8. Hobbit House

Architect: Simon Dale

Location: Wales

Not every building that caught our attention in 2011 was, by strict definition, "great architecture." For example, Simon Dale's eco-friendly house in Wales was too charming to avoid. This Welshmen built a proper real life Hobbit home (sourced with local materials) for just £3000. Environmentally friendly — there is basically no impact to the local landscape — the house serves as the Dale family home.