The New York Times has some nice photos of the round house (actually, double-round house, with super-cool round carport) that famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed in 1948. It’s now on the market for $1.5 million.

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halfway to infinity

January 18, 2018 — 1 Comment

Jack Lenor Larsen, a pioneering textile designer, designed and built a round house in East Hampton, NY, in the early 1960s –


The house was inspired by his 1961 trip to South Africa, where he saw some of the traditional round houses of the Ndebele people. In an interview conducted years after he sold the house, Larsen described his design process, and some of his thoughts on living in the round –

[W]ith a round house, you can make a compass out of a piece of string, and Win and I said, “Well, here’s the main house; here’s the guest house; there’s the studio and tool garden.” Rounds and rounds and rounds – obsessively round …

Round rooms are very interesting, because you define space by corners and a round room is halfway to infinity. It does have a floor and ceiling, but it was special.

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pleasantly round

December 3, 2017 — 1 Comment

A beautiful double-round house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is now for sale in Pleasantville, New York. Built in the late 1940s, the house’s circular design prefigures the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.






The asking price is $1.5 million.

casa rotonda

November 13, 2017 — 1 Comment

An interesting and somewhat mysterious round house, crowned by a distinctive cupola-style lookout, in the town of Cornuda, Italy –


romanian circle house

November 13, 2017 — 1 Comment

In Bucharest, Romania, a circle house from architects Razvan Barsan & Partners –

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battersea mews

April 21, 2017 — 1 Comment

In London, just off Battersea High Street, an oval house for sale

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The round house in Granbury, Texas, must have been something to see in its day.

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Built and designed in 1905 by local banker John E. Brown, it was a mansion with 14 rooms, including a hexagonal grand hall that measured 32 feet across. Each room was finished with a different kind of imported wood, with oak in the dining room, and bird’s eye maple elsewhere. The music room had a concert-size grand piano that had been brought from New York to New Orleans by boat, then overland to Granbury via a wagon pulled by mules.


Unfortunately after WWII the house fell into disrepair. It was occasionally rented by churches because of its large meeting hall, but often left vacant. It was torn down in the 1960s by a builder who bought it in order to scavenge its materials.

modern yurt

December 16, 2016 — 1 Comment

The Jero Shelter, a modern yurt from German designer Uula Jero


origiinal yurt

Made of canvas, marine plywood, stainless steel hardware, and polyester rope, it can be built by three people in around 2 hours.



Buy one.

dome home

December 1, 2016 — 1 Comment

Dome for sale in Topanga Canyon.

Shaped like the Hollywood idea of a flying saucer, the Futuro is a prefab, portable, fiberglass-reinforced polyester plastic vacation home


futuro house

Somewhere between 80 and 96 Futuros were built in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but at least eight have been demolished. Atlas Obscura has put together a map of every known Futuro House left in the world.