This is a guest post from Antonina of OpenBuildings - a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of buildings from around the world. 

Ask a child to draw you a house and the design will most likely turn out akin to some of the houses below. Far apart from their historical roots and environmental advantages, the house shaped houses touch on a notion deeply rooted in our genes of what the house – and essentially our home – looks like. The iconic quality of the archetype house is so strong it has transformed it into a pictogram as readable as the word ‘house’ itself. And hopefully, today’s pick of house-inspired houses comes as a proof that a house could feel just as housy, iconic and lovable even when stripped off all retro decor normally associated with historical houses.

Herzog & de Meuron: Rudin House

10 House Inspired Housesimage: flickr user bjdica

dRMM: Sliding House

10 House Inspired Housesimage: Alex de Rijke

Hitoshi Wakamatsu Architect & Associates: Tokyo Court House

10 House Inspired Housesimage: Taisuke Inatsugu – Shinkenchiku-sha Co.

Formalhaut – Seifert+Stoeckmann: Living Room

10 House Inspired Housesimage: Seifert+Stoeckmann

Moomoo Architects: L House

10 House Inspired Housesimage: Moomoo Architects

Fantastic Norway: House of Families

10 House Inspired Housesimage: Fantastic Norway

MVRDV: Balancing Barn

10 House Inspired Housesimage: Edmund Sumner

Jun Ishikawa: OUCHI-01 House

10 House Inspired Housesimage: Hiroshi Ueda

Cebra: Sinus House

10 House Inspired Housesimage: Kaj Lergaard

Herzog & de Meuron: VitraHaus

10 House Inspired Housesimage: Iwan Baan www.iwan.com; copyright: Vitra