Austrian upside-down house wows visitors

Nadine Bells
Shine On
May 7, 2012

"Dancing On the Ceiling" is now more than just a Lionel Richie song. In one Austrian house, the ceiling is the only place you can dance.

The house looks like its been uprooted and flipped by a storm of supernatural strength. Instead, the quirky upside-down Austrian home is the ingenious work of Polish architects Irek Glowacki and Marek Rozhanski.

See a photo gallery of the house here.

The tourist attraction in Terfens-Vomperbach, Tyrol, took eight months to build and furnish, with every element carefully installed upside down. A porch is suspended in the air, a car is parked on the garage ceiling, and the main entrance is through an "upstairs" window.

Even the kids' bedrooms have toy-cluttered ceilings. Thankfully, the toilets are not running.

Related: IKEA plans to build an entire neighbourhood in East London

The gravity-defying house opened to the public this month and became an instant hit.

On April 29, the popular Discovery Channel television show "Mythbusters" successfully used superglue to adhere an entire room's worth of furniture to the ceiling to create their own upside-down space. Their test, while impressive, was hardly this charming.

It's fun to see everyday living from a new perspective — literally — but the flipped house doesn't exactly inspire take-home decor ideas. When it comes to living in a surreal space, the "Up" house is still a little more liveable than the upside-down one.

Perhaps instead of an upside-down house, you'd prefer a more zen one? See the video below for some tips from designer Laura Morris on how to add Feng Shui into your house.

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