Often called the “Fish House," this singular, prehistoric looking abode is actually inspired by a lesser known phylum of invertebrate animals called Tardigrada. More commonly known as Water Bears, these tiny animals are virtually indestructible, impervious to extreme conditions such as freezing temperatures, radiation exposure, or lack of oxygen.
The Tsui House, located in South Berkeley, was finished in 1995. Employing a nature-based, ecologically conscious approach to architecture which mimics many of the traits of Tardigrada, the residence has earned itself billing as “the safest house in the world.”
Sited on a quiet residential street, the house looks like a relic from some primordial time, an oversized fossil somehow forgotten, but sure to be remembered. It's truly a sight to behold and well worth a sightseeing trip.