Top 10 Weird and Wonderful Buildings From Around The World
29 June 2017
1.Kansas City Library – Missouri, USA:
This building is technically the central library parking garage, and is commonly known as The Community Bookshelf. It is quite literally an enormous wall decorated with popular literature. It runs along the south wall of the library’s car park. The spines of each book are about 25ft by 9ft. The choices of the book titles were chosen by the Kansas City readers and include: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, The Lord of the Rings by J.P.R. Tolkien, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
2.‘House Attack’ – Vienna, Austria:
The main idea behind this building is a family home hitting the façade of a museum ‘like a bomb’. It was designed by Erwin Wurum, who is known for taking simple concepts and then adding deformities in an attempt to trick the human eye and mind. A suburban cottage was wedged into the building of the museum to, apparently, inspire other architects and show how they don’t have to comply with ‘normal’ rules and limits.
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3. Cubic Houses – Rotterdam, Netherlands:
Designed by architect Piet Blom, these homes are based on the ‘living as an urban roof’ concept. These houses are titled at a 45 degree angle and sat on a hexagon-shaped pylon. The houses have three floors, and all of the walls and windows are angled at 54.7 degrees. Each one is 100 square metres in size, and underneath them, the Museum of Chess Pieces is located.
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4. The Eden Project – Cornwall, United Kingdom:
This attraction is enormously popular and is made up of biomes. Inside them are plants that have been collected from various different climates and environments. The two main biomes each represent and mirror the rainforest climate, and a Mediterranean climate. The complex was designed by architect, Nicholas Grimshaw. There is also an outside botanical garden which includes a number of native to Cornwall wildlife and plants.
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5. The Basket Building – Ohio, USA:
With the idea coming from Dave Longaberger, Founder of the Longaberger Company, his wish became a reality when his offices became an architectural dream. In the December of 1997, the offices were converted to appear like a giant basket. Awards have been won for this masterpiece of a building, and it is a replica of Longaberger’s Medium Market Basket…but 160 times bigger.
6. Forest Spiral – Darmstadt, Germany:
Also known as The Waldspiral, this building is residential and was designed by an Austrian named Friedensreich Hundertwasser, in 1998 and took two years to build. The most famous factor about this building is how it completely rejects the ‘regular’ shape of a building, by defying rectangular forms. The roof is made up of maple, lime trees and a garden of beech.
7.The Church of Hallgrimur – Reykjavík, Iceland:
This building is also known as Hallgrimskirkja and is not only the tallest building in Reykjavik, but in Iceland, standing at 244ft high. The church was designed by architect Guijon Samuelsson and took forty-one years to build.
8.Woodland House – Wales, United Kingdom:
This was a home built by a man in Wales who had no experience in construction or carpeting, but simply had determination to build a house in the woods, which was surrounded by nature and was low impact. It cost him only £3,000, he used minimal tools and it took just four months to put together. Its design is influenced by Lord of the Rings and has a nickname of ‘The Hobbit House’.
9. Bubble House, Cannes, France
The Bubble House sits on the cliffs of the Côte d’Azur. This strange building was built in 1989 and was designed by architect Antti Lovag. Located in one of the most stunning areas of France, it is often rented out for parties or photo shoots.
10. The Upside Down House, Poland
This was originally created as a piece of art to represent the sense of uncertainty in the years following the end of the communist era. Created by businessman Daniel Czapiewski, visitors are able to enter the “home”. Many find it to be a dizzying experience!
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