1. House Attack (Viena, Austria)
Erwin Wurm is a renowned Austrian sculptor and these pictures show 'House Attack' which was one of his more eye-catching installations. It was attached to the exterior of the biggest Austrian museum for international modern and contemporary art, MUMOK, to open Wurm's Keep A Cool Head exhibition in 2006.
House Attack Video
MUMOK's website describes the meaning behind the installation: “A symbol for conservative, small minded longings, the single-family house collides into the museum as a temple to the muses, and the museum itself now also becomes part of the sculpture.” The museum itself is a dark closed block clad entirely in Basalt-lava-stone and designed by Ortner and Ortner.
2. House 1 (Dietikon, Switzerland)
Compared to traditional residential houses built on the ground, the aim of building an earth house is another: Not to live under or in the ground, but with it. The earth-house concept uses the ground as an insulating blanket that efficiently protects it from rain, low temperatures, wind and natural abrasion. An earth house does not have to be built under the ground, it can be placed onto naturally grown terrain.
The earth house concept uses its surroundings as an advantage – the surroundings are not adapted to the building, the house is shaped in order to preserve the natural environment.
3. Cubic Houses (Kubus woningen) (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Designed by Piet Blom in 1984, the cubic houses are one of the most famous buildings in the world. The 32 houses are tilted 45 degrees, contain 3 floors and have a total area of 100 square metres.
The concept behind these cube houses is that Piet Blom tries to create a forest with each cube representing a tree, therefore the whole village becomes a forest.