25 of the World’s Most Strange-Looking Structures

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There is no limit to one’s imagination. And if you can imagine it, you can make it happen for real. These buildings will prove that true.

From a stone house to a library that looks like pile of books to a dancing house (yes, a dancing house), these structures look so strange, which make them stand out from the rest. Check some of them by reading on.

1. The Bank of Asia (Robot Building), Bangkok, Thailand

Designed by Sumet Humsai, this robotlike structure is made for the Bank of Asia to show the computerization of banking. It is located in Th Sathin Tai, Sathon, bangkok, Thailand and was completed in 1980s.

2. Nord Landesbank Building, Hannover, Germany

The Nord Landesbank Building, abbreviated NORD/LB, is made for the German bank Nord/LB. It is 18 stories high and stands 83.52 meters high. It is made that way to give a warm work atmosphere to approximately 1,500 staff members working for the bank.

3. Ripley’s Building, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

The building in Ontario, Canada, just like what the show Ripley’s Believe It or Not features, is just simply eye-opening.

4. The Egg, Empire State Plaza, New York, USA

Designed by Harrison & Abramovits, this egg-shaped building is a performing arts center in Albany, New York. It was built between 1966 and 1978 and was named such because of its appearance.

5. Mammy’s Cupboard, Natchez, MS, USA

The Mammy’s Cupboard is a restaurant in US Highway 61, south of Natchez, Mississippi. It is built in the shape of a mammy archetype, a Southern United States archetype for a black woman who work as a housekeeper or nanny  and nurse the children of a white family.

6. Beijing National Stadium, Beijing, China

This stadium in Beijing, China, is also called the Bird’s Nest. Presently used for football matches, this was originally used for the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

7. Solar Furnace, Odeillo, France

 

 

A solar furnace is a structure that uses concentrated solar power to produce high temperature for industries. The largest of them can be found in Ordeillo in Pyrenees-Orientales, France.

8. Erwin Wurm: House Attack, Viena, Austria

This unique structure is designed by Erwin Wurm, an artist known for his unusual, humurous works.

9. Wooden Gagster House, Archangelsk, Russia

Standing 144 feet tall, it is the tallest wooden building ever built. It has thirteen stories and was made by a former gangster, Nikolai Sutyagin.

10. The Hole House, Texas, United States

While we are trying our best to leave no holes in our house, this building was made like a hole intentionally. Located in Texas, it was created in 2005 from two houses that were set for demolition. It was made by Houston sculptors Dan Havel and Dean Ruck.

11. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain

Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the Guggenheim Museum in Spain was opened in 1997 and was hailed as the most important sculpture at the time.

12. Weird House in Alps

Just by hearing its name, you would expect a really weird-looking structure, and when you see it, you wouldn’t be disappointed. Looking all-white, this house is described by an architecture Web site as something like a hospital bedpan.

13. The Ufo House, Sanjhih, Taiwan

 

 

Do you believe in UFO? Maybe not, unless you see one for real. But try to visit this UFO House in Taiwan, and perhaps, when you get out, you’ll be the one to convince your friends that they exist. In 2010, however, these UFO houses were all demolished, and the site is said to be turned to a commercial resort and waterpark.

14. Stone House, Guimarães, Portugal

The Stone House is located in the Fafe mountains of northern Portugal and was built out of the four huge boulders found on the site.

15. Mind House (Barcelona, Spain)

Antoni Gaudi is a Spanish Catalan architect is a famous personality when it comes to buildings, and this Mind House is one of his well-known creations. This one is located in Barcelona, Spain, and is frequently listed as one of the most creative buildings in the world.

16. Dancing Building (Prague, Czech Republic)

It is hard to learn how to dance, and after a few days and weeks of trying to move your body as graceful as it can, you will still end up messing the hole choreography. So if that doesn’t work, why not let a building do the job? This Dancing House in Prague will tell you how.

17. Hang Nga Guesthouse (Crazy House), Vietnam

Called the crazy house, this structure sure deserves its name. Some describe it as a creepy place because of its shape. We don’t really know if a fairy tale princess would want to stay here, but we’re sure villains will.

18. The Crooked House

Roads are not the only thing that can be crooked because a house can too. The Crooked House is a public house and restaurant in South Staffordshire, England.

19. The Basket Building (Ohio, United States)

The Basket Building serves as the headquarters for The Longaberger Company, a company in America that makes and distributes maple wood baskets and other home and lifestyle products. It is a seven-story building and is perhaps the largest basket you will ever see in your whole life.

 

 

20. Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)

What building would be more suitable to house books but the one that looks like a book itself? The Kansas City Library appears like a giant bookshelf that will give you a concrete overview of what to expect inside it.

21. WonderWorks (Pigeon Forge, TN, United States)

WonderWorks focuses on science exhibits that has themes of space, physics, and mathematics. It has five locations, and this one in Pigeon Forge is certainly a must-see.

22. The Piano House — Anhui, China

This building’s creator sure did take his love for music to a whole new level. The Piano House is located in Huainan, China, and gives you a new way to express your passion for singing and playing musical instruments.

23. Kunsthaus Graz—Graz, Austria

Considered as an architectural landmark in Graz, Austria, the Kunsthaus Graz was created by London architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier. It is also called The Friendly Alien, and for four decades, the museum houses exhibitions that features contemporary art.

24. Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)

Habitat 67 is a housing complex in Montreal, Canada. It was designed by Canadian architect Moshe Safdie and is comprised of 354 identical, prefabricated concrete forms, standing 12 stories high.

25. Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

The Cube Houses are a group of forty cube-shaped houses located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They are all tilted 45 degrees and has become the first cube-shaped houses in Holland.

Talk about unconventional, these houses prove that houses should not have four corners in every room and a pointed roof to be comfortable. And when you visit one of these places, have someone with you. You might not be able to move because of shock.

 

 

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