Disorienting Upside Down Houses of the World
Imagine your house upside down. You would enter through the attic and climb the stairs to the ground floor. The roof would be partially buried in the ground, while the foundation would become your roof. Many upside down houses are built on a 6% or 7% tilt so they look like they fell from the sky. Walls, floors and ceilings in these tilted houses aren’t perfectly vertical or perfectly horizontal so as well as thinking you are upside down, you’ll feel like the house is moving. It’s little wonder that builders of upside down houses get dizzy and have to take frequent breaks.
Why Upside Down Houses?
Upside down houses are an interesting challenge for builders. They offer a unique perspective on the world for artists. But most important, upside down houses are a great source of tourism dollars wherever they are built.
At least one upside down house is also a political statement. Daniel Czapiewski is the manager of a Polish timber home factory. His company built an upside down house to mock the Communist era in Poland. When touring the house, you can watch propaganda films on the upside down television set.
Upside down houses open to the public can be found in many countries, including: Germany, Canada, the United States, Poland, Spain, Russia, China and Austria.
Some of the upside down houses are nothing more than facades. For example, one house in Brazil looks upside down at the front, but the real entry is at the back and the interior of the house is perfectly normal.
There are several complexities to contend with when building an upside down house. For example, the roof needs to be specially designed to take the weight of an entire house resting on it.
The foundation at the top of the house, which is really a flat roof, has to have a system for getting rid of rainwater.
When it does rain, there is the challenge of preventing water from entering windows. As the design firm, Q-haus explains, “This is usually achieved by using metal sills on the bottom of the windows…but here windows are upside down, so the sills are actually on top and the water drips down into the sill itself making it very complicated to protect the walls.” Double sills solve the problem.
Could You Live in an Upside Down House?
Upside down houses have all of the electricity, heating and ventilation systems of standard houses. However, all of the furniture, including the toilet, hangs upside down over your head.
Check out this article from The Atlantic. Be sure to click on each photograph.
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