Buildings and Architectural designs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, these have been adapted throughout history for a wide number of factors ranging from the available building materials, to ground conditions, weather conditions, to land prices and aesthetic reasons. From time immemorial, buildings have been serving several needs of man and the society – As a source shelter from bad weather conditions and as a general living space. Buildings also provide us with privacy, storage facilities, and a place of work.
Right from the first cave paintings, buildings and architectural designs have also become objects or canvasess of artistic expression. From the Ancient Architecture in Egypt, India, Rome, China, Greece, Maya, Scotland to more recent pieces of Architecture in the USA and Canada, we have seen so many incredible designs, while some of them appear conventional and normal, some others look odd, strange or bizzare, we’ve therefore decided to compile a list of some of the weirdest and strangest buildings in the world.
The Crooked House ( Sopot , Poland )
The “Crooked House” is located on the main street Monte Cassino, it has become a centre of attraction in Poland. The architecture of this house is amusing, The Krzywy Domek which translates as “The Crooked house” in English language was built in 2004. It is approximately 4,000 square meters in size and is part of the Rezydent shopping center. It was designed by Szotyńscy & Zaleski who were inspired by the fairytale illustrations and drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. This building is the most photographed building in Poland today.
Pabellon de Aragon (Zaragoza)
This building was constructed and used for the Expo 2008 which took place in Zaragoza from 14 June to 14 September 2008, The 2008 Zargoza Expo was designed to promote a relationship between humans, water and sustainable development (Development that achieves the need of the current generation without compromising that of the future generation). Currently nothing is known more about the future of the building
The Basket Building (Ohio, USA)
This is a 7 story Longaberger Basket Building located in Longaberger Town, Newark, Ohio, United states. It is the corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company, An American manufacturer of handcrafted maple wood baskets that also offers other home and lifestyle products, including pottery, wrought iron, fabric accessories and specialty foods. The basket is a replica 160 times larger of Longaberger’s Medium Market Basket measuring 192 ft. long by 126 ft. wide at the bottom, spreading to 208 ft. long by 142 ft. wide at the roofline. The buiding is a magnificent sight especially at night. It was completed in December 1997 and was awarded the 1997 Build Ohio Award.
Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge, TN, USA)
This is a themed building designed by architect Terry Nicholson to look as it were picked up by severe weather and dropped upside down on an existing building. The building is owned by WonderWorks interactive attraction, When you enter the building, everything will be upside-down, so in order to participate in the fun, you must be inverted. Step inside the inversion tunnel and be turned right side up to begin your journey. Once you are properly aligned for your adventure, family fun awaits with more than 100 hands on exhibits. Feel hurricane force winds, be shaken by a 6.0 simulated earthquake, discover space exploration”. There is so much to see and do at the WonderWorks attractions.
Stone House (FAFE, Portugal)
This unusual, prehistoric-looking residence consists of a roof, windows, door, and chimney constructed between two large stones. the house is rumored to be inspired by the popular American Flintstones cartoon. Apart from the fact that it is weird and bizarre looking, it is also natural. It attracts thousands of tourists every year all over the world, anytime you pay a visit to Portugal, you might want to check it out.
Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Viena, Austria)
Erwin Wurm was a temporary installation during the Erwin Wurm exhibition in the end of 2006. It is an outdoor sculpture at the Museum Moderner Kunst (MuMoK) in Vienna. Architects: Ortner & Ortner, 1998–2001.
Walt Disney Concert Hall (L.A, California, USA)
Home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, this concert hall is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated in the world. The building was designed by architect Frank Gehry, A Canadian-American Pritzker Prize-winning architect based in Los Angeles. It is designed to be one of the most acoustically sophisticated concert halls in the world, providing both visual and aural intimacy for an unparalleled musical experience.
Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, USA)
The Community Bookshelf is a fascinating feature of Kansas City’s downtown. It features 22 titles reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees. It runs along the south wall of the Central Library’s parking garage on 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue. The book spines, which measure approximately 25 feet by 9 feet, are made of signboard mylar. The bookshelf was completed between March and the fall of 2004.
Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)
This is a model community and housing complex in Montreal, Canada, designed by Israeli–Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. It was originally conceived as his master’s thesis in architecture at McGill University and then built as a pavilion for Expo 67, the World’s Fair held from April to October 1967.
National Aquatics Center [Water Cube (Beijing, China)]
This is a mega architecture that was built alongside Beijing National Stadium in the Olympic Green for the swimming competitions of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Since then, the owners have transformed the space into the fascinating Magic Water Park, with a lazy river, a wave pool, floating jellyfish and so much more. Now Beijing’s second most visited tourist spot (after the Great Wall), it is a hot spot for family activity and the largest water park in Asia.