The Snail House - Escargots Not Welcome!

By Kavi Dolasia on September 7, 2012

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Over the years, we have told you about numerous amazing architectural designs ranging from China's Lucky Coin building to Copenhagen's Interactive Children's Pavilion but none, is as creative, environmentally friendly and unusual as Bulgaria's Snail House!

As the name indicates the one-of-a-kind house designed by local architect Simeon Simeonov looks as though the mollusk is crawling on the street's sidewalk except for the fact, that it is a little larger and a tad more colorful than the real deal.

And while at first glance it may look just like a decorative structure, a closer examination reveals some amazingly cool features. The bee perched on top of the house doubles up as the chimney, whilst the snail horns act not only as night lights but also, lightning arresters!  As for the snail's drooping eyelids? They are camouflaged ventilation holes for air and gas. And if the house itself does not bring a smile on the visitor's face, the mouth-shaped door complete with red lips, will definitely do the job.

And that's just the exterior. Dig deeper and you will find even more amazing green architecture. Built from concrete that is four times lighter than water, this cleverly built structure that has no sharp edges, is also extremely energy efficient. What's even more fun is that the Snail House apparently also features some fun animals inside, including radiators shaped in the form of frogs, ladybugs and pumpkins!

Fittingly enough, the building was constructed at a 'snail's pace' - taking about ten years to complete. It opened its doors to the public in 2009 and is today, amongst Sofia's most popular tourist attractions. Future plans for this building include using it as a school for the gifted or, just keeping it as a tourist destination. But wait..... the fun doesn't stop here! Encouraged by the success of his unusual structure, the architect is planning on introducing a giant turtle and dinosaur house to the neighborhood. We for one, can't wait to see them!

Resources: Zimbio.com

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  • calebWednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:31 am
    nooooooooooooo way is that cool
    • calebWednesday, April 22, 2015 at 8:30 am
      not even close to cool
      • diamondkid
        diamondkidFriday, February 27, 2015 at 5:25 pm
        Very cool house!
        • animefan3
          animefan3Friday, February 20, 2015 at 6:56 am
          What in the world
          • bigmelo
            bigmeloFriday, February 20, 2015 at 5:09 am
            This article has inspired me to create a metal-welded snail! Don't worry - I'll be using different hues of various metal to make it colorful. I'll name it the 'Cochleas Ferrum', derived from the Latin term for 'Iron Snail'. Cool, right?
            • crystalmori
              crystalmoriFriday, February 20, 2015 at 3:43 pm
              Very cool. I love naming things after words in other languages. Latin especially is a very interesting one. Maybe after I know more Japanese, I'll start learning Latin. :) That would be fun.
            • HippieTuesday, November 4, 2014 at 12:44 pm
              Wish I had this house
              • Snail-HouseWednesday, May 14, 2014 at 4:53 pm
                Best House Ever!
                • CoolWednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:21 am
                  Cool house
                  • jesus12345
                    jesus12345Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:00 am
                    so not cool
                    • JacksonSunday, November 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm
                      Cool- j

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