House QM, a family home in Gistel, Belgium, looks like an architecturally realized version of one of MC Escher's paradoxical illustrations. The home has a unique, angular displacement that gives one the impression of a twisted rectangular column — an impression very intentionally fostered by the studio behind the project, Office O Architects.
Though visually captivating, House QM's Escher-esque design has a practical purpose. Because of strict zoning laws in Gistel that require houses' walls to be within five meters of their plots' edges, most of the family houses in the area tend to look nearly identical. Office O Architects created their twisted structure to adhere to those zoning laws while still looking visually unique and offering the residents alternate views of the landscape compared to all the other abodes.
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