This unique home in Minnetrista, Minnesota is officially named “Ensculptic“. I don’t know why the architects of these visual delights always choose cerebral, technical or Greek inspired names. If I ever designed a house like this I would call it “The Big Puffy” or “Toe Fungus” or something like that.
Built in 1969, this cool house features two bedrooms and three bathrooms. It was for sale as recently as 2010, but I can’t find information on if it sold or not.
The potato-colored abode is actually more light and airy (and marshmallow-like) on the interior:
Everything inside is curving and organic – clearly influenced by the funky, futuristic space-aged design of the 1960’s…
I could totally live in a house like this!
I really can’t explain to you what polyurethane foam is because it’s complicated chemistry and I, well, didn’t do too well in those classes in high-school. Suffice it to say that it is a weird combination of unpronounceable chemicals.
They whip it up in a factory and it is used for all kinds of things like skate board wheels, garden hoses, and carpet underlay.
According to the Wikipedia page on polyurethane “Students at Yale University have discovered a fungus that could eat polyurethane“. So perhaps “Fungus Shy” would be a more appropriate name for this house?
In any case, this entire house (with a couple of minor exceptions like the frame) was built with polyurethane foam.
Since the house is so sculptural and has no straight walls, it is very difficult to tell how many square feet the home actually has. The realtor who had it listed in 2010 guesstimated about 4,000 square feet.
This home has been described as “cave-like” but it truly feels more cloud-like to me. Caves are darker and heavier and stonier. This place seems like it could float away.
I’ve featured cave dwellings in the past here on House Crazy (see here) but this foam home is definitely more cream-puff than the dense dark chocolate-iness of a cave house.
(It seems the Siamese cat is doing the house tour for us).
On the house’s website – http://ensculptic.com – there are tons and tons of photos but no commentary so I can’t tell you much more about the house than I already have.
They even have some old black and white photos, presumably from the period when the house was newly built…
Not sure if that guy in the photo was the designer/architect/builder or the original homeowner…
For more information on the Minnesota polyurethane foam house “Ensculptic” see the links below.