Inspired Home, USA
This single storey house in Malibu was inspired by the Flintstones family from the classic 60’s cartoon. Television legend Dick Clark have listed it for $3.5 million.
6. World’s Smallest 1sq Meter House, Germany
7. Slide House, Japan
This three-story Slide house in Japan has a regular staircase on one side of the house, and a slide on the other, which allows you to slide all the down to the first floor.
8. Stone House,Portugal
Although it looks like a massive rock, this house in Portugal actually has a door, a chimney and a window, and has become a huge tourist attraction.
9. Church Converted Into Modern Family Home, Holland
Zecc Architecten repurposed and converted two abandoned churches located in Utrecht, Netherlands into stylish family residences.
10. Giant Seashell House, Mexico
Inspired by the work of Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright, a young family with two kids in Mexico City had a seashell-shaped house built for them.
Some probably think these fantastical shapes are created by computer, but actually, those are real liquid drops, captured in high speed by Corrie White. Born in the Netherlands and currently based in Canada, Corrie told us that drop photography started off as a mere hobby and soon she went from using primitive tools to pro equipment.
It all started when Corrie discovered mesmerizing Martin Waugh’s art a few years ago. “I got the chance to try this for myself and found I had quite a knack for the liquid art. I started out using a medicine dropper for these and have now advanced to using The Time Machine electronics to produce some amazing liquid forms,” says Corrie.
The best part about liquid drop photography is that you can never fully forecast the result. “Each form is different and the possibilities are endless. There are always new forms to discover,” says Corrie.
If you’re tempted to try this yourself, Corrie’s main advice is to start doing it manually, and only invest into electronics once you get a knack of it. “Start out like I did by using a medicine dropper or a drip line with a regulator valve or something similar. Ideally you would need a true macro lens, a DSLR camera with manual controls, an external flash gun if possible. I started by using my in-camera flash for the first while. You need a drip tray to catch the drops, food dye to color the drops, etc., etc. Those are the basics.”