Crazy Westlake, Texas Bloomhouse

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Looking more like a gargantuan meringue made structure, this Westlake, Texas home is on the market for $650K, and comes with custom built-in cherrywood cabinets, walk-in closets, hidey-holes, a twisting fireplace, multiple level decks, an outdoor shower and a lifetime guarantee of curious passerbys. Someone should bring chocolate coloured siding and graham cracker roof material and make some s'mores. More photos under the cut...

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[photos and link via Austin Modhouse]

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The home was the creation of architect/sculptor Charles Harker, who founded the Tao Design Group. Composed of architects, sculptors and artists with a keen desire for experimentation, the Tao Design group began building homes around Austin. The "Bloomhouse" was constructed in 1980 out of Portland cement plaster and polyurethane foam for a client who wanted "something extraordinary".

The Bloomhoue won a 1984 Award of Merit by the Austin chapter of the American Institute of Architects, but it's in great danger of being purchased simply as a tear-down, as the 2.5 acre ravine location is considered highly desirable while the building itself is of niche interest. More information about the Bloomhouse here.

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