50 Strange Buildings of the World (Part II)

By Village Mayor • Oct 12th, 2008 • Category: Architecture, Latest Post

This is the part II of the very popular list of 50 strange buildings which has been and is being copied (stolen) by many bloggers. If you wish to post it on your blog or website, feel free to use up to 20 buildings from this list and give a proper link to our website (http://villageofjoy.com/50-strange..) as the source article.

I hope you enjoy this weird, odd, bizarre and incredible looking arcitechture!

After looking at this magical collection of buildings, don’t forget to check Part III (and also Part I if you haven’t seen it yet) of this very popular architecture post series.

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

Image credits: RA Studija

Architects: Rimas Adomaitis, Raimundas Babrauskas, Darius Siaurodinas, Virgilijus Jocys.
Dates: 2005-2008.
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.

Image credits: RA Studija

2. Kerala House Boats (Alappuzha, Alleppey, Kerala, India)

Image credits: Jiths

3. Olympic Stadium (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Image credits: Wikipedia

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

Image credits: Dillerscofidio

Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Dates: 2002
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.

Image credits: Dillerscofidio

5. Tenerife Concert Hall (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain)

Image credits: extranoise

6. The Never Was Haul (Berkeley, California, USA)

Image credits: drewdomkus

7. The Puerta de Europa towers a.k.a Gate of Europe a.k.a Torres KIO (Madrid, Spain)

Image credits: wikipedia

Architects: Philip Johnson and John BurgeeDates: 1996 Torres KIO are two twin office buildings in Madrid. Each building is 115 m tall with an inclination of 15º. These twin towers are the world’s first leaning high-rise buildings.

Image credits: Santiago Vila, bjaglin, Santiago Vila

8. UFO house (New Zealand)

Image credits: fletchy182

9. Gas Natural headquarters (Barcelona, Spain)

Image credits: Alberto OG

10. Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, California, USA)

Image credits: Phillip Ritz

Architects:Frank GehryDates: 1987 – 2003 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 homepage.

Image credits: Phillip Ritz

11. Cob House (Vancouver, Canada)

Image credits: neil-san

12. The Mushroom House aka Tree House (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA)

Image credits: The Rocketeer

13. Ewok House (Location unknown)

Image credits: piH9

14. Edificio Mirador (Madrid, Spain)

Image credit: javier1949

Architects: MVRDV
Dates: 2004
It’s a building developed by Dutch architects MVRDV. The building reaches 63.4 meters in height with 21 stories. The highlight of this building is the large central hole which is 36.8 meters above the ground. It’s the large lookout area that provides inhabitants with a community garden and a space from where they can contemplate the skyline.Different colors represent different blocks with its own planning, which offer at least 9 different types of apartments.

Image credits: javier1949

15. Free Spirit Spheres (Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada)

Image credits: freespiritspheres.com/

16. Tempe Municipal Building (Tempe, Arizona, USA)

Image credits: phxpma

17. Korowai Treehouse (Papua New Guinea, Indonesia)

Image credits: 710928003

18. Turning Torso (Malmö, Sweden)

Image credits: Bjaglin

Architects: Santiago Calatrava
Dates: 2005
The tower reaches a height of 190 metres (623 feet) with 54 stories.The design is based on a sculpture by Santiago Calatrava called Twisting Torso. It uses nine segments of five-story pentagons that twist as it rises; the topmost segment is twisted ninety degrees clockwise with respect to the ground floor.

19. Wozoco Apartments (Amsterdam, Holland)

Image credits: yellow book ltd

20. Stata Center (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

Image credits: rpongsaj

21. Great Mosque of Djenné (Djenne, Mali)

Image credits: wikipedia

22. Glass House (Boswell, B.C., Canada)

Image credits: Christopher Armstrong

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

Image credits: J. Smallwood

24. Strawberry Ice-cream shop (NC,USA)

Image credits: unknown

25. Strawberry house (Tokyo, Japan)

Image credits: chipple

26. Sculptured House (Colorado, United States)

Image credits: Runder

27. Nautilus House (Mexico City, Mexico)

Image credits: Javier Senosiain via worldarchitecturenews.com

28. Kvivik Igloo (Kvivik, Faroe Islands)

Image credits: Paul & Kelly

29. Modern Igloo (Alaska)

Image credits: rrriles

30. Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)

Image credits: /*dave*/

31. Cathedral of Brasilia (Brasil)

Image credits: wikipedia

32. Great arche of defense (Paris, France)

Image credits: wikipedia

33. La Pedrera (Barcelona, Spain)

Image credits: joe_aesmorga

34. Errante Guest House (Chile)

Image credits: Beauty addict

35. Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Nice, France)

Image credits: The Anti-ZIM

36. Agbar Tower (Barcelona, Spain)

Image credits: xn44

37. The Museum of Play (Rochester , USA)

Image credits: Mike.Hanlon

38. Bubble House (Bay Area of California, USA)

Image credits: blmurch

39. Raffles Dubai in Wafi city (Dubai, UAE)

Image credits: Wikipedia

40. Atlantis (Dubai, UAE)

Image credits: Tom Olliver

41. Casa da musica (Porto, Portugal)

Image credits: wikipedia

42. Berlin Zeiss Planetarium (Berlin, Germany)

Image credits: wikipedia

43. National Theatre (Beijing, China)

Image credits: Azure Lan

44. Montreal Biosphère (Canada)

Image credits: wikipedia

45. Eden project (United Kingdom)

Image credits: wikipedia

46. Kobe Port Tower (Japan)

Image credits: wikipedia

47. Cybertecture Egg (Mumbai, India)

Image credits: worldarchitecturenews.com/

48. Kunsthaus (Graz, Austria)

Image credits: watz

49. Federation Square (Melboune, Australia)

Image credits: wikipedia

50. The Esplanade (Singapore)

Image credits: wikipedia

do not forget to visit


Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • TwitThis
  • Sphinn
  • Facebook
  • del.icio.us
  • Mixx
  • Google
  • Meneame
  • Reddit
  • E-mail this story to a friend!
Possibly related posts:
  • 50 Strange Buildings of the World
  • 50 Strange Buildings of the World (Part III)
  • Top 10 Strangest Buildings in the World
  • 15 Strange Meals of the World (Part I)
  • Dynamic Architecture: Rotating Buildings in Dubai and Moscow

  • Tagged as: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

    Leave a Reply


    Every care is taken to secure the permission from the original copyright holder of displayed pictures. In most cases, we will contact you either before we make the feature post, or immediately after, to verify your agreement to the displayed content, and the accuracy of our “link back” to you.

    There are situations when the attribution (or the copyright) information for the picture is not known, such as the case with images received through anonymous mailing lists and various mail contributors. If for any reason you’d like us to remove or to correct the images, please contact us by email given in the “About” page. We will promptly fulfill your requests.

    We also encourage you to contact us with information about original sources, if it’s not mentioned on the site.

    Privacy Policy