Jan 13 2011

Unusual and Bizarre Building Designs


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



About the Author

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

Comments and Discussions
  • Frosti, 13 January 2011

    Wow, some of them are really scary.

  • aisolve, 13 January 2011

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

  • Vivek Parmar, 13 January 2011

    some of them are amazing and unusual. exceptionally great

  • Scott, 13 January 2011

    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.

  • Technologix, 13 January 2011

    Awesome! Thanks :)

  • tms, 13 January 2011

    the top post of today! thx

  • afzaal, 13 January 2011

    awesome… thanks for sharing ..

  • Brandon, 13 January 2011

    Another well-designed and interesting building is the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Here is a great photo of it. http://www.brandonbeeks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Experience-Music-Project-Frank-Gehry.jpg

  • Nico Gubler, 13 January 2011

    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. http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=freitag+zurich&m=text

  • Nima Heydarian, 13 January 2011

    absolutely love it

  • Pedro Figueiredo, 13 January 2011

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

  • David, 13 January 2011

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

  • redwall_hp, 13 January 2011

    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…

  • Dan Frydman, 13 January 2011

    The alien is a modern art gallery in Graz, Austria

  • Zeth, 14 January 2011

    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.

  • Clain Dsilva, 14 January 2011

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

  • Bob, 14 January 2011

    Great buildings. Ashame MOST OF THIS ARTICLE WAS STOLEN! http://villageofjoy.com/50-strange-buildings-of-the-world/

  • Jet, 14 January 2011

    Wow!! Stone house! :)

  • ??, 15 January 2011

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

  • Yoshifumi, 15 January 2011

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

  • Andrés, 15 January 2011

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

  • Andrés, 15 January 2011

    The Hospedería del Errante is in Chile.

  • Paulo, 15 January 2011

    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….

  • artjunks, 16 January 2011

    thanks for this…

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

  • Eelco, 16 January 2011

    The Cubic Houses are in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  • Uncle B, 16 January 2011

    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, 08 March 2011

      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.

  • Ashley, 16 January 2011

    the library book parking garage is in Kansas City MO.

  • Sean, 16 January 2011

    Denver Art Museum?

  • Shona, 17 January 2011

    Ripley’s Believe It or Not.2 Really scary

  • Nic, 17 January 2011

    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.

  • Thomas D, 18 January 2011

    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.

  • Michele, 19 January 2011

    Wow these are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Chirs Kaye, 26 January 2011

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

  • Ricardo, 29 January 2011

    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, 08 March 2011

      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, 03 August 2011

      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

  • Trevor, 08 March 2011

    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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  • Ms.Asmi Sharad, Architect, 04 March 2012

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

  • daniel asseffa, 02 May 2012

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

  • Hans, 25 September 2013


  • Eveline, 09 October 2013

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


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