It’s a certain fact that man just cannot compete with the beauty of the natural world, try as he might. Instead, he builds his life upon and around it by creating these dwellings which take advantage of the nature’s beauty and uniqueness. Check out some of the interesting natural homes in this gallery!
Montezuma Castle National Monument is a group of ancient dwellings located in Arizona. They were built upon a limestone cliff by the Sinagua people during the pre-colonial era.
Most tree houses or tree dwellings are built high among the branches, but look at this tree differently — this famous baobab tree in Sunland Farm, Limpopo Province in South Africa. Its hollowed-out enormous trunk has been converted into a bar and wine cellar! Yes, you can have some drinks and hang out inside a tree. Understandably, this ages-old tree is a popular tourist attraction.
This famous historical landmark and tourist attraction in Jordan was curved right straight into a big rock (“petra” means “rock” in Greek) at the foot of Jebel-ah Madhbah mountain. Petra is actually an ancient city established by the Nabataeans probably around 5th century B.C. If Petra’s majestic facade is familiar to you, it has been a popular location for film shootings, most notably for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and The Mummy Returns.
The Andalucian pueblo of Setenil de las Bodegas (just near the cliff-top town of Ronda) is famous for its houses that were built underneath the overhang of a massive rock. These curious under-the-rock white houses are a top tourist draw.
Formerly an ancient Greek town named Lycia, Myra is presently located in Turkey’s Antalya Province. Obviously, there are a lot of postcard-pretty ancient ruins (such as the amphitheater which looks over the tomb of Saint Nicholas aka Santa Claus). But the city’s most popular attraction is the necropolis, a series of rock tombs carved right straight onto the cliff faces.
This wooden treehouse is located at a park of the Château de Langeais (a medieval castle) in Loire Valley, France.
This massive but charming treehouse is located at the Alnwick Garden, Northumberland, England. The unique features of this house are the walkways through the shady trees.
Coober Pedy is an opal-mining town in South Australia which is also notorious for its inhospitable heat — it can hit as high as 125 degrees Farenheit.
The severe heat has forced its residents to build underground structures, which they call “dugouts,” where the temperature is much cooler. It has become some sort of a mini-underground village which includes a mansion, a church, a jewelry shop, pubs and restaurants.
Sassi di Matera is a series of ancient cave dwellings located in Matera, a city in the region of Basilicata, southern Italy. This area was the home of the troglodytes (cave-dwellers) who were allegedly the first people to settle in Italy. In this picture is a snug-looking underground house in Sassi de Matera.
Igloos are typically built with snow and mostly used as temporary dwellings by Inuit hunters. However, a lot of people build igloos as permanent or semi-permanent shelters. Often there are Inuit villages consisting of groups of igloos.
Malator is the name of the earth house located in Druidston, Pembrokeshire, Wales. Future Systems is the architectural firm who designed this futuristic-looking house. It is also referred to as a “Teletubby house” which resembles the earth houses in the hit children’s TV series Teletubbies.
An earth house is a type of dwelling that uses the natural terrain to form the walls and the ceiling/roof of the house. Earth houses are popular in modern-day architecture because they’re eco-friendly and energy-efficient. In this picture is an earth house in Switzerland designed by Swiss architect Peter Vetsch.