Okay, so it looks a little creepy. I get it. And it looks a little like a knot in a tree, or a hunk of a bark, that's fallen to the ground.
But this incredibly curved wooden house in the forest, the so-called “accordion house”, is more than just an aesthetic marvel. It is an off-the-grid green building that is solar powered and sustainably designed. And if that weren't enough, the accordion part comes from a piece of the house that actually accordions out over an adjacent river.
Oh yes it does!
It began as a stream-side fishing shack that, per local building regulations, could not be built more than a few hundred square feet; that explains the Hobbit-esque design aesthetic. See, when in residence, the house accordions out, creating more living space, but when the owners depart, they can retract the house via steel rails with ropes and pulleys, and keep within the restrictions placed on them.
The natural wood exterior will slowly fade to gray and will soon blend even more with the surroundings, like a giant acorn fallen from a mighty oak. Now, to be fair, it is what i would politely call 'roughing it' since there is no running water, no external power, and no phone lines, but.....
All in all, it is an architecturally creative solution that takes into account all kinds of local, regional and global problems. And, after last week's thirty-nine bedroom home, I needed to downsize!