Wednesday, February 11, 2009

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.

2. Forest Spiral - Hundertwasser Building (Darmstadt,

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, colorful 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. 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.

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.

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

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. Dancing Building (Prague, Czech Republic)

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

12. Kettle House (Texas, United States)

13. Nakagin Capsule Tower (Tokyo, Japan)

14. Mind House (Barcelona, Spain)

15. Stone House (Guimarães, Portugal)

16. The Ufo House (Sanjhih, Taiwan)

17. The Hole House (Texas, United States)

18. The National Library (Minsk, Belarus)

19. Grand Lisboa (Macao)

20 Bahá’í House of Worship a.k.a Lotus Temple (Delhi, India)

21. Container City (London, UK)

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

23. Air Force Academy Chapel (Colorado, United States)

24. Dome House (Florida, United States)

25. Luxor Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, United States)

26. Zenith Europe (Strasbourg, France)

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

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

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

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