7 Unusual Roofs in the UK04 January 2017

Gone are the days of pitched slate roofs – hello innovation


The crowning glory to your home just has to be your roof – but some homes have taken this a step further than others!


Take a look at some of the most unusual roofs we found across the UK – can your roof compete with these?

A Shark’s Tail

How many people can boast a shark sticking out of their roof? Not many, I bet, even in Australia!

For this strange spectacle head to Headington near Oxford and feast your eyes on what can only be a one-off. First appearing in 1986, it is originally put in place to commemorate the use of atomic weaponry on Nakasaki.

Now it is an interesting folly with different symbolisms.

(image http://britainexplorer.com/ten-strange-uk-houses/)


A Panoramic View

Martello Tower House at Bawdsey sports a roof with a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

Built from an old fort, this home has been cleverly designed in conjunction with heritage organisations, to make the most of what is on offer. The parasol domed roof, when lit up at night, has the feel of a flying saucer rising out of the mist.

Don’t be fooled; aliens haven’t yet landed in Suffolk.

(image http://britainexplorer.com/ten-strange-uk-houses/)


A Fruity Roof

Fancy having a pineapple sitting on top of your home? The Pineapple House at Dunmore has just that.

Built to pay homage to the humble pineapple and its natural ability to last, it features architecture and masonry of an exceptional standard.

A fresh pineapple may not last as long as this unusual roof, but it’s certainly as exquisite.

(image http://britainexplorer.com/ten-strange-uk-houses/)


Birds at Home

Eco-friendly roofs are appearing more often these days, but this development deserves a mention in our list due to the secondary housing you’ll find on top.

Not only do these houses in Crabtree Place in London feature grass covered roofs, but they are also home to several nesting boxes for birds.

Welcome to your new home!

(image http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/property/expat-property/8734821/Top-homes-with-unusual-roofs.html)


A Bit of a Squint

This slightly eccentric house is topped by a roof that doesn’t meet any architect’s straight lines.

Found in Cynefin, the quirkiness of this roof, with its asymmetric lines, put it firmly into the unusual roofs category.

Don’t worry, you’re not losing your eyesight – the roof really does follow that line!

(Image http://www.homesandproperty.co.uk/luxury/property/britains-most-unusual-homes-45266.html#gallery)


The Gherkin

It’s hard to say where the sides of the Gherkin finish and the roof begins. Are the sides the roof, or is it the little point on the top?

Whatever the answer, this iconic London landmark definitely deserves its place in the unusual roofs list.

(image http://www.thegherkinlondon.com/)


Dragons Do Exist

This intricately designed house in Westwall has a slightly oriental feel about it, which disappears when you see the dragon perching on the top of the tower.

Keep looking – it may take flight…

(Image http://metro.co.uk/2014/07/07/13-unusual-places-you-can-stay-with-airbnb-in-the-uk-4786680/)


Do you have any more unusual roofs to add to our list?


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