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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.
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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

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Library Parking Garage

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The Crooked House, Sopot, Poland

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The Basket Building, Ohio, USA

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Cubic Houses

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Federation Square, Melbourne

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The UFO house in Sanjhih

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OH Columbus – Audible Dwelling 2

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Nord LB building, Hannover, Germany

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Tempe Municipal Building, Arizona, USA

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Dancing Building (Prague, Czech Republic)

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The Tianzi Hotel, China

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Gehry building II in Düsseldorf

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Manchester Civil Justice Centre

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Stone house

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Nakagin Capsule Tower, tokyo

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Take me to your… architect

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Standing alone

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The Alien landed…

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Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)

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The Device to Root Out Evil

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ING Headquarters (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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Upside Down House (Szymbark, Poland)

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Stata Center (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

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Dan and the house (Texas, USA)

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Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria)

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

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Container City (London, UK)

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

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Olympic Stadium (Montreal, Canada)

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Habitat 67 – Canada

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Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles

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La Pedrera, Spain)

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Strong Children’s Museumm, Rochester, USA

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National Belarusian Library in Minsk

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La Hospedería del Errante

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Cathedral of Brasilia, Brazil

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Atomium, Brussels, Belgium

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Chapel In the Rocks, USA

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Geisel Library

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Edificio Mirador, Madrid, Spain

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Frosti
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Frosti
5 years 8 months ago

Wow, some of them are really scary.

aisolve
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5 years 8 months ago

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

Vivek Parmar
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5 years 8 months ago

some of them are amazing and unusual. exceptionally great

Scott
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5 years 8 months ago

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
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5 years 8 months ago

Awesome! Thanks :)

tms
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5 years 8 months ago

the top post of today! thx

afzaal
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5 years 8 months ago

awesome… thanks for sharing ..

Brandon
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5 years 8 months ago

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

Nico Gubler
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Nico Gubler
5 years 8 months ago

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
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5 years 8 months ago

absolutely love it

Pedro Figueiredo
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5 years 8 months ago

I would like to add to this list the vodafone building, at Oporto, Portugal:
See for yourself:
http://www.google.com/images?um=1&hl=en&biw=1173&bih=706&tbs=isch:1&sa=1&q=vodafone+boavista+porto+portugal&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&oq=&gs_rfai=

David
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5 years 8 months ago

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

redwall_hp
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5 years 8 months ago

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
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5 years 8 months ago

The alien is a modern art gallery in Graz, Austria

Zeth
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5 years 8 months ago

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
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Clain Dsilva
5 years 8 months ago

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

Bob
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Bob
5 years 8 months ago

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

Jet
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5 years 8 months ago

Wow!! Stone house! :)

Kevin
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5 years 8 months ago

I am AMAZED that you do not have the Grande Arche – the main building of La Defense in Paris – in this list.

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On Google Images: http://www.google.ca/images?q=grande+arche&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&ei=YrkwTdHfN4T68Aao15zBCA&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ct=title&resnum=1&ved=0CCYQsAQwAA&biw=1920&bih=995

It has a HOLE in the center of the building that can be seen for MILES!

??
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5 years 8 months ago

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

Yoshifumi
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5 years 8 months ago

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

Andrés
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5 years 8 months ago

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

Andrés
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5 years 8 months ago

The Hospedería del Errante is in Chile.

Paulo
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Paulo
5 years 8 months ago

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
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5 years 8 months ago

thanks for this…

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

Eelco
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Eelco
5 years 8 months ago

The Cubic Houses are in Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Uncle B
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Uncle B
5 years 8 months ago

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
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Trevor
5 years 6 months ago

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
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5 years 8 months ago

the library book parking garage is in Kansas City MO.

Sean
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Sean
5 years 8 months ago

Denver Art Museum?

Shona
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Shona
5 years 8 months ago

Ripley’s Believe It or Not.2 Really scary

Nic
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Nic
5 years 8 months ago

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
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5 years 8 months ago

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
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5 years 8 months ago

Wow these are amazing! Thanks so much for sharing.

Chirs Kaye
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5 years 8 months ago

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

Ricardo
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Ricardo
5 years 8 months ago

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
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Trevor
5 years 6 months ago

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
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jean-louis
5 years 1 month ago

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
http://atoutcoeurimmobilier.blogspot.com/search/label/amazing%20house%20austria

Trevor
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Trevor
5 years 6 months ago

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.

Mathew Sidoti
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5 years 4 months ago

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Ms.Asmi Sharad, Architect
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Ms.Asmi Sharad, Architect
4 years 6 months ago

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

daniel asseffa
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daniel asseffa
4 years 4 months ago

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

Hans
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Hans
3 years 6 days ago

Awesome!

Eveline
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Eveline
2 years 11 months ago

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

Eveline

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