Friday, August 7, 2009

HOMES THAT'S OUT OF THIS WORLD: 5 Unique 'spaceship' homes

Robert Bruno’s Steel House

Robert Bruno’s steel house – a creation that he worked on for more than three decades – rises
tall above the surrounding landscape to give those inside a spectacular view of the nearby lake. Bruno began building his home near Lubbock, Texas in the mid-1970s. Today, its impressive form – part 1950s Chevy, part airplane, part sci-fi spaceship – it is one of the most unique homes in the world. Bruno used 110 tons of steel to complete his vision.

Hollywood's Chemosphere

This futuristic 'chemosphere' home in Beverly Hills is the creation of architect John Lautner. The house was built in 1960 – it was one of the worlds most modern homes at its time. John Lautner didn’t believe that his work was futuristic, his opinion was that good architecture exits out of time. Also called 'the flying saucer house' because of its shape and the fact that it was built the year Kennedy launched the challenge to fly to the moon.

Bart Prince House

This home in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that most people calls 'the spaceship house' or 'bug house' was designed and built by architect Bart Prince in 1983. Prince is renowned for his incredibly creative approach to designing structures. The homes he has created looks nothing like the boxy houses you and I live in; they’re quirky, organic and most definitely one-of-a-kind.

Tennessee’s Flying Saucer House

Beam me up Scotty!

This house in
Chattanooga,Tennessee, is a good example of extremism from the swinging seventies – built in 1970 by Claude King. King was inspired by the recent moonlanding of Neil Armstrong and by the original "Star Trek" TV series. The house is only accessible with an retractable electric staircase. It is the ideal holiday pod for Captain Kirk because he can always pick up chicks by saying: ‘hey, baby, let's go back to my spaceship for a drink’.

Pensacola Beach Flying Saucer House

Take me to your leader

At 1304 Panferio Drive, Pensacola Beach one would find a house so alien that it has it’s own website. Currently it is just an unoccupied space. However the house is in the process of being renovated to look like it’s old unearthly self.


  1. I knew a person who lived in the Hollywood Chemosphere in the '70's. He was a child then. The sad thing was, a party at the home and young kids overloading the little trolley car that took you up to the house from the driveway was a recipe for disaster.

    The kids overloaded the trolley, which broke loose and came screaming down the track, and flew over the wall and driveway to the block wall on the other side.

    Several of the kids were injured and some pretty severly. It was feared that one or two of them may become paralyzed, but we heard some months or years later that they eventually recovered. Thank God!

    The sad thing was, not only the pain and suffering, but the lawsuits that resulted in the family having to sell the home.

    Alas, I knew the person who lived there after the house was sold, so I never got to see the inside!

  2. I would love to live in a spaceship house. Rock on!!