There are times when every one of us craves to spend solo moments. This precious time that we spend all by ourselves is special because we are totally disconnected from the world and in tandem with our inner selves. It is the time to let our hair down and do what makes us happy.
There’s nothing except silence and the sound of nature (think rustling woods and chirping birds). Here’s a list of homes that are completely hidden from public view and make for a fantastic “me time” retreat.
1. Penthouse in a Rock (Beirut, Lebanon)
The idea of having a home built in a rock was absolutely unthinkable to some, which is why the project wasn’t deemed practical at first. However, over a period of time when an image of the project was put on the internet, investors began to show a huge interest in the project. Eventually, the project was taken over by a local real estate agency.
The home boasts of features such as a glass bottom pool and cliff top. Now that the construction of the place has started, it has been thronged by buyers looking for off-beat and unique living abodes that offer unusual and calming experiences more than anything else.
2. Dugout House (Texas, U.S.A)
Embedded a few feet below ground level, this magnificent home resembles a minimal, no-fuss dugout from out. Hey, but not everything is as it appears. Looks can be highly deceptive. The house has all the amenities needed to lead a luxurious life. From a tiny backyard pool to stairways to comfortable couches, the abode has it all.
Designed by Bercy Chen Studio LP (which is committed to recognizing design solutions and top notch planning strategies for making novel designs that rely on environmentally sustainable house models), the project is truly one of its kind.
3. Homes Atop a Shopping Mall (Hunan, China)
The shopping mall with homes located on its roof is an abode in a city that houses 4 million people with restricted space. This is exactly why architectural solutions are non standardized and erratic, thus leading to sprouting real estate growth just about anywhere. The villas are resourcefully built atop the eight-storey Jiutian International Plaza in Zhuzhou.
If you can’t imagine living on the roof of a shopping mall, look at this absolute marvel of a villa to known architectural ingenuity. Imagine how cool it will be to live on top and simply walk just below the house when you feel like shopping. In a city, where space is a premium, these are the sort of ingenious solutions that stand out.
4. Villa Vals (Vals, Switzerland)
When local authorities make construction rules, you find resourceful ways to work around it without breaking the law. This is exactly what happened in the case Villa Vals. The main purpose of building an underground villa was to avoid flouting local laws.
The laws here prevent people from building a high rise since it is seen as a hindrance to the region’s natural landscape. The architect then got his thinking cap on, and decided upon building a home in a cave.
5. Lake Chalet (Hordaland, Norway)
The prime objective of this structure was absolute integration within the landscape, where the architects performed to the best of their abilities. This stunning hunting lodge is nestled as a standalone structure alongside a lake in the cast away mountain region nestled near Akrafjorden in western Norway.
The region is accessible only through horseback and foot. One of the most striking features of the landscape is the hut. The terrain features green patches and rocks that give shape to the hut, and its surrounding elements. Fancy living on the banks of an inspiring natural area or placid lake? This is the perfect abode!
6. The Mirrorcube Hotel (Lapland, Sweden)
The external walls of this structure are glass fitted and covered with a layer of infrared so that birds do not think of it as obstacles in their way of flying. It is a one of its kind hide-out nestled in trees, hidden by mirror walls that beautifully offer a reflection of its surroundings.
The base comprises of sturdy aluminum frames around the trunk and walls enclosed with reflection glass. There are half a dozen windows that offer a stunning view of the region. The hotel offers top notch accommodation for visitors with its double bed, terrace and chic lounge. There are showers and saunas housed in independent buildings nearby. Every tree room is equipped with a complimentary WiFi connection.
7. Bungalow Under Pine Trees (British Columbia, Canada)
Unique planning and an emerald mossy help this strikingly ingenious house camouflage into the environment. The sea side home has reflective glass that looks stunning in the backdrop of the blue sea and setting sun.
This is one surreal, chic home that looks straight out of paradise. It is luxurious, stately and resourcefully erected to merge with its environment. Those craving a serene time in the bosom of nature will be delighted to live here.
8. Canyon Mansion in Utah, USA
The Canyon Mansion was built in the late 20th century by a couple, who sought to fulfill their dream of living in a serene, idyllic place. The cozy rooms and unique dwelling make for an adventure packed habitat.
There are some places that are not just quirky and whimsical, but also feature tranquil architectural features that induce a sense of positivity and calmness. The entire vibe of the place is inspiring and spirit nourishing. Amidst the rugged landscape of Utah, this one is definitely the hidden crown tiara.
9. Cliff House (Coquimbo, Chile)
The submarine two-level home has one level below the ground. The structure is nestled in a rural town adjacent to a stunning, azure sea. Placed alongside the horizontal edge, there are five chimneys that directly look into the sea.
With expansive windows, and an open living room as well as dining room, there is also a terrace that looks out straight into the sea. This can be reached via a courtyard running down a pretty looking staircase running within the house.
10. Desert Oasis (California, U.S.A)
This whimsical home that looks like a heap of dried leaves from a distance is nestled smack in the middle of a Californian desert. The mystical and intriguing aura of the desert coupled with its contemporary look makes it look like a contemporary oasis in the middle of a desert. It has an ultra-luxurious appeal and looks straight out of a brochure for a design company or magazine.