1. Pachyderm-Shaped Pad
Margate, NJ: James Vincent de Paul Lafferty, Jr., the original owner of Lucy the Elephant, thought his whimsical design might lure property buyers to his nearby land holdings back in the 1880s. She didn’t, but some 130 years later, she’s still awesome! Read more about Lucy
2. Beach House Party
Venice Beach, California: This Frank Gehry-designed beach house seems tame compared to the postmodern architect’s curvilinear creations for the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. Read more about The Norton Beach House
3. Teahouse Treehouse
Chino, Japan: Architect Terunobu Fujimori designed this house for his personal use in 2004—and he may not see too many eager visitors, for physical reasons. The treehouse teahouse rests on two chestnut trunks and is accessible only by propping up freestanding ladders. Read more about Tagasuki-an
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