The inspiration for this post came from a story I read about a mushroom house in Bethesda, Maryland, that recently sold for $920,000. After reading this story, I became curious to see if other mushroom-shaped houses exist. They do!
Mushroom House, Cincinnati
Here is some background information about this house from curbed.com:
Part Tim Burton, part Pixar, and every bit bonkers, Cincinnati’s well-known, much-loved Mushroom House was designed by the late architect Terry Brown with help from 35 of his former students from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning. The team built the one-bedroom, one-bathroom, 1,260-square-foot residence using the sort of quirky materials Brown grew famous for: metal, wood, glass, shell, and ceramics. . . .
Source: “Inside Cincy’s Magical and Tripped-Out “Mushroom House” by Sarah Firshein – curbed.com (also contains additional photos)
Mushroom House, New York
Atlas Obscura describes this house as follows:
The structure was designed by architect James H. Johnson for Robert and Marguerite Antell. Ground was broken in 1970 and after several failed attempts the original structures were completed in 1972. The 4½ pods are constructed of concrete and polyurethane and stand on fourteen 20-foot stems of steel-reinforced concrete. Mrs. Antell, a potter, was very much involved with the construction and among other things personally hand crafted and fired over 9,000 ceramic tiles which are found throughout.
This mushroom house is for sale, and it even has its own website.
Mushroom House, Korea
I could not find any background information about this particular mushroom house.
Besides mushroom houses, I also discovered some mushroom-shaped kiosks. I noticed the words imbisse and imbiss on them and had no idea what these words meant. I looked them up and found out that they are German words for snack bars. According to an article I read in the New York Times called “Street Food With Ambition in Berlin” by Gisela Williams, imbisse is “a word that encompasses everything from sidewalk stalls that sell currywurst (sliced sausage smothered with curry powder and ketchup) to holes in the wall that serve Turkish döner kebabs (thick pita sandwiches stuffed with shaved meat, salad and yogurt sauce).” Williams further notes that imbiss is the singular form of imbisse.
I hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of some mushroom-shaped buildings from around the world. 🙂