A H.O.U.S.E is made up of habitable objects that are unique, spatial and extraordinary


By Aleksandra Machowiak and Daniel Mizieliński

(Gecko Press, 2010) $39.99 

What exactly is a house? A simple dwelling with a roof and four walls? Sure, if you’re ordinary. But did you know a house can also be a nut, a suitcase, a UFO and even a giant balloon you blow up? In the new book HOUSE, authors Aleksandra Machowiak and Daniel Mizieliński seek to expand perceptions of what a house is, by introducing children to 35 of the more unusual, distinctive and quirky houses found across the globe, detailing the witty inspiration behind each. Take the ‘Suitcase House’ in China for example, which features rooms that only appear as you need them, or the ‘Nut House’, resembling a hazelnut and sitting suspended in the Canadian forest. 

Taking you on architectural journey far and wide—from Poland to Portugal, Iran to Australia—each dwelling comes complete with an array of specially designed icons, allowing you  to at a glance discover the features of the house, like does it use solar energy? Is it located in the city or a small town? Is it made of sand, timber, plastic, steel, or even fabric? Who designed it and when was it built? 

By utilising loads of bright colors, illustrations and funky infographics, the authors make global architecture a fun, accessible and educational experience for children—and as we discovered when the book was in our office—adults too. In fact, one copy is still missing...