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The interior of one of the homes in Zalissya.


Zalissya is located just south of the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant and within the 30-km exclusion zone. I am curious to see where people once lived and what has become of their homes.

Casa Batlló


Casa Batlló was designed by Antoni Gaudí, of La Sagrada Familia fame, and is considered one of his masterpieces. UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site.

It’s believed the first tube houses appeared on the scene as early as the 15th century.


What Vietnam's tube houses lack in width, they make up for in depth, stretching back as much as 230 feet, and height – five to seven storeys high is not unusual.

The Dymaxion House (the house of the future) on display at The Henry Ford, a museum complex in Michigan.


The Dymaxion House was conceived by architect R. Buckminster Fuller as the home of the future. It was designed in 1946 to be the “strongest, lightest and most cost-effective housing ever built.

It’s worth walking around the Wall House to see it from various angles. (Photo: Diane Slawych)


“What normal family can live in such a house?” shrugs tour guide Titus Akkermans. No doubt about it, Wall House 2, located in the residential neighbourhood of Hoornse Meer in the Dutch city of Groningen, is an unusual structure.

Visitors to Kinderdijk can walk or cycle along a path between the 19 windmills that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.


If there’s one building type that defines Holland more than any other, it’s the windmill. But for Peter Paul Klapwijk, the iconic Dutch structure is the place he and his family call home.


I’ve been through stuff that people who aren’t in this game wouldn’t believe, let alone understand. A story comes to mind of a showing that ended up showing a lot more than expected.

Quirky homes


The world is full of quirky homes, something the average traveler eventually discovers. Some houses are perched on towering rocks in the middle of rivers, others border the sides of steep cliffs, while some are so tiny that you’re forced to hunch over when you go inside.