Architecture is an art and there is no reason why architects can’t go abstract with their designs. Very few people experiment with buildings, and those who do create unique masterpieces which stand out remarkably. Presenting, 11 quirky and unusual buildings from around the world that would make you want to just stand and stare.
1. The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)
Built in 2004 by architect Szotynscy Zaleski, this building is said to be the most photographed building in the world. The first look will make you think if the house is digitally altered. It looks like a home from one of those fascinating fairy tales. It is part of the Rezydent Shopping Centre in Sopot.
2. Stone House (Guimaraes, Portugal)
This unique piece of architecture actually resembles the famous Flintstones’ house. It has bullet proof windows and walls and a comfy interior including a fireplace and the location is picturesque.
3. Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)
Atonium is the symbol of the city of Brussels. It was constructed in 1958 for the World Expo and it stands 102m (335ft) high and it forms the shape an iron crystal atom magnified 165 billion times.
4. Kansas City Library (Missouri, USA)
One of the most striking features of downtown Kansas City, is the obscured garage in a community book shelf. Covered in signboard mylar, the garage appears to be a row of books lined up on a shelf except in this case the “books” are 25 feet high and nine feet wide.
5. Rotating Tower (Dubai, UAE)
Designed by David Fischer, this building constantly keeps changing its shape. The tower revolves in such a way that every floor gets a 360 degree view in one day. How cool is that?
6. Nautilus House (Mexico City, Mexico)
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This sea shell house is based on an aquatic theme. The owners, being nature loves have kept that element alive. The interiors look like an underwater setting with beautiful furniture made from sea shells.
7. National Theatre (Beijing, China)
The National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), took six years to build. The project was started in 2001 by Paul Andreu and it got over in 2007. Every effort put in was worth it as the egg shaped building made of titanium and glass looks phenomenal on an artificial lake.
8. Conch Shell House (Isla Mujeres, Mexico)
This beautiful conch shell house is surrounded by Caribbean Ocean and is made of concrete and recycled materials. The interiors of the house like conch shell sinks, coral faucets, sea shell towel racks etc. are amazing.
9. Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Built by Piet Blom in the 1970s, the cubic houses are an epitome of great architecture. The utilisation of space is amazing and they and exquisite to look at!
10. Palais Bulles (Cannes, France)
This beautiful Bay of Cannes facing house is owned by Pierre Cardin. The bubble house defines the height of luxury living and is only used by the owner for big parties and festivals.
11. Upside Down House (Szymbark, Poland)
The Upside Down house standing on its roof is a popular tourist spot. You can visit and stand on the ceiling and experience the life you will never encounter again. Then entrance is through one of the window roofs.