The Upside Down House Trend: 5 Craziest Home Designs

Upside-down houses often make visitors dizzy and disoriented. Editorial credit: Fotokon /
  • South Korea is home to a museum shaped like a toilet.
  • A house inspired by the airplane exists in Lebanon.
  • There is a transparent house in Tokyo.

The year 2008 saw things change in the German resort town of Trassenheide when Polish architects Klaudiusz Golos and Sebastian Mikiciuk built the country’s first upside-down house. The method behind the madness was to give visitors a different perspective of everyday objects and thus “Welt Steht Kopf” or “The Upside Down World” was born. A few elements outside the structure give a hint of what’s to come: a bench, a bicycle and a wheelbarrow sit upside down against the wall. Not only is the exterior knocked down, but the interior as well. Kitchen appliances, plants, paintings, sofa and even curtains are upside down. But the attention to detail doesn’t stop there, the building is built on a 6% slope to make it look like the house miraculously fell from the sky and landed on its roof. The tilt also adds to the overall disorientation once inside – as if the interior wasn’t confusing enough! Below are some of the craziest house designs in the world.

5. NA House

The transparent design makes this home stand out. Editorial credit: Iwan Baan

House NA is located in a quiet part of Tokyo, but there is something that sets it apart from its next-door neighbors. The house is completely transparent. A young couple wanted a space that would allow them to “live like nomads in their own house”. So Sou Fujimoto architects designed the Transparent House for them in 2012. The residence is built entirely of glass and white steel beams; the light floors are positioned at different levels to give a tree house effect.

4. The house NOT

Almost all surfaces in the PAS House are weatherable. Editorial credit:

Professional skateboarder Pierre André Senizergues commissioned architect François Perrin and designer Gil Lebon Delapoint to turn his dream into reality: he wanted to skate on every surface in his house. The Malibu, California dwelling was divided into three separate spaces where the walls became the ceilings and formed a tube of continuous surfaces. Most of the furniture was also designed to be weatherable. Ramps and curves were built into the walls and freestanding objects like tables and beds were designed to be perfect objects for performing skate tricks.

3. Haines Shoe House

This house is a popular attraction in York County, Pennsylvania. Editorial credit:

In 1958, shoe salesman Mahlon Haines built the house as a form of advertising for his Haines Shoe Company; the residence was modeled after a work boot sold by the company. The Pennsylvanian building includes a lounge, kitchen, and ice cream shop. It is about 25 feet tall. For a time the house served as honeymoon accommodation for newlyweds, but for 40 years the house has been open to the public as a tourist attraction and museum dedicated to the eccentric Mahlon Haines.

2. The Airplane House

The windows in this house look like real airplane windows. Editorial credit:

The Zgharta region of Lebanon is famous for its extravagant houses, but nothing compares to the plane house. Built by Michael Suleiman in 1975, the Airplane House is a detailed copy of the Airbus A380. The building has two floors with 30 portholes on each side and is complete with a nose cone and tail. The tail has an interesting addition, the European Union flag, as seen on regular Airbus A380 aircraft, has been replaced with a small window containing a statue of the Virgin Mary.

1. The toilet house

In 2007, Sim Jae-Duck redesigned his house in the shape of a toilet. Editorial credit:

Perhaps the most bizarre dwelling of all is Korea’s Toilet House. The idea came from Mayor Sim Jae-Duck’s dedication to keeping Suwon City’s public restrooms clean and spotless. His goal was to do the same for the rest of the world and so founded the World Toilet Association. To commemorate the WTA, Jae-Duck commissioned architect Go Gi-Wong to design a house that looked like a giant toilet and thus, the Toilet House was born. After Sim Jae-Duck passed away, the house was turned into a toilet museum. Tourists from around the world visit the two-story institution and marvel at the toilet-themed art and exhibits.


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