While most of us probably prefer to live in conventional, boring apartments and houses, there are those that seek more of a thrill in their living situations. Did you ever read The Boxcar Children in elementary school? You know, the story about the four orphans who lived in an old abandoned boxcar in the forest? If so, you might’ve grown up with an odd fascination for weird living situations. From tiny houses to houseboats, it’s all quite interesting, even if you don’t ever plan to live in one of those yourself!
During World War II, the British built several fortresses out at sea in order to defend the nation from German invaders. After these fortresses were abandoned, a man named Roy Bates claimed one in the ‘60s, called Roughs Tower, as his own. Roughs Tower was in no-man’s land, so he and his family declared it a principality in 1967 and named it “Sealand.” They lived there until just before his death.
Near the town of Bajina Basta in Serbia is this little house built on a rock. It was built in 1968, and its current inhabitant is one of the original men who helped build it. Imagine having to get in a little rowboat every time you wanted to go to shore!
Marina Piro is an Italian girl traveling around Europe with her Dog, Odie while living in a van that she calls Pam. Marina renovated the van so that it has a bed, and even a little kitchenette! Of course, there is no shower or bathroom in the van, so being a hygiene freak would be pretty difficult with this lifestyle…
Like many of us living on the west coast, Brandon is a 24-year-old who thought that the cost of living in the Bay Area was just way too high. After he was hired to work as an engineer at Google, he turned this truck into his home, and he even blogs about his life in the truck.
How does he shower or eat, you ask? He takes advantage of the benefits of working at Google!
Haewoojae, which means “a house to satisfy one’s anxiety” in Korean, is...yes, shaped like a toilet. It’s about 30 miles south of Seoul, South Korea, and the creators of it can boast about having designed the world’s first toilet-shaped building. Because that’s a pretty big feat, right?
There is an entire community of people in the Oakland area living in shipping containers called “Containertopia.” Yes, you read that correctly. Each resident pays $600 per month (which, if you ask me is still pricey for living in a shipping container) to live in a cozy little space like this one.
This sweet airplane home resides in Miziara, Lebanon - a place that’s known for its beautiful ancient Greek and Egyptian architecture. It may look a little unorthodox among those structures, but it’s still very unique!
The Heliodome was designed as a solar house in Cosswiller, France. It was also created as a giant sundial. The coolest part about this home is that it was built on a fixed angle relative to the sun’s movements, so it stays cool in the summer months due to shading, and warm in the winter when the sun is lower in the sky. The residents must save a fortune on heating and air conditioning!
The Magdalein family lives on a 43-foot boat called The Albin. They’ve spent their days traveling through the Bahamas and are currently moored down in St. Augustine, Florida. And in case you didn’t think that was cramped enough, they have a new baby on the way and are moving into an even smaller boat!
This insane crocodile house is located in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. It was designed by the artist Moussa Kalo, who passed away just two months before it was completed. However, his apprentice, Thierry Atta, completed the crocodile and now lives inside of it.
Casa de Pedra means “house of stone” in Portuguese. It was constructed by Brazilian gardener Estevao Silva da Conceicao. The inside of this home is absolutely gorgeous, but one can’t help wondering if you would constantly have to worry about hitting your head on something!
Liu Lingchao, who lives in China, got very resourceful with his home. He made it out of plastic bags, bamboo and bed sheets and calls it his “portable room.” He can basically carry it wherever he goes!