No, your eyes are not decieving you- that is a little house on top of an industrial chimney!
It’s a work of art by the incredibly talented Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi. Villa Cheminée is part of the Estuaire project, which sees some incredible works of art line the Loire River from the city of Nantes to Saint Nazaire. This was one of my favourite art installations along the route. The chimney isn’t actually an industrial chimney, though it was created to look like one. I was lucky enough to get to go inside the little house on top, which features a kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor, and a tiny bedroom on the upper level. The house is designed so that you can lie in bed, and the windows are at eye level, thus allowing you perfect views over the Loire.
I’d love to be able to stay in the house one day, it’s such a quirky idea. How many people would be able to say they stayed in a house on top of a chimney?!