Bloom House interior

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In the early 1970s, friends Dalton Bloom and Charles Harker created the Bloomhouse—now one of the world’s most unusual rental properties—in a woodland in Austin’s Westlake Hills neighborhood. The organic house seemingly sprouts from the forest floor, with spiralling forms that mimic the flow of the air and other natural shapes and patterns. As well as the natural world, Harker took inspiration from Cinderella’s castle and the Disney film "Fantasia." Inside, the twisting white forms, which are crafted from polyurethane foam and stucco, are complemented by carved timber details and nooks overflowing with greenery.