50 Strange Buildings of the World

By Village Mayor • Sep 4th, 2008 • Category: Architecture, Latest Post, The Best of Village of Joy

This is the original list of 50 strange buildings which has been and is being copied (stolen) by many bloggers.

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Ok, now  enjoy this weird, odd, bizarre and incredible looking arcitechture!

After reading it, don’t forget to check Part II and Part III.

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.

The Crooked HouseImage via: brocha

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.

Forest Spiral - Hundertwasser Building (Darmstadt, Germany)Image via: Kikos Dad

3. The Torre Galatea Figueras (Spain)

The Torre Galatea Figueras (Spain)Image via: manuelfloresv

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

Ferdinand Cheval Palace a.k.a Ideal Palace (France)Image via: Mélisande*

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.

The Basket Building (Ohio, United States)Image 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.

Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)Image via: jonathan_moreau

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

Wonderworks (Florida, United States)

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.

Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)Image 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.

Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)Image 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.

Hang Nga Guesthouse a.k.a Crazy House (Vietnam)Image via: JonasPhoto

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

Chapel in the Rock (Arizona, United States)Image via: santanartist

12. Dancing Building (Prague, Czech Republic)

Dancing Building (Prague, Czech Republic)Image via: jemil75

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

Calakmul building a.k.a La Lavadora a.k.a The Washing Mashine (Mexico, Mexico)Image via: marj k

14. Kettle House (Texas, United States)

Kettle House (Texas, United States)Image via: y luckyfukr

15. Manchester Civil Justice Centre (Manchester, UK)

Manchester Civil Justice Centre (Manchester, UK)Image via: tj.blackwell

16. Nakagin Capsule Tower (Tokyo, Japan)

Nakagin Capsule Tower (Tokyo, Japan)Image via: pict_u_re

17. Mind House (Barcelona, Spain)

Mind House (Barcelona, Spain)Image via: angelocesare

18. Stone House (Guimarães, Portugal)

Stone House (Guimarães, Portugal)image via: Jsome1

19. Shoe House (Pennsylvania, United States)

Shoe House (Pennsylvania, United States)Image via: James Gordon

20. Weird House in Alps

Weird House in AlpsImage via: nicolasnova

21. The Ufo House (Sanjhih, Taiwan)

The Ufo House (Sanjhih, Taiwan)Image via: cypherone @ Taiwan

22. The Hole House (Texas, United States)

The Hole House (Texas, United States)Image via: melinnis

23. Ryugyong Hotel (Pyongyang, North Korea)

Ryugyong Hotel (Pyongyang, North Korea)Image via: Pricey

24. The National Library (Minsk, Belarus)

The National Library (Minsk, Belarus)Image via: ledsmagazine.com

25. Grand Lisboa (Macao)

Grand Lisboa (Macao)Image via: Michael McDonough

26. Wall House (Groningen, Netherlands)

Wall House (Groningen, Netherlands)Image via: Liao Yusheng

27. Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain)

Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain)Image via: disgustipado

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

Bahá'í House of Worship a.k.a Lotus Temple (Delhi, India)Image via: MACSURAK

29. Container City (London, UK)

Container City (London, UK)Image via: y Fin Fahey

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

Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria)Image via: Dom Dada

31. Wooden Gagster House (Archangelsk, Russia)

Wooden Gagster House (Archangelsk, Russia)Image via: deputy-dog.com

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

Air Force Academy Chapel (Colorado, United States)Image via: dbking

33. Solar Furnace (Odeillo, France)

Solar Furnace (Odeillo, France)Image via: f2g2

34. Dome House (Florida, United States)

Dome House (Florida, United States)Image via: easement

35. Beijing National Stadium (Beijing, China)

Beijing National Stadium (Beijing, China)Image via: littlemalt

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

Fashion Show Mall (Las Vegas, United States)Image via: b2tse

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

Luxor Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, United States)Image via: wallyg

38. Zenith Europe (Strasbourg, France)

Zenith Europe (Strasbourg, France)Image via: Edouard55

39. Civic Center (Santa Monica)

Civic Center (Santa Monica)Image via: karenchu121

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

Mammy's Cupboard (Natchez, MS, United States)Image via: Live Simply

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

Pickle Barrel House (Grand Marais, Michigan, United States)Image via: the naked fauxtographer

42. The Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York, United States)

The Egg (Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York, United States)Image via: iessi

43. Gherkin Building (London, UK)

Gherkin Building (London, UK)Image via: Lawrie Cate

44. Nord LB building (Hannover, Germany)

Nord LB building (Hannover, Germany)Image via: iterby

45. Lloyd’s building (London, UK)

Lloyd’s building (London, UK)Image via: ryanfb

46. “Druzhba Holiday Center Hall (Yalta, Ukraine)

“Druzhba Holiday Center Hall (Yalta, Ukraine)Image via: Argenberg

47. Fuji television building (Tokyo, Japan)

Fuji television building (Tokyo, Japan)Image via: kamoda

48. UCSD Geisel Library (San Diego, California, United States)

UCSD Geisel Library (San Diego, California, United States)Image via: ewen and donabel

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

Ripley's Building (Ontario, Canada)Image via: Bekah267

50. The Bank of Asia a.k.a Robot Building (Bangkok, Thailand)

The Bank of Asia a.k.a Robot Building (Bangkok, Thailand)Image via: hewy

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