Berkeley, California: Fish Shaped HouseThe scales will fall from your eyes after you've seen this eclectic private home.
- 2747 Mathews St., Berkeley, CA
- Mathews Street between Ward and Oregon.
- Private residence. Best seen in daylight.
Visitor Tips and News About Fish Shaped House
Definitely worth going off the highway to find this house. It was very very cool.[Kelly, 06/14/2010]
You don't see it coming as you drive down Mathews Street in Berkeley. Then, there it is. A house that looks like a fish. I read somewhere that it was actually built in the image of a tardigrade -- a microscopic marine animal.
Built from things like recycled styrofoam and cement blocks, it's supposedly waterproof, fireproof, and resistant to earthquakes and sound. Apparently there's a second floor below street level but no stairs inside -- only ramps. Also, I heard its structures employ solar power and other green practices -- like the fish eyes help heat the place.
Very neat architectural find. But the kids will like it too. Because it's a house! Shaped like a fish![Cliff Maraschino and Maggie Ziegler, 03/25/2008]