These roughly 70 dome houses were built by U.S.-based company Domes for the World for villagers who lost their houses to last year’s earthquake in Indonesia’s ancient city of Yogyakarta. With bamboo, plastic bags and bed sheets, Liu made himself a five feet wide, six and a half feet high “portable room,” weighing about 132 lb, to carry with him as he walked more than 12 miles a day. Liu Lingchao, 38, carries his makeshift dwelling as he walks along a road in Liuzhou, China in 2013. The house was made of some 1,000 ice blocks, with all interior appliances, furnishings, and decoration encased within or made from ice. About 40 people, mostly ethnic Turks from Bulgaria who came to the vineyards of Socuellamos to pick grapes during the six-week annual harvest, live in this makeshift camp. Along with various other cabins perched in the trees, this round treehouse in Le Pian Medoc in southwestern France is rented by France’s Natura Cabana company for ecological holidays. The houses were completed two years ago. Hong Kong architect Gary Chang rests in a hammock inside his 330 square feet apartment in Hong Kong. Far more than four walls and a roof, home is a sanctuary and a shelter. The elaborate villa, complete with a garden, was built illegally on top of a Beijing apartment block, was demolished within 15 days. Here, Benito Hernandez stands outside his home in Mexico’s northern state of Coahuila. Not to be outdone by the previous Chinese sky high dwellings, these precarious-looking houses were built on the rooftop of a factory building in in Dongguan, China. From domes to caves, treehouses to igloos, people across the globe live in unconventional dwellings. This house, built upside-down in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, was constructed as an attraction for local residents and tourists. Seen here, workers demolish a privately-built villa, surrounded by imitation rocks, on the rooftop of a 26-story residential building in Beijing in August of 2013. on Dec 23, 2014 | comments

“Home” can mean a wide array of things. Posted By M.A. A model sits in an bathtub inside a house constructed entirely of ice as part of a promotion for a German bank in Berlin, 2005. No two are the same. It was built in 1968 by a group of young men who decided that the rock on the river was an ideal place for a tiny shelter, according to the house’s co-owner, who was among those involved in its construction. After three decades in the same boxy dwelling Chang grew up in, he transformed the space into a eco-friendly and highly efficient space which utilizes moving walls to transform the space for various daily uses. This house is built on a rock on the river Drina, near the western Serbian town of Bajina Basta. The homes in Socuellamos, central Spain, are all made from old wine vats. This house in Abuja, Nigeria, is partially built in the shape of an airplane. Keret said he conceived the house, which is just 36 inches wide as its narrowest point, as memorial to his parents’ family who died in the Holocaust. At night, they sleep in 20 or so overturned wine vats, car-sized concrete barrels that were once discarded before finding a second life as shelter for the workers. Atta was an apprentice of the artist Moussa Kalo who designed and began building the house before passing away, two months before its completion by Atta.

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