So many homes around the world — types of houses
As a tourist, I’ve seen a lot of different types of houses in different countries, and even lived in some of them for a while. I think that traditional buildings are keys to understanding customs and views of the world in any country. If you agree, keep on reading!
Every country has some uniqueness in the houses built there. Let’s have a look at different kinds of houses in different countries.
#1 Korowai Tree House, New Guinea
The Korowai tribe lives in the most remote regions of New Guinea. They live in harmony with nature in their treetop houses. These houses are built among branches of strong trees mainly for protection against wild animals. Nowadays tourists stay in them for fun and adventure.
The Explorers had the privilege of filming the construction of these architectural masterpieces
#2 Chalet, the European Alps
Chalet houses are also called “Swiss chalets”. They are typical of the Alpine region in Europe. Originally this type of houses was used as seasonal farms for dairy cattle during the summer months and remained locked and unused during the winter months. However, nowadays everything has changed. With the emergence of the Alpine travel business, chalets were transformed into holiday homes used by ski and hiking enthusiasts.
#3 Minka, Japan
These are traditional houses in Japan. The word “minka” literally means “a house of the people.” In the old days houses like these were home to most people. Minka is the Japanese name for the dwellings of 18th-century farmers, merchants, and artisans. The size, construction and decoration of a minka was dependent upon its location, climate, and social status of its owner. Almost all minkas have raised floors with a built-in hearth.
What a backyard!
#4 Mudhif, Southern Pats of Iraq
It is a traditional house made of reeds. Such houses have been built by the Madan people mostly in the swamps of southern Iraq for at least 5,000 years. In the traditional Madan way of living, houses are constructed from reeds harvested from the marshes where they live.
The central “mudhif” in Chibayish
#5 Igloo, Canada's Central Arctic
An igloo is a type of shelter built of snow. This material is used because it’s not an area known for its forests. So nomadic hunters learned to build with the only thing available — snow. Igloos are ancient dwellings that were used for permanent winter housing. Today people pay to spend nights in igloos.
Example of a Village Igloo
#6 Yurt, Central Asia
For centuries yurts have been home to herders on the Asian plateau. This shelter is practical, movable and stable in any weather. Traditional yurts consist of an expanding wooden circular frame carrying a felt cover made from the wool of sheep. A yurt is designed to be carried compactly on camels or yaks to be rebuilt on another site. This type of houses has become popular today: people use them as studio spaces or second homes.
Yurts in Tajikistan
Have you ever heard of these types of houses? Would you spend a night in some of them? Which houses would you add to this list? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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