The world is loaded with beautiful buildings, Quirky shapes, ambitious designs, new materials, and new different styles have come with the modern architecture into construction today . We don’t know the concepts behind these buildings. But they only makes them unique and strange buildings in the world.
In this article I have picked some of the most famous building designs from around the world.
The Crooked House, Poland
The crooked house in Sopot, Poland has an extraordinary and amazing structure. It was built in 2003 with design based on the pictures of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. It looks as taken from a cartoon movie, its design is “crooked”, but a kind of symmetrically, so it is not ugly at all, just strange! The interesting part is how builders managed to create this genius idea, but the house is a fact and everyone admires their creativity!
La Pedrera, Spain
La Pedrera or known also as Casa Mila is in Barcelona, Spain. The story of the house is pretty interesting – it was designed by Antoni Gaudí and built for a married couple. It is an extraordinary but stylish building considered to be highly unconventional – there is not even one straight line! Visitors can go to the top floor, the attic and roof and have a close look at this masterpiece!
Habitat 67, Montreal, Canada
Habitat 67 in Canada is a complex which resembles a very interesting arrangement of cubes that kids play with. It is pretty interesting how it was designed – it looks so original and the same time is a building completely stable and comfortable for living! The architect Moshe Safdie created it as a main attraction for Expo 67, when it was officially exposed!
Cubic Houses, Rotterdam, Netherlands
The Cubic houses in Rotterdam and Helmond, Netherlands were designed by Piet Blom. They are cubes, situated in different angles over hexagon formed pylons, so they resemble trees, and altogether – make a forest! There are 38 small cubes, and they all are attached one to another, this is a genius idea, which was perfectly completed!
Cathedral of Brasilia, Brazil
The Cathedral of Brasilia is a beautiful building, designed to be residence of the Archdiocese of Brasilia. The designer – Oscar Niemeyer made this gorgeous structure using 16 columns of concrete, each of them with 90 tons weight! It is an amazing building, full of light and created with greatest care for details. The Cathedral of Brasilia is definitely a building worth to be seen!
Hang Nga Guesthouse (Crazy House), Vietnam
This fantastical place is like a journey into the world of Alice and Wonderland. Designed by a woman artist who hangs around the grounds, it is one of wonder. 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.
The Basket Building (Ohio, United States)
This may look like a picnic basket kept in the park. But this actually is a 7-story building which is Longaberger’s Home Office located in Newark, Ohio. This monument is in-fact world’s largest basket. Its 192 ft. long by 126 ft. wide at the bottom, spreads to 208-ft. long by 142-ft. wide at the roofline.
Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)
This installation is permanent, on a much larger scale, and is designed to conceal the library’s car park. Here the public were asked to nominate books that they felt represented Kansas City. The library was founded in 1873 A.D, and is the oldest and the third largest public library in Kansas City area.
Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo, Japan
Shoe House, Pennsylvania, United States
The Hole House, Texas, United States
Wooden Gagster House, Archangelsk, Russia
Pickle Barrel House, Grand Marais, Michigan, USA
UCSD Geisel Library, San Diego, California, USA
Ripley’s Building, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
Calgary, AB, Canada
A country church is seen balancing on it’s steeple, as if it had been lifted by a terrific force and brought to the site as a device or method of rooting out evil forces. It was too hot for New York City; too hot for Stanford University; too hot for Vancouver. But a controversial, imposing sculpture by renowned international artist Dennis Oppenheim finally found a public home in laid-back Calgary.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
The building originally formed an enclosed structure of steel and acrylic cells, 76 metres (250 ft) in diameter and 62 metres (200 ft) high.
One of the original ideas for Expo ‘58 was to build an upside-down version of the Eiffel tower, however, Waterkeyn felt that an atomic structure would be more symbolic of the era. The monument was originally planned to remain standing only six months. However, it soon became a symbol not only of the World’s Fair, but of modern architecture and Brussels. The monument stayed the same for almost 50 years.
The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is an opera house in Beijing, People’s Republic of China. The Centre, an ellipsoid dome of titanium and glass surrounded by an artificial lake, seats 5,452 people in three halls and is almost 12,000 m² in size. The exterior of the theater is a titanium accented glass dome that is completely surrounded by a man-made lake. It is said to look like an egg floating on water, or a water drop. It was designed as an iconic feature, something that would be immediately recognizable.
The stone house in Portugal really resembles the famous home of the Flintstones. It is built between two rocks and its architecture has impressed some of the greatest names of the branch. Not speaking that becoming so famous, the house was attacked by some vandals and in sequence of the attacks it was equipped with bullet resistant windows and a steel door. The house is pretty comfortable inside, having a fireplace and everything necessary, so it is a wonderful example of modern architecture in Stone Age style! Unbelievable!
I like to visit these buildings, mostly due to the curiosity and I am sure you too after watching these above images.
What do you think of these weird architectural buildings and which one do you like the most? kindly comment below…