The Peculiar Globe Housing of Holland

At first glance, the buildings of Bolwoningen look like pods abandoned long ago by their alien pilots. In reality, they are just another product of the wacky architectural exploration of the 1980s.

Constructed in 1984, Bolwoningen, or Globe Housing, was built on a large subsidy given to the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch by the Dutch government. It was the brainchild of the experimental architect Dries Kreijkamp. The wacky bauble-like designs were meant to allow the residents to fully take in nature with circular windows surrounding the entire upper floor. Thanks to the close proximity of the other buildings, there was a pretty good view into the neighbor's living quarters as well.

The small structures are only about 18 feet across, but somehow fit two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, and living room. The bedrooms are on the first floor, with kitchen and bathroom on the second floor. The top floor's living room offers a panoramic view of the outside.

Though today they're more than 30 years old, there are still people living inside these Jetsons-esque buildings. 




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13 Unbelievable Unfinished Projects

The National Monument of Scotland.
The National Monument of Scotland.

Sometimes, your 10-hour movie adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel Dune—set to star Mick Jagger, Salvador Dalí, and Orson Welles—simply never ends up panning out (looking at you, Alejandro Jodorowsky).

For every building built, painting painted, and film filmed, there are countless others that fall by the wayside for some reason or another. On this episode of The List Show, Mental Floss editor-in-chief Erin McCarthy has scoured the margins of history to tell the most fascinating stories of projects left unfinished. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Grim Reaper is often to blame; Jane Austen gave up on Sanditon not long before her death, and Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away the same day Elizabeth Shoumatoff was trying to paint his portrait. Other projects proved too expensive to finish—like Cincinnati’s subway system.

So what happens to all the novels with no endings and tunnels with no trains? Press play below to find out, and explore other episodes of The List Show on the Mental Floss YouTube channel.