You've no doubt heard of the Winchester Mystery Mansion in San Jose, but that's far from the only home with staircases to nowhere. And with pointless stairs, windows extending past the sides of the walls and synthetic grass lining the outer walls, this residence in Frohnleiten, Austria may be even stranger than Mrs. Winchester's mansion. In fact, it looks more like an MC Escher painting than a home.
There are so many strikingly strange details in this home, designed by Reinhold Weichlbauer and Albert Josef Ortis of Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, that it actually takes a while to notice them all. The first thing your eye sees, of course, is the bright green artificial grass laid out along the entire side of the structure.
Then you start to notice the areas that aren't covered in turf, like the staircases and windows. It's only then that you see that not only are there an excessive number of staircases for a house this size, but that most of them are totally completely inoperable as staircases.
Some hover on the edge of the upper levels and drop abruptly before hitting the ground. Some attach to the ground, but don't even sit up against the building. One goes from under the a floating room of the home, so you could only climb it until your head hits the bottom of the structure. Even stranger, some are even sideways, meaning a person couldn't even climb on them to go to nowhere in particular.
The massive windows give the homeowner a lovely view of the pasture outside (that happens to match the building itself), but they each seem to have a second, sideways window attached and extending past the side of the building.
These add lovely white boxes to the building's design from a distance, but up close they just look strange and out of place, adding to the home's chaotic beauty.
Wondering if the inside makes any more sense than the exterior? Well, this is the only photo we have that really shows much of the interior layout and while it is certainly a little more logical than the outside as the stairs actually seem to go from the bottom story to the one above, it still has doorways to sheer drops.
While the owner of this beautiful home might not be trying to escape and confuse ghosts like the famous Sarah Winchester, their house is certainly prepared for the challenge should any rogue spirits choose to enter the property.