Five Houses Made with Unusual Materials

Five Houses Made with Unusual Materials

1. Worth Every Penny?


This incredible property, built by Chinese collector Zhang Lianzhi in Tianjin, China, features over 400 million porcelain fragments, 5,000 ancient vases, 4,000 antique china dishes and over 20 tons of crystalline rocks. It also features around 400 white marble stone carvings in the five year long refurbishment of this unique piece of architecture. It’s currently valued at a staggering £55 million, but we’ve never seen another property like it.

2. “Imagine how much fun we had sourcing the building materials!”


This ‘Beer Can House’ in Houston, Texas, was created by John Milkovisch. The house and surrounding landscape are decorated with thousands of different beer cans that John and his neighbours enjoyed drinking!

3. Just don’t look at the electricity bill…


This incredible picture comes from the “Light House” in Drensteinfurt, Germany, where the house’s owner Gisbert Hiller has decorated the property with more than 420,000 mini bulbs running on their own generator. While not technically made out of lights, it can certainly appear that way, particularly at night.

4. A well-seasoned property


Salt is plentiful in Bolivia, plentiful enough that someone has actually managed to build a hotel from it. In the Bolivian desert region where the salt flats exist, the dry conditions mean this unique property can exist in a way it wouldn’t in most other places in the world. The hotel is constructed using blocks of salt cut from the salt flats, with each salt brick able to be fused to another by wetting the edge and pressing them together.
As an additional bonus, at least you know the restaurant will never run out of seasoning!

5. Living on a wing and a prayer


We’ve heard of a few people having to live in their car when hard times hit, but it’s a slightly different proposition to live in your plane. That said, it’s not as outlandish as it might seem at first, with aeroplanes known for their robust design, which actually makes for very good building materials. A plane exterior is strong and weatherproof, while the interior is spacious once the seats and storage compartments are taken out. It’s actually also relatively cheap to buy an old passenger jet. With retired planes of no value except for scrap metal, they’re becoming increasingly affordable, with a few companies now specialising in converting planes into homes.