House-Shaped Houses

From Ishikawa's Ouchi-1 House to Herzog & De Meuron's Rudin House, this selection of homes takes the fundamental notion of house and turns it into a work of art, absent any kitsch

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Ask a child to draw you a house and the design will most likely turn out looking like some of these homes. Architects note historical roots and environmental advantages, but house-shaped houses also touch on a feeling deep inside us about what a house -- and essentially our home -- should look like. The iconic quality of the archetype house is so strong it has transformed it into a pictogram as readable as the word itself.

View the complete OpenBuildings collection: House-Shaped Houses.

Image: Taisuke Inatsugu -- Shinkenchiku-sha Co.

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