Unusual and Bizarre Building Designs

January 13th, 2011

Architecture is known to be the art and science of designing and constructing buildings and other physical structures with the help of a person or a computer — principally to provide shelter. In the late 20th century, different new concepts were incorporated in the area of both structure and function. This is the reason why we nowadays cannot design a building without first keeping the future in our minds.
Below we present to you the most bizarre yet fantastic architectural masterpieces of the modern world. Feel free to share with us other creative buildings in case we’ve missed them.

Bizarre Architectural Designs

Wonderworks – Pigeon Forge, TN


Library Parking Garage


The Crooked House, Sopot, Poland


The Basket Building, Ohio, USA


Cubic Houses


Federation Square, Melbourne


The UFO house in Sanjhih


OH Columbus – Audible Dwelling 2


Nord LB building, Hannover, Germany


Tempe Municipal Building, Arizona, USA


Dancing Building (Prague, Czech Republic)


The Tianzi Hotel, China


Gehry building II in Düsseldorf


Manchester Civil Justice Centre


Stone house


Nakagin Capsule Tower, tokyo


Take me to your… architect


Standing alone


The Alien landed…


Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)


The Device to Root Out Evil


ING Headquarters (Amsterdam, Netherlands)


Upside Down House (Szymbark, Poland)


Stata Center (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)


Dan and the house (Texas, USA)


Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria)


Ripley’s Believe It or Not.2- Branson Missouri


Container City (London, UK)


Ripley’s – Actual Building for Ripley’s in Ontario, Canada


Olympic Stadium (Montreal, Canada)


Habitat 67 – Canada


Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles


La Pedrera, Spain)


Strong Children’s Museumm, Rochester, USA


National Belarusian Library in Minsk


La Hospedería del Errante


Cathedral of Brasilia, Brazil


Atomium, Brussels, Belgium


Chapel In the Rocks, USA


Geisel Library


Edificio Mirador, Madrid, Spain



Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

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44 comments for „Unusual and Bizarre Building Designs
  1. Frosti on January 13th, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Wow, some of them are really scary.

  2. aisolve on January 13th, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not.2- Branson Missouri is awsome

  3. Vivek Parmar on January 13th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    some of them are amazing and unusual. exceptionally great

  4. Scott on January 13th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    These are brilliant, who cares about the technical/traditional side of buildings, I defy anybody not to break into a smile when looking at these.

  5. Technologix on January 13th, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Awesome! Thanks :)

  6. tms on January 13th, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    the top post of today! thx

  7. afzaal on January 13th, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    awesome… thanks for sharing ..

  8. Brandon on January 13th, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    Another well-designed and interesting building is the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Here is a great photo of it.

  9. Nico Gubler on January 13th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Fits also to this list I think. The FREITAG Flagship in Zurich, Switzerland. Re-use tarps for bags and re-uses Cargo Container for their Store.

  10. Nima Heydarian on January 13th, 2011 at 5:17 pm

    absolutely love it

  11. Pedro Figueiredo on January 13th, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    I would like to add to this list the vodafone building, at Oporto, Portugal:
    See for yourself:

  12. David on January 13th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Could you imagine an upside down website? Or a creaked page design? Or a melting content? Yeah, I get the post. Thanks.

  13. redwall_hp on January 13th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    It’s not quite as bizarre as some of these, but how about the Bangor Auditorium?

    It’s a pretty bad design for a state that gets a lot of snow…

  14. Dan Frydman on January 13th, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    The alien is a modern art gallery in Graz, Austria

  15. Zeth on January 14th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Haha.. Cubic Houses are by far my favorite. Where did you find these images. It’s hilarious. Every time I see something like this, then I think ‘Why didn’t I become an architecht.

  16. Clain Dsilva on January 14th, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Great … I love the alien one…. I would like to build one of that kind.

  17. Bob on January 14th, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    Great buildings. Ashame MOST OF THIS ARTICLE WAS STOLEN!

  18. Jet on January 14th, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Wow!! Stone house! :)

  19. Kevin on January 14th, 2011 at 10:00 pm
  20. ?? on January 15th, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I wonder if there is any boundary between the ‘usual’ and the ‘unusual’.

  21. Yoshifumi on January 15th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Where is the boundary between the ‘usual’ and the ‘unusual’?
    I love the ‘in-between’.

  22. Andrés on January 15th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    La Hospedería del Errante está en 5º región, Chile.

  23. Andrés on January 15th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    The Hospedería del Errante is in Chile.

  24. Paulo on January 15th, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    Another crappy post…. 30 ways of making Noupe as crap as possible…
    Sad to see that this site is becoming so bad so quickly.

    My $2 Cents….

  25. artjunks on January 16th, 2011 at 11:58 am

    thanks for this…

    some really intresting building designs.. like this upside down stuff ;D

  26. Eelco on January 16th, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    The Cubic Houses are in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  27. Uncle B on January 16th, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    What! No accommodations to warehouse the unemployables in comfort until their early deaths from refusal of treatment for curable medical conditions! How gratuitously McMansioneering of you, Yankee Doodle. Funny how the chaff falls away to rot in a pile at the bottom of the capitalists structures! Sad waste of humanity is collateral damage for a thriving economy! Hitler’s furnaces would be more humane, America.

    • Trevor on March 8th, 2011 at 3:15 am

      What are you on about Uncle B? Did I miss something, coz all I saw was a group of interesting pictures of some very different ideas in architecture… but then, I think that was the point of the post. Why attack it for not addressing a social injustice it never set out to address? How random of you.

  28. Ashley on January 16th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    the library book parking garage is in Kansas City MO.

  29. Sean on January 16th, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Denver Art Museum?

  30. Shona on January 17th, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not.2 Really scary

  31. Nic on January 17th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    It might be hard to find the front door sometimes after a pub crawl, and the first step is a doozy on some of these, but who cares. When can I move in? Some of these are genius.

  32. Thomas D on January 18th, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Wonderworks – Pigeon Forge, TN
    I went to that place when it first opened. Pretty fun and the building is hard to miss. I live a hour from it.

  33. Michele on January 19th, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    Wow these are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing.

  34. Chirs Kaye on January 26th, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    these are some great photos of structures around the world, thanks

  35. Ricardo on January 29th, 2011 at 5:21 am

    I’ve been on Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria) building and does not have the house on the roof. The post photo is a fake!

    • Trevor on March 8th, 2011 at 3:41 am

      It depends how you define fake. It’s not like the house was Photoshopped on. I believe it may have been a temporary fixture though. Lets face it, it is the Museum of Modern Art.

    • jean-louis on August 3rd, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      not a fake
      name:”House Attack”
      constructed: 2006
      built by: Erwin Wurm
      status: available only during the exhibition (oct 20,2006-feb 11,2007)
      location: installed on Mumok’s external facade,Vienna,Austria

  36. Trevor on March 8th, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Great stuff! It’s good to know that imaginative architecture does not reside entirely in the past. The library’s parking station is my favourite.

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  38. Ms.Asmi Sharad, Architect on March 4th, 2012 at 7:02 am

    All buildings are amazing, Loved watching.Form Follws Function indeed!Thanks

  39. daniel asseffa on May 2nd, 2012 at 9:08 am

    its so very outstanding,if every design is standing in stable equilibrium amazing and fabulos most of them are confusing

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  41. Eveline on October 9th, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Nice buildings. But why don’t you say that the Cubic Houses are located in Rotterdam, The Netherlands?