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5 wacky houses from around the globe

By Business Insider | December 28, 2014 04:00PM

“Home” can mean a wide array of things. Far more than four walls and a roof, home is a sanctuary and a shelter. No two are the same. And some are more unique than others.

From domes to caves, treehouses to igloos, people across the globe live in unconventional dwellings. Here are some of the strangest.

This house in Abuja, Nigeria, is partially built in the shape of an airplane. The house was built by Said Jammal for his wife, Liza, to commemorate her love for travel.

Seen here, workers demolish a privately-built villa, surrounded by imitation rocks, on the rooftop of a 26-story residential building in Beijing in August of 2013. The elaborate villa, complete with a garden, was built illegally on top of a Beijing apartment block, was demolished within 15 days.

Not to be outdone by the previous Chinese sky high dwellings, these precarious-looking houses were built on the rooftop of a factory building in in Dongguan, China. The houses were completed two years ago. According to local media, the government said the size of the houses was not in line with the original design submitted, thus the construction should be deemed illegal.

This house, built upside-down in Russia’s Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, was constructed as an attraction for local residents and tourists. The rooms inside are all upside-down as well.

These roughly 70 dome houses were built by U.S.-based company Domes for the World for villagers who lost their houses to last year’s earthquake in Indonesia’s ancient city of Yogyakarta.