Tuesday, January 13, 2009

50 Strange Buildings of the World

50 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 drawer and child books illustrator) and Per Dahlberg (Swedish painter living in Sopot) pictures and paintings.

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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.

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3. The Torre Galatea Figueras (Spain)

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

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5. The Basket Building (Ohio, United States)

The Longaberger Basket Company building in Newark, Ohio might just be a strangest office building in the world. The 180,000-square- foot building, a replica of the company's famous market basket, cost $30 million and took two years to complete. Many experts tried to persuade Dave Longaberger to alter his plans, but he wanted an exact replica of the real thing.

50 Strange Buildings of the WorldImage via: addicted Eyes

6. Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)

This project, located in the heart of Kansas City, represents one of the pioneer projects behind the revitalization of downtown.

The people of Kansas City were asked to help pick highly influential books that represent Kansas City. Those titles were included as 'bookbindings' in the innovative design of the parking garage exterior, to inspire people to utilize the downtown Central Library.

50 Strange Buildings of the WorldImage via: jonathan_moreau

7. Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge, TN, United States)

50 Strange Buildings of the World

8. 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.

50 Strange Buildings of the WorldImage via: ken ratcliff

9. Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

The original idea of these cubic houses came about in the 1970s. Piet Blom has developed a couple of these cubic houses that were built in Helmond.

The city of Rotterdam asked him to design housing on top of a pedestrian bridge and he decided to use the cubic houses idea. The concept behind these houses is that he tries to create a forest by each cube representing an abstract tree; therefore the whole village becomes a forest.

50 Strange Buildings of the WorldImage via: vpzone

10. 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.

50 Strange Buildings of the WorldImage via: JonasPhoto

11. Chapel in the Rock (Arizona, United States)

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12. Dancing Building (Prague, Czech Republic)

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

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14.. Kettle House (Texas, United States)

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15. Manchester Civil Justice Centre (Manchester, UK)

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16. Nakagin Capsule Tower (Tokyo, Japan)

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17. Mind House (Barcelona, Spain)

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18. Stone House (Guimarães, Portugal)

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19. Shoe House (Pennsylvania, United States)

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20. Weird House in Alps

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genuwine4532 said...

Wow, these are really awesome, thank you for sharing them!!

dorothynicholls said...

who lives in those uniquic houses love them all thank you.

Lisa said...

experience music project? seattle washington, shaped like a broken guitar from aerial view

josh said...

the "hole house" was the house that the art league of houston was based in. they decided to build a new building on the same location, so before demolishing the old building, they gutted the house and constructed a funnel shaped hole that at the end was only inches wide. alas it is gone now and replaced with the new art league building. it was like that for awhile though, and it was even more striking up close and in person, although there may be better pics to illustrate what it was like.

Amanda said...

Inversion Coffee House is also on the spot of the "hole house" in Houston, and they take their name from this project. They have pictures up on the wall and a sheer overlay of the "black hole" or "inversion" on their windows. It's pretty neat.

eric said...

What about the house featured in the Dave Chapelle's Block party? The Angel house in Brooklyn N.Y.

Imagin oll za pipal... said...

verrrrry nice, mates! human culture in its greatness!

Hakan said...

Theese are incredibke...thanks for share..

chocolate-frapp said...

I'd love to live in some of these

Whitsun said...

what about the music and science fiction museum next to the space needle in Seattle Washington?

Lindsay said...

Eye candy. What a festival of talented architecture...Thanks!

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tjrltr said...

TJ said,being a generation Realtor,and traveling different parts of the world,this was excellent display of creative real estate.Appreciate it.

rachel said...

how about the "durian" esplanade in singapore?

Momisimo said...

What about the inverse pyramid building in Chiba, Japan?

kaykfrink said...

How about the Stata Center at MIT http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stata_Center ?

kapsass said...

Your article looks very similar to our post at villageofjoy.com - and I thought steeling articles is against google adsense terms and conditions… Please remove it, or leave only ~20 buildings with a LINK to our website in a visible place. Otherwise we might report to google adsense, and see what do they think.

Heather said...

Wow, picture for picture, it is the same as at villageofjoy.com, but they have part 2 and a part 3 also!

Aline said...

Really fun! I agree about the science fiction/ music center in Seattle. It belongs here!

Jane A. said...

Beautifully funky, imaginative, offbeat, childlike - all extraordinary! As a Montrealer, I remember how Habitat 67 blew us away! It's a masterpiece & makes for great living!


Jane A. said...

My comment is:
Jane A. said... as above