4 Quirky Homes With Incredible Style

When you think of a home, the houses pictured below probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. From a totally glass house with a separate library to a former church, these homes are things of wonder and ingenuity that challenge what a traditional “home” is…and it’s a good thing.


Sheer Genius

 
In New Canaan, Connecticut sits Philip Johnson’s Glass House. Completely modern and totally transparent, save for the bathroom, the house was just one of the architect’s prolific designs. While living in the house, Johnson kept the home as private as one can keep a glass house because he thought visitors were nuisances and enjoyed having it to himself.

 

Johnson lived in the glass home until he passed away in 2005 and left it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, which has kept it in pristine condition while allowing guests to tour and even stay in the house. Johnson’s rumored to have only allowed one guest to stay in his home while he lived there, which makes visitors even more excited to stay in this exclusive house for a night.

 

On the grounds of the house, you’ll also find a pool, a pavilion, an underground painting gallery, a sculpture gallery, a house made entirely of translucent wire that earned the title of “Ghost House,” and a library without any running water.

 

Bedtime Under Glass

 

Bedtime Under Glass

 

Bedtime Under Glass


Suburban Kaleidoscope

 
Covered in white siding, this home looks like any other you might find in a suburban neighborhood. But the house formerly known as apartments is far from plain. By removing the dividers that separated the apartment, the owners created geometric modern bliss. And when the remnants of the dividers were painted nearly every color in the rainbow, the communal space got a whole lot brighter.

 

Described as looking kaleidoscopic, the colorful home is always a surprise to unsuspecting guests who don’t know what’s housed within those 4 white walls.

 

Suburban Kaleidoscope

 

Suburban Kaleidoscope


Perfectly Preserved

 
After living in it for 72 years, a 96-year-old woman listed her Toronto house. Like the suburban house above, the outside was nothing extraordinary but the inside more than made up for it. The house was renovated at some point in the 1960s and nearly everything in the home, including the furniture, is from that time or before.

 

Velvet furniture, eccentric wallpaper, and even a landline phone are proudly displayed in the home she kept tidy for seven decades. And the best part? A bit of astroturf is still going strong in the backyard.

 

1950s Time Capsule

 

1950s Time Capsule

 

1950s Time Capsule


Holy Home

 
Before it was divided into two stunning homes,it was a pink playhouse. And before that, it was a church built in 1867 located in Brisbane, Australia. Recently remodeled and divided into two homse, its historical shape gave way to beautiful archways that let light pour into this section of the current residence. With the floors replaced and the interior painted a bright white hue, the remodeled open floor plan is the perfectly balanced between airy and cozy.

 

With a glistening floors and a clean Scandinavian-inspired design, the 19th century church has joined the 21st century in a very polished way. What you can’t see from these photos is the dreamy outdoor seating area that overlooks a small-but-mighty pool and the incredible way the designers, Willis Greenhalgh Architects, were able to seamlessly pair the character of the old church with the modernity of a new home.

 

Heavenly Home

 

Heavenly Home

 

Heavenly Home


 

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