Futuristic is always a relative way to describe something. After all, the future rapidly becomes the past and architectural styles evolve as quickly as the technologies that make them possible (or impossible). Sam Bell’s Mushroom House is no exception to the rule. It is contextual in a way, tucked into the waterside cliffs of San Diego, and is certainly someplace most of us would love to live but it is also somehow dated.


Built in the 1950s, it has elements of a fortress as well as a fair ride ride. Certainly, though, it provides privacy on an otherwise publicly accessible beach and no doubt has amazing views out into the ocean. Perhaps the strangest element of all is the elevator connecting it to a larger house on the clifftop above.