Holiday parties started a little early for these homes. It’s not even Christmas yet and they are all already in their cups. Some you could probably knock down with a feather, and some might need more of a nudge. But they are all listing to one side and without a right angle in sight.
Above, the Mosaic House, created in Japan by TNA Architects, is an unexpected sight in its otherwise bland surroundings and the small lot where it was built. Although there aren’t many windows on the sides, the roof is almost entirely glass which maximizes available sunlight on the top floor. The curving shape almost seems to be reaching for the sun.
Kochi Architect’s Studio designed this building for a calligrapher in Ymareshi, Japan. It’s sloped form resembles a ship’s hull and its unique shape allows the owner to look down the hill where it’s situated over rice fields.
This pitched home is one of a series designed by Australian firm ODR. While at first the buildings seem out of place in the area, the architects intended their jagged rooftops to reference historic sawtooth factory buildings commonly found in Australian industrial areas. Inside the spaces are airy, bright and comfortable.
Maison Zufferey may make you dizzy, but Nunatek Architects was inspired by the surrounding mountains in Switzerland. The home sits at a 30 degree angle and its slate exterior mimics the landscape. The slope also provides cover for cars. No garage needed!
Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunić’s Dancing House (also sometimes referred to as Fred and Ginger) was completed in Prague in 1996. It was built on the site of a home bombed by the United States in 1945. The push and pull of the two towers is said to symbolize the country’s transition from communism to a parliamentary democracy. Another fun fact: The twisted metal top on the second tower is nicknamed Medusa.
William O’Brien Jr. designed Allandale House is a riff on a traditional A-frame. Comprised of three small triangular buildings of various sizes and proportions, the home hides storage in the unusable corners where the peaked walls meet the floor.