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30 Strange Buildings of the World

1. The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)

Construction of the building started in in January 2003 and in December 2003 it was finished. House architecture is based on Jan Marcin Szancer (famous Polish artist and child books illustrator) and Per Dahlberg (Swedish painter living in Sopot) pictures and paintings.

2. Forest Spiral – Hundertwasser Building (Darmstadt, Germany)

The Hundertwasser house “Waldspirale” (”Forest Spiral”) was built in Darmstadt between 1998 and 2000. Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the famous Austrian architect and painter, is widely renowned for his revolutionary, colourful architectural designs which incorporate irregular, organic forms, e.g. onion-shaped domes.

The structure with 105 apartments wraps around a landscaped courtyard with a running stream. Up in the turret at the southeast corner, there is a restaurant, including a cocktail bar.

3. The Torre Galatea Figueras (Spain)

4. Ferdinand Cheval Palace a.k.a Ideal Palace (France)

5. Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)

Expo 67, one of the world’s largest universal expositions was held in Montreal. Housing was one of the main themes of Expo 67.

The cube is the base, the mean and the finality of Habitat 67. In its material  sense, the cube is a symbol of stability. As for its mystic meaning, the cube is symbol of wisdom, truth, moral perfection, at the origin itself of our civilization.

354 cubes of a magnificent grey-beige build up one on the other to form 146 residences nestled between sky and earth, between city and river, between greenery and light

6. Hang Nga Guesthouse a.k.a Crazy House (Vietnam)

The house is owned by the daughter of the ex-president of Vietnam, who studied architecture in Moscow.

It does not comply with any convention about house building, has unexpected twists and turns, roofs and rooms. It looks like a fairy tale castle, it has enormous “animals” like a giraffe and a spider, no window is rectangular or round, and it can be visited like a museum.

7. Dancing Building (Prague, Czech Republic)

8. Calakmul building a.k.a La Lavadora a.k.a The Washing Mashine (Mexico, Mexico)

9. Kettle House (Texas, United States)

10. Nakagin Capsule Tower (Tokyo, Japan)

11. Mind House (Barcelona, Spain)

12. Stone House (Guimarães, Portugal)

13. Shoe House (Pennsylvania, United States)

14. Weird House in Alps

15. The Hole House (Texas, United States)

16. Container City (London, UK)

17. Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria)

18. Wooden Gagster House (Archangelsk, Russia)

19. Fashion Show Mall (Las Vegas, United States)

20. Mammy’s Cupboard (Natchez, MS, United States)

21. Pickle Barrel House (Grand Marais, Michigan, United States)

22. Fuji television building (Tokyo, Japan)

23. Ripley’s Building (Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada)

24. Office center “1000″ a.k.a. Banknote (Kaunas, Lithuania)

Despite what you might think this amazing building is not a temporal installation. The image of the LTL 1000 banknote is brought onto this building using special enamel paint. Money theme well represents various businesses located in this spectacular building.  It’s an office center located in the second biggest city in Lithuania.By the way, banknote dates back to 1925. However it’s not used nowadays.

25. Blur Building (Yverdon-les-Bainz, Switzerland)

Seven years passed from expo 2002 but this building is still one of my favorites. It’s probably the mist that makes it so unusual and amazing at the same time. So called ‘blur pavilion’ with self generated mist was meant to give an impression that the building is floating above the water without any structural support. And indeed it looks just like that.

26. Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, California, USA

Walt Disney Concert Hall is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world providing an unparalleled musical experience.

The project was launched in 1987 and completed in 2003.You can read more about this amazing building on wiki and Los Angeles Philharmonic

27. Stata Center (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

28. Great Mosque of Djenné (Djenne, Mali)

29. Beer Can House (Houston, Texas, USA)

30. Strawberry house (Tokyo, Japan)



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