UFO House: Roberto Sanchez Rivera

Roberto Sanchez Rivera designed house to look like a spaceship, UFO Home, Close Encounters in Puerto RicoRoberto Sanchez Rivera designed house to look like a spaceship, UFO Home, Close Encounters in Puerto RicoRoberto Sanchez Rivera designed house to look like a spaceship, UFO Home, Close Encounters in Puerto RicoClick to enlarge

This is not just an interesting-looking home, but also has an interesting story behind it. Retired teacher of industrial arts, Roberto Sanchez Rivera, who lives on the south side of the island of Puerto Rico, built his home to look like a spaceship, complete with lights and audio effects that sometimes play the tune from Close Encounters of the Third Kind  and other times salsa. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house was built for about $150,000 and almost everything in it has been ingeniously created from discount store knickknacks and discarded auto parts. Objects such as the kitchen table and bathroom garbage can were designed to hover above the ground, while lamps are made from objects such as stove burners and lead pipes. Each room has a different personality and color scheme.

What possessed Rivera to design such a home? Love. As a teenager he had a girlfriend that left him after three months. From that moment he decided to build a home like no other to impress this girl. Even the location, up on a hill, visible from the main road, was chosen with the hopes that she would inevitably pass the house and notice it. You can read the whole story here but, in the meantime, needless to say Rivera has a new girlfriend and one unique home.

Photos: Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

via The NYTimes

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