We appreciate a well-designed shoe as much as the next person, but not enough to live in a home that is shaped like one. The Haines Shoe House in Hellam, Pennsylvania is a regional landmark that features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and, as is the case with kitschy structures, plenty of themed decorations on the inside.
Built by Mahlon N. Haines, a rather eccentric millionaire who made his fortune in (surprise, surprise) footwear, the place was originally built as a guest house. Haines offered elderly couples to stay at the house, with the promise of treating them like "kings and queens" on his dime. How sweet is that?
Though we expected the shoe motif to carry over to the indoors, we didn't exactly anticipate the charming vintage interior. Just look past the shoes...everywhere.
This isn't the only odd exterior we've seen. Check out our slideshow of some very unusual residences.
Atop a miniature mountain somewhere between Los Angeles and Las Vegas sits a dome-roofed structure (ahem, UFO) that overlooks the desert. Dubbed the Volcano House, the private residence designed by Deasy/Penner & Partners is on our list because it's one of the most extraterrestrial-looking of our world's architectural wonders.
In Mornington Peninsula, Australia you'll find an out-of-this-world home called the Dome House, designed by McBride Charles Ryan. With its clean, sharp aesthetic and its unusual framework, the house is reminiscent of the futuristic spaceships we often associate with advanced technological crafts. Check out the firm's website for more information about the Dome.
Since the Futuro house gained popularity, the model that Matti Suuronen created has served as a template for other replicas in different parts of the world. This particular Futuro home (which can be found in Chattanooga, Tennessee) features its own retractable staircase. Be sure to head over to This Old House for more information.
In Woodruff, Wisconsin you can have your very own Futuro House experience by renting it out for a minimum of 3 nights. This one-bedroom, one-bathroom pod isn't a permanent home, but it certainly helps us imagine what living in a spacecraft would be like (for at least a short while). Check out flipkey for more information about the alien campsite.
Here's a house that plays with the Futuro idea by telling a story. In Pensacola Beach, Florida, this UFO seems as though it landed and took up permanent residency on the single-story's rooftop. Roadside America has more information about this quirky spaceship.
In Taipei, Taiwan, a congregation of UFO pods have given the district they reside in the nickname "Sanzhi Pod City". A shoot off of the Futuro houses, these homes were originally intended to be vacation getaways. Now, the largely unoccupied properties are part of an eery landscape that strangely resembles an alien colony.
And of course, we would never leave out Naomi Campbell's spaceship house designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Towering 65 feet above ground, Campbell's home is hands down one of the most marvelous UFO homes we've seen to date.
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