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Are These Unusual Houses Real?

Unusual spaces sometimes demand unusual structures to accommodate them.

Published Jun 25, 2007

Photographs show a collection of houses built in unusual places.

Most collections of unusual "Are these real?" type of images usually consist of either all genuine photographs or all digital manipulations. This collection is unusual in that it's just about equally divided between the two categories:












Five of the eleven entries seen above are digital creations taken from various Photoshop contests hosted on the Worth1000 (now DesignCrowd) website, and six of the entries are genuine photographs of real structures from around the world.

Here are the origins of each image, separated by "Fabricated" and "Real" classifications:



  • #2 is the famous "house between the rocks" located in France, along La Côte de Granit Rose in Brittany near Plougrescant.
  • #6 is an unusual treehouse restaurant located in Naha, Okinawa, Japan. The eatery is not actually up a tree, but rather is perched in a concrete stand constructed to resemble a tree. Patrons access the restaurant through an elevator in the "trunk."

  • #9 is a very old mill (believed to date from the 16th century) that lies straddling two piers of an ancient bridge over the Seine River near Vernon, France.
  • #11 is the Dar al-Hajar in Yemen, a rock palace built as summer residence for the Imam Yahya in the 1930s.
  • #7 is the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse, a 19th century structure located in Chesapeake Bay, south of Annapolis, Maryland.

  • #8 is the early 20th century lighthouse of Westerhever, located on the Eiderstedt Peninsula in Germany's Schleswig-Holstein region.


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