This is the 'Hobbit House', an outbuilding designed by architect Peter Archer for a lifelong J.R.R. Tolkien fan as a place to store the collection of Middle Earth memorabilia he's accumulated over the past 30 years. Wow, having the money to build your own little themed museum in the backyard. MUST BE NICE.
The 600-square foot building is a short walk from his main house, on a flat stone path and through an English-style garden.
"We wanted a single structure, a relaxing place that was diminutive in scale, for the owner to come and hang out and just be in solitude with his collection," said architect Peter Archer, speaking on the owner's behalf.
Did you read that, Superman? Screw your Fortress of Solitude, this guy has got a HOBBIT HOUSE of Solitude. "My Fortress is better." No it's not either -- if it were so solitudey, how come it couldn't keep your identity a secret? "What are you talking about?" CLARK KENT -- HIS NAME IS CLARK KENT!
Hit the jump for a bunch more shots, including the interior.
Thanks to Stacey, who informed me there are two kinds of people in the world: hobbit house people, and tree house people. But I want both!