With its otherworldly circular windows and totally angle-less interiors, this cluster of white "bubble houses" designed by Swiss architect Pascal Haüsermann was considered quite innovative when it opened as a motel in 1966. Yet amidst a few change of hands, the Museumotel gradually fell into decay. In 2003, a new owner completely restored the place into a private residence, but quickly sold it again. That's when the secluded "village" became a hip motel once more, offering travelers themed rooms like a "Love Bubble," "Fifties Bubble," and "Zen Bubble." But soon, there could be a new chapter to Museumotel's story: the whole compound (that's one main building and nine smaller bungalows in all) has been hauled onto the market for roughly $907,000.
Sitting on a small woodsy island in northeastern France, Museumotel is now a protected monument, with Haüsermann's original design details still intact. The 1,600-square-foot main building holds a reception area and kitchen on the first floor and a spacious dining room upstairs. Six of the smaller bungalows come in at 270 square feet, with a bedroom and bathroom fit for two people. With two bedrooms spread over 380 square feet, each of the remaining three dwellings can hold up to five people.
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