The Strangest Buildings in the World
The Strangest Buildings in the World
We've seen our fair share of wild and wacky homes, but these buildings take the crazy cake! We were on the hunt to outdo our previous efforts to bring you the wildest structures out there, and we believe we've succeeded! From off-the-wall public buildings to unimaginable homes, the buildings we've dug up in this gallery will truly make you think outside the box. Click through!
The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)
Feeling a little woozy when you look at this building? Known in Poland as the Krzywy Domek -- which translates to "crooked house" -- it's part of a shopping center. It was designed by architecture firm Szotynscy & Zaleski, which drew inspiration from fairy tale illustrations.
Ideal Palace (Hauterives, France)
A French postman named Ferdinand Cheval spent 30 years building this outrageous home, known as Le Palais Idéal (Ideal Palace). He would pick up stones on his daily mail rounds to build the structure. Cheval's masterpiece draws on many different styles from Christianity to Hinduism.
Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge, Tenn.)
Yes, that's an upside down house you're looking at -- sort of. Wonderworks is a family amusement attraction in Pigeon Forge that has all kinds of cool things inside, such as a hurricane and earthquake simulator. All the while, you walk through a structure built upside down. There are other Wonderworks exhibits throughout the country.
Longaberger Co. Headquarters (Newark, Ohio)
Longaberger is a manufacturer of maple wood baskets -- so isn't it fitting that the company's Ohio headquarters is a tribute to its product? The handles on the basket building can be heated in the winter. Dave Longaberger, the company's founder, wanted all of the company's buildings to be shaped like baskets. But after his death, his daughters put the kibosh on that plan.
The Cube Houses (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
Known as Kubuswoningen, architect Piet Blom intended for each cube house to represent a tree, with all the houses representing a forest. (Sure, whatever you say.)
Mammy's Cupboard (Natchez, Miss.)
Kansas City Public Library (Kansas City, Mo.)
Why even go inside? You can find a bestselling novel along the Kansas City Public Library's parking garage.
The Crazy House (Da Lat, Vietnam)
The Hang Nga guesthouse -- known as the Crazy House -- in Da Lat, Vietnam, was designed by architect Dang Viet Nga. It's meant to be considered a fairy tale house (though it looks more like a nightmare). The home resembles a tree, with sculpted elements taking the form of animals, mushrooms, spider webs and caves.
Photo: Flickr/Sergey Yeliseev
Dog Bark Park Inn (Cottonwood, Idaho)
Obviously pet-friendly, the Dog Bark Park Inn is a hotel built in the shape of a Beagle. The two-bedroom bed & breakfast also contains dog-themed contents.
The Stone House (Portugal)
A real Flintstones house, this home was built using a concrete mix poured between two boulders.
Beijing National Stadium
The structure is commonly known as the Bird's Nest, and it was built (for $435 million!) to be used during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum (Ontario, Canada)
Believe it or not, the building housing a collection of oddities in Ontario looks like it's been split clear open.
The Mushroom House (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Also known as the Treehouse, this odd building was built by architect Terry Brown and served as his second residence until he died in 2008.
Photo: Flickr/The Rocketeer
The UFO House (Warrington, New Zealand)
This house is called a "Futuro," dreamed up by architect Matti Suuronen. Fewer than 100 were built in the 1960s and 1970s, with a flying saucer-like shape and an airplane hatch as a door.
Graz Art Museum (Graz, Austria)
The Graz Art Museum served as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2003. It is now an architectural landmark, housing contemporary art exhibits. Its creators, Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, reportedly refer to it as "the friendly alien."
The Strawberry House (Tokyo)
We're not sure how this house came to be, but it's one of the most unusual we've seen. We'd like to dip it in chocolate.
The Stata Center (Cambridge, Mass.)
The Ray and Maria Stata Center is part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Designed by famed architect Frank Gehry -- who is well-known for some pretty crazy designs -- the building hosts several MIT classes, some of which are for the computer science and electrical engineering programs.
Photo: Flickr/Scott Beale
Montreal Olympic Stadium
Used as the main venue for the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, the stadium is referred to as "The Big O" for its doughnut-shaped roof. The leaning tower is the tallest inclined tower in the world, standing at 574 feet.
Photo: Flickr/where is Andrew now?
The Piano House (Huainan City, China)
A truly unique structure, China's Piano House is in the shape of a grand piano, with a giant glass guitar (or cello, if you wish) as the entry point. Inside, it's a showroom for city planners' ideas for the district of Shannan.
The Hole House
Is this the portal to the other side? No, but it was a really cool short-lived art installation. Houston sculptors Dan Havel and Dean Ruck used two homes that were slated for demolition in 2005 to create this scary/awesome work of art. But after only a few months, it was razed.
Habitat 67 (Montreal)
This housing complex was originally thought up by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie as his thesis project at McGill University. It was then built for the World's Fair in 1967. Today, it's considered an architectural landmark and one of the most important buildings in Canada.
The Earth House (Switzerland)
Designed by architect Peter Vetsch to be the ultimate eco-friendly home, this earth house (which is one of dozens around the world) is built into the hillside. Talk about a bunker with style!
Wooden Gangster House (Russia)
This 13-story building was thought to be the world's tallest wooden tower -- until it came down in late 2008. It took Nikolai Petrovich Sutyagin 15 years to build. However, Sutyagin never got a formal building permit for the structure, and it quickly deteriorated after he was sent to prison on racketeering charges. In 2008, the building was condemned and ordered to be dismantled.
Ramot Polin Apartments (Jerusalem)
Known as a "housing project for honeybees," the Ramot Polin Apartments were created by Zvi Hecker, who was well known for constructing buildings using geometrical design. It was very controversial at the time it was built (1972-75). The building was one of the projects meant to help settle Jerusalem following the Six Day War.
Photo: Wikimedia/Nehemia G
Teapot Dome Service Station (Zillah, Wash.)
Built in 1922, this gas station shaped like a teapot is just one of several constructions meant to serve as roadside attractions as the national highway system expanded in the U.S. Today, it's listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Photo: Flickr/birdman dave
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