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.
OpenBuildings is a community-driven and openly editable encyclopaedia of contemporary and conceptual architecture from around the world that exists as a website and application for iPhone, and recently – Android, which enable users to find, learn about and share nearby buildings of architectural merit.