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A Peek at H.O.U.S.E., a Madcap Guide to Crazy Architecture

Illustrations courtesy of HarperCollins

Here's a look at H.O.U.S.E.: Homes That Are Outrageous, Unbelievable, Spectacular, and Extraordinary: 35 Designs for Fantastic Living, written and illustrated by Polish graphic design team Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski. Released earlier this month by a division of HarperCollins, the book contains illustrated versions of 35 homes around the world, including Shigeru Ban's Curtain House in Japan, Kengo Kuma's Inflatable House in Germany, and Drew Heath's ZigZag cabin in the Australian Outback.

A bit from the introduction:

"The world is full of houses: big ones and small ones, high ones and low ones, pretty ones and ugly ones. We see them every day and in some of them we spend a great deal of our lives. In fact, we are so used to houses that we barely notice them anymore, nor do we ask ourself where they come from and why they look the way they do. This book was made to change all that, and to show you that a house can be something extraordinary and fascinating because incredible, jaw-dropping houses really exist—not only in fairy tales and movies!"

Above, select pages from H.O.U.S.E. for your perusing pleasure.

· H.O.U.S.E.: Homes That Are Outrageous, Unbelievable, Spectacular, and Extraordinary: 35 Designs for Fantastic Living [Amazon.com]