Bolwoningen Houses, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

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If Lewis Carroll’s Alice wandered into a 1960s sci-fi flick, she might have come across
something like these bulbous houses. The residents live inside bizarre-looking bubbles (small ones,
at 18 feet across) with UFO-like windows.

The Ugly Truth: In the late 1970s, the Dutch government offered subsidies for
experimental housing, and the architect—one Dries Kreijkamp—certainly complied with the
directive. The 50 bolwoningen (bol = sphere, woningen = houses) sprouted up in a city
that seems to infect artists with a fantastical streak; it’s the hometown of Hieronymus
Bosch, the 15th-century painter known for his half-dream, half-nightmare-like
renderings.

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Bolwoningen Houses, Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

If Lewis Carroll’s Alice wandered into a 1960s sci-fi flick, she might have come across
something like these bulbous houses. The residents live inside bizarre-looking bubbles (small ones,
at 18 feet across) with UFO-like windows.

The Ugly Truth: In the late 1970s, the Dutch government offered subsidies for
experimental housing, and the architect—one Dries Kreijkamp—certainly complied with the
directive. The 50 bolwoningen (bol = sphere, woningen = houses) sprouted up in a city
that seems to infect artists with a fantastical streak; it’s the hometown of Hieronymus
Bosch, the 15th-century painter known for his half-dream, half-nightmare-like
renderings.

Katie Maxey [1] [1] http://www.flickr.com/meandthekid/

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