Thursday, April 28, 2011

This 'n That Thursdays: "By the Sea, by the Sea, by the Beautiful Sea..."


Okay, this beach house may be pure fantasy, but there actually are some outrageously unusual seaside abodes out there!


This one, for example, really does sit perched upon a tiny rock island off the coast of Rhode Island in Narragansett Bay.  Called, quite appropriately, Clingstone House, this cedar-clad home was built in 1905 and is owned by a retired architect.

From Wikimedia Commons

While this unusual structure in its snowy setting may look like something from outer space, it is actually located in Binz, Germany, the largest seaside resort on the island of Rugen.

From ArchDaily

Architecturally conceived to compliment its setting where the desert meets the ocean, the breathtaking Lefevre House in Punta Misterio, Peru, cantilevers out over a rocky cliff above the ocean.

From This Old House

The oceanfront Mushroom House was built in 1965 for potato chip baron Sam Bell, who requested a futuristic-looking, earthquake-proof design.  I think he got what he asked for!

From Wayfaring Travel Guide

The Conch Shell House, located on Isla Mujeres, Mexico, was designed and built by famous artist Octavo Ocampo.  With its 180-degree ocean views and seashell-inspired design incorporating over 4,000 locally collected shells, this vacation rental home certainly promises a unique getaway experience!

There are so many more examples this post could practically go on forever.  While I am not really a beach person (I prefer the mountains) I do appreciate unique and even quirky architecture, and the coast seems to have more than its fair share of unusual homes!

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