Unique Homes

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Tree trunk garden house in Hilversum, Netherlands is a house made from logs. The home is all carved from stack of logs which is truly an inspiration for those who think that the wooden houses are not appealing. Designed by Piet Hein Eek, the house is constructed at the edge of the woods. The house is fully ventilated with the sliding windows that are fitted into specially designed frames made from simple plastic and steel. Truly a remarkable architecture with the appealing look!

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Tomb Raiders - Residents climb into their houses atop gravestones inside a cemetery in Manila. Many poor urban dwellers make their homes in public cemeteries, converting abandoned tombs and mausoleums into houses.

Divine Reality - Dolores Cruz watches television inside her makeshift house next to a tomb inside a cemetery in Manila.

Walled - Brazilian artists Tiago Primo (top) and his brother Gabriel hang out at a wall in Rio de Janeiro. The bizarre vertical "house" built on a climbing wall by the artists has been drawing the attention of thousands who walk by the installation in the city's downtown neighbourhood.

Very Moving - A Kosovo Albanian child sits outside his grandfather's house with a car door used for a window in Pristina.

Crafty - Craftsman Evgeny Smolik walks through the richly ornamented gates of his house in the Siberian village of Irbeyskoe some 180 km (112 miles) east of Krasnoyarsk. Smolik, a self-educated craftsman, adorned his 19th century village house and its interior with a wide range of wood carvings and hand crafted furniture in fantasy designs that are inspired by the traditional Russian Lubok print, surrealism, fairy tales and his personal sense of humour.

2 Crafty - The world's most unusual homes Larger image A cat sits on a post in front of Evgeny Smolik's house

Oasis - A tourist walks to a yurt in Tengeri Desert, on the outskirts of Zhongwei, China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

Nile - A man walks after praying outside a floating shack on a fish farm on the delta of the Nile River.

Self Contained - Potential buyers stand with an agent on the balcony of a three-bedroom home made from four old shipping containers in Sydney. The two-storey mobile home also includes two bathrooms, timber floors, air-conditioning, a kitchen, laundry, balcony and sewage treatment tank, which can be pulled apart in less than a day for ease of transportation.

Inside Story - Agent Bob Allan walks through the three-bedroom home made from shipping containers.

Cave house - A woman from the ethnic Hazara minority stands in front of her cave home in Bamiyan, some 240 km (150 miles) northwest of Kabul.

Clay Men - A worker decorates a house with ceramic chips in Tianjin. The house cost some 500 million yuan ($65 million) to build and contains more than 400 million pieces of porcelain.

Modern What! - A lavatory-shaped home is seen in this computer graphic image released in Seoul.

Got U - Thierry Atta sweeps the courtyard of his house built in the shape of a crocodile in Ivory Coast's capital Abidjan.

Precisely - A view of about 70 domes houses, which were built by U.S. based Domes for the World, for villagers who lost their houses to an earthquake in Sumberharjo village, near Indonesia's ancient city of Yogyakarta.

General view of a tree-house in Le Pian Medoc, southwestern France.

Cave Dugouts - A general view shows homes in the village of Kandovan, 650 km northwest of Tehran. Kandovan is a village where homes are dug out of the rock formations in the foothills of the Sahand mountain.

Heirloom - The world's most unusual homes Larger image Zhao Zhenli, 54, stands at the entrance to his cave where he lives in Gao Ling at the outskirts of Xi'an at Northwest China's Shaanxi province. The caves were dug and still in use for residential purposes since at least 200 years ago, a local resident said.

Inside Outside - Shi Hao, 17, watches television in the cave where he lives in Gao Ling at the outskirts of Xi'an in Shaanxi province.

Occupied - Chen Yu prepares supper as his wife Zhang sits on the bed at home, in a waste cellar used to store vegetables in Changchun.

Ice Ice baby - Visitors walk inside a house constructed entirely of ice as part of a promotion for a German bank in Berlin. The house is made of some 1,000 ice blocks, with all interior appliances, furnishings and decoration encased within or made from ice.

Fairy Tale - Picture shows garden gnomes in front of a handmade house at a private garden in Lindau at lake Constance. The first garden gnomes were introduced to the United Kingdom in 1847 by Sir Charles Isham, when he brought 21 terracotta figures back from a trip to Germany. Garden gnomes are a popular accessory in many German gardens.

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Hotel Made of Salt

Please don’t lick the walls! Someone put up the warning note on the bulletin board of a hotel in Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia — a hotel made entirely of salt. Salar de Uyuni, a pre-historic lake near the Chilean border, rests 12,500 feet above sea level. Thousands of tourists flock each year to stay in such hotels and see flamingos, giant cacti, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes and colourful ponds.

Tourists walk inside a salt hotel located in the entrance of the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The hotels are constructed mainly of bricks of salt, and are visited by thousands of tourists throughout the year. AFP

Tourists visit a salt hotel in the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. The construction of salt serves as an insulator to withstand the low temperatures at night in Uyuni. The nights are cold throughout the year, with temperatures between -9 and 5 °C. AFP

Tourists eat inside a salt hotel in the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. The salt flats are a major tourist attraction in Bolivia, with around 60,000 tourists visiting them every year, where one can find various types of flamingos, giant cacti, geysers, hot springs, volcanoes and colourful ponds. AFP

A bedroom inside a salt hotel in the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. Salar de Uyuni is the largest salt flat in the world at 4,085 miles. The Salar was formed as a result of transformations between several prehistoric lakes. AFP

Tourists visit a salt hotel located in the entrance of the salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. The large area, clear skies and exceptional surface flatness make the Salar ideal object for calibrating the altimeters of the Earth observation satellites. AFP

A local native walks outside a salt hotel in the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia. The first such hotel was erected in 1993-1995 in the middle of the salt flat, and soon became a popular tourist destination. The Salar serves as the major transport route across the Bolivian Altiplano and is a major breeding ground for several species of pink flamingos. AFP

With estimated 5.4 million tonnes, Bolivia holds about half of the world's lithium reserves; most of those are located in the Salar de Uyuni. Salar de Uyuni is estimated to contain 10 billion tonnes of salt, of which less than 25,000 tonnes is extracted annually. AFP


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