There’s always been a fine line between art and incoherent nonsense, between thoughtfulness and haphazardness. It seems more and more that developers, architects, and even
10. Krzywy Domek (Sopot, Poland)
This curious wonder, translated into English means “crooked little house”. There’s nothing little about this house. It measures 43,000 sq. ft. and was built in 2004. It was designed by an architectural firm inspired by fairytale imagery. It’s actually not a real house but rather a tourist trap attached to a local shopping center in Sopot, Poland. Just looking at it, it’s easy to dismiss its distorted curves as a creative photographic illusion. Don’t be fooled, this place is real. Housed inside the building are various shops, spas and salons as well as business meeting facilities and doctors’ offices. Next time you are in the northern part of Poland, on the coast of the Baltic Sea, plant a visit and see for yourself.
9. La Pedrera (Barcelona, Spain)
“The Quarry”, as per its English meaning, was built from 1906 to 1912 and was quite controversial in its day. The free flowing facades and round curves were not typical architectural creative expressions of the time. Despite its uniqueness and odd features, this building was quite innovative once built. The structural design was advanced and it even sported an underground parking garage. In 1984, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site, which certainly adds bragging rights to its already impressive design.
8. Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)
This ultra-unique, weird looking structure reminiscent of 1950’s science fiction comic books was built in 1958 for the Expo 58, Brussels World’s Fair. This 335 ft. tall and 59 ft. wide piece of art is made of stainless steel covered spheres which are joined in imitation of an iron crystal structure. One notable difference is that it’s about 165 billion times larger than an actual iron crystal. This building is in fact a museum and comes complete with elevator and large interior spaces.
7. Nautilus House (Mexico City, Mexico)
This amazing living space, built in 2006 in Mexico City, was made to resemble a snail shell on the exterior. Actually, the interior is no less snail-like. Designed by a young couple, with small children, who wanted to connect closer to nature. This idea was a perfect fit for their lifestyle and values. There is extensive use of tiling and mosaics throughout the entire house which add a significant splash of color. Corners are rounded, spaces are modern and crisp. The master bedroom is complete with a sheik circular bed. As fun and refreshing as this little gem is, it surely is one of the weirdest looking buildings on earth. This is not your garden variety living space.
6. Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)
This community housing complex resembles a series of children’s building blocks stacked haphazardly in an imaginative way. Designed by renowned architect, Moshe Safdie, his creation was actually conceived as a Master’s thesis while studying at McGill University in Montreal. It was later selected to be built as part of the World’s Fair in 1967 in Montreal. It is known as a significant landmark not only in Montreal but across Canada and perhaps even the world.
5. Dr. Seuss House (Willow, Alaska)
This fantastical and whimsical tower of a house definitely belongs in a Dr. Seuss story. A castle of a home, it is not one, not two, not three, not four, not five, but more stories tall. It was in the process of being built over a 10 year period when the original owner passed away. After sitting vacant for several years it was purchased privately and renovations were again underway. Local folklore tells of the original owner having built his home just tall enough to overlook the recent forest fire ravaged tree line and enjoy the magnificent mountain ranges of Mt. McKinley. Eventually though, as the regrowth of the forest took hold, he had no choice but to continue adding additional levels to the house if he wanted to keep enjoying his perfect view.
4. Basket Building (Ohio, USA)
Known as the basket building, this wacky office building is actually home to the Longaberger Company. This American heritage company was founded in 1973 and at one time employed more than 8,200 Americans. Unfortunately, over the past ten years they have been forced to significantly trim their workforce, to a much slimmer 340 employees. This family owned and operated American success story decided in 1997 to build its 180,000 sq. ft. corporate headquarters on State Route 16 in the image of one of its own baskets. It’s become somewhat of a landmark and perfect example of novelty architecture.
3. Experience Music Project (Seattle, Washington)
This completely weird and utterly busy and artistic looking building is actually a famous museum for contemporary popular culture. It was the brainchild of Microsoft Corporation co-founder Paul Allen in 2000. The museum is also in part a museum of science fiction and has hosted numerous impressive exhibits and film festivals. Totaling 140,000 sq. ft., the EMP houses multiple galleries, including interactive exhibits and educational programs. The EMP is located on the grounds of the Seattle Center which is also next to the Space Needle, an impressive 605 ft. tall observation tower.
2. Weisman Art Museum (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Under the right conditions such as a bright and sunny day, you may well get an eye full from this highly reflective odd looking structure. The bulk of the exterior is clad in stainless steel, making it a highly brilliant surface indeed. This museum, however, is a work of art unto itself. Built in 1993 by a famous architect, Frank Gehry, it houses an impressive 20,000 piece modern art collection.
1. Da Vinci Tower (Dubai, UAE)
Coined by several names including the Dynamic Tower, Rotating Building, and Da Vinci Tower, this marvelously impressive building is actually in development. Currently, in the conceptual phase, created by David Fisher of Dynamic Architecture, this forward-looking feat of engineering mastery aims to build a modern steel skyscraper with completely rotating floors. If rotating floors weren’t impressive enough, it will also contain wind turbines located between floors which are capable of generating enough electricity to power the building. It would be totally self-sufficient in energy consumption. This concept is so bold, it’s not only weird it’s utterly impressive and profound. Let’s hope it actually gets built and revolutionizes the future of building architecture. It easily tops our list of the weirdest looking buildings on earth.