Top 10 Strangest Looking Buildings

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New and old, the world has seen many interesting buildings. When architects are bored or interested they create the weirdest building on earth. But none quite as weird as

these top 10. From the UFO house in Taiwan to the Hole House in Texas, these buildings are a must to visit on your bucket list. Ok, let’s go ahead and know a bit about each of the masterpieces. Here are the top 10 strangest looking buildings.

 

10. The National Library (Minsk, Belarus)

The National Library (Minsk, Belarus)

This building not only looks diamond shaped. It is diamond shaped. This library is a major tourist attraction in Belarus. This 22 story building is also 236 feet high and can hold up to 2,000 readers and has a 500 person conference hall. 

9. Forest Spiral, Hundertwasser Building (Darmstadt, Germany)

Forest Spiral, Hundertwasser Building

Constructed in Darmstadt in 2000, the architectural design of Hundertwasser house was the idea of Friedensreich Hundertwasser. He is popular for his weird, colorful architectural designs that have irregular but organic shapes, such as onion-like domes.

The building in the picture has 105 apartments and surrounds a landscaped courtyard. On the top southeast corner of the building, you can find a cocktail bar and a restaurant. 

8. The Torre Galatea Figueras (Spain)

The Torre Galatea Figueras

The Dali Theatre and Museum is located in Spain. Salvador Dali, a famous artist, lived in this town. The building has a strange architecture with many giant eggs on top of its roof. The artist spent the last days of his life in there.

The reconstruction of the main museum was done in the same place where the first open exhibitions of the artist’s art were held. During the Spanish Civil War, bombs were dropped on the old theater. The ruins of the theater remained there for years until the artist along with the Figueres’ mayor rebuilt it.

In 1974, the museum was opened to the public and was continued to be expanded until 1980. The structure has a huge collection of Salvador Dali’s works. In a vault under the Teatre-Museum, Dali was buried. 

7. Ferdinand Cheval Palace also known as Ideal Palace (France)

Ferdinand Cheval Palace also known as Ideal Palace

Built in 1912 by Ferdinand Cheval, a postman, The Ideal Palace, also known as Ferdinand Cheval Palace, is on the list of the most popular attractions in France. As far as naïve art architecture goes, the palace is considered as a great example. Not only is this one of the most strangest looking buildings it’s also one of the most unique buildings that exist.

While delivering mail on a fine day in 1879, the postman tripped on a big stone. The weird shape of the stone triggered his imagination and he started gathering stones from that area. Cheval made his mind to create wonderful shapes with the stones he collected.

Over the next 3 decades, Ferdinand Cheval built a structure he named Temple of Nature. Moreover, for carrying the stones, he got a wheelbarrow. He used to work at night in the light of an oil lamp. And guess what? His hard work paid off and his name became part of history. 

6. National Theatre (Beijing, China)

architect; Paul Andreu

This egg shaped building took 6 years to built. An artificial lake was created around the building to create a reflection of the building making it look like an egg. It cost nearly $500 million to complete this building. This theatre can hold as many as 5,452 people and has 3 giant halls. 

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

Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)

Kansas City Public Library is located in the centre of Kansas City. It is on the list of one of the main projects of the Kansas City’s development. The residents of the city were asked to choose books that are real representatives of the Kansas City, and then those titles were made part of the innovative design of the exterior of the parking garage to spur on the residents and visitors to use the City’s public library. 

4. Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge, TN, United States)

Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge, TN, United States)

Wonderworks is one of the most popular entertainment hubs of the US with a focus on the science exhibits held in 5 different places in the States. “Let Your Imagination Run Wild” is the popular slogan of the company.

As said earlier, WonderWorks has a number of locations and each of them has interactive exhibits on various themes, such as math, physics and space. At some locations, you can enjoy a magic show as well.

Inside the upside down building shown below, the exhibits are held. The design of this building is the creation of an architect named Michael Ussery. Maybe the building was dropped upside down by severe weather, just saying. Tell me if you don’t think that this is one of the strangest looking buildings you have ever seen. 

3. Museum of Contemporary Art (Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Museum of Contemporary Art (Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

This building looks like a real UFO spaceship. The original intent of the design was to create a building that looks different to attract attention and tourist making it one of the strangest looking buildings in Brazil and in the world. The weird design accomplished just that. 

2. Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

Cubic Houses Top 10 Strangest Looking Buildings

First of all, the idea of the cubic houses was generated in the 1970s. In Helmond, some of the cubic houses were developed by Piet Blom.

Upon request from the city of Rotterdam, he designed housing on the pedestrian bridge. Then Piet Blom made his mind to put this idea to use. The idea behind the structures was to create a forest near every cube showing an abstract tree. In a way, the entire village turns into a forest. 

1. Hang Nga Guesthouse also known as Crazy House (Vietnam)

Hang Nga Guesthouse also known as Crazy House

Vietnam’s ex-president’s daughter owned the Crazy House, also known as Hang Nga Guesthouse. Unlike conventional houses, it features unexpected roofs, rooms, turns and twists. In other words, it looks like a structure from the never-never land.

You can find gigantic “animals”, such as a spider and a giraffe around the house. The house has windows that are neither round nor rectangular. The house looks like a museum of a sort.

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