Top 10 Strangest Buildings in the World – In this article we are going to talk about the most incredible buildings in the world. We are providing some info and photos of the 10 buildings that we never thought that exists. Nowadays it’s not enough that a building serves its purpose of housing residential or office properties. A building should be a statement, a landmark. It should be innovative, novel and above all, unique. Please enjoy and tell us what were your impressions.
1. The Crooked House. Sopot, Poland
When you first see a photo of the incredible ‘Crooked House’ in Sopot, Poland, It really does look like something out of a children’s fairytale but the building is 100% real and was designed by architect Szotynscy Zaleski. It was built in 2004 and is part of the Rezydent Shopping Centre in Sopot. It is believed to be the most photographed building in Poland and it’s easy to see why.
2. The Basket Building. Ohio, USA
As far as unique looking buildings go, the ‘Basket Building’ in Ohio, USA, has to be near the top of the list. The building is actually officially the world’s largest basket and is seven stories high. The handles at the top of the building weigh an incredible 150 tons and can even be heated during cold weather to prevent ice and frost damage.
3. The Dancing Building. Prague, Czech Republic
The Dancing House in Prague, Czech Republic, is such an iconic structure due to it’s location as much as it’s incredible design. The beautiful and modern glass structure is surrounded on both sides by historic Czech architecture, making it stand out even more. The building was designed by architects Vlado Milunc and Frank O’Gehry.
4. Shoe House. Pennsylvania, USA
The Haines Shoe House may not be the biggest building on this list but it is certainly one of the most charming. The house was built back in 1948 by shoe salesman, Mahlon Haines. The house has a living room located in the toe, a kitchen in the heel, while two bedrooms are located in the ankle.
5. Burj Khalifa. Dubai, UAE
Just one look at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai makes it immediately obvious why it is such an incredible building. It consists of 163 floors and stands at an incredible 829.8 m (2,722 ft) high, making it the tallest man made structure in the world. It’s nearly 3 times the height of the Eiffel Tower and houses an amazing 3.331 million square foot of floor space, including 30,000 homes and 9 hotels.
6. Wonderworks. Orlando, Florida
The Wonderworks building is designed by architect Terry Nicholson and is his image of what it would look like if a building was picked up in a storm and dropped, upside down, on another building. Inside the building there are space, physics and maths entertainment exhibits. The company’s slogan is ‘Let your imagination run wild.
7. Piano House. Huainan, China
Although the Piano House in Huainan, China, may look like the home of a multi-millionaire rockstar, it is actually a showroom, used for exhibiting the plans for a newly created district in the area. The building was designed by the Hefei University of Technology and was built in 2007. The beautiful glass violin is more than just a decorative touch and actually houses an escalator and stairway that allow access to the main house. The building has proved very popular with both tourists and newly weds, looking for a unique photo opportunity.
8. Stone House. Guimaraes, Portugal
Many people like a rustic and simple feel to their homes but the Stone House in Guimaraes, Portugal, takes things to a whole new level. The house is located in the Fafe mountains and has been constructed between two huge natural boulders. It may feature windows, a roof and a door like most homes but that’s where the similarity ends. The unique home has been compared to a house out of The Flintstones and attracts thousands of tourists each year.
9. Kansas City Public Library. Missouri, USA
Libraries are often seen as quiet and boring buildings but the public library in Kansas City, Missouri, is anything but it. As part of a project to help cover up the car parking area and improve the image of the downtown district, huge book spines were erected along the south wall of the library. The choice of which books to use were suggested by Kansas City residents and then selected by the trustees of the library. There are 22 book spines in total, each measuring approximately 25 by 9 feet.
10. Capital Gate. Abu Dhabi, UAE
The Capital Gate building in Abu Dhabi not only looks incredible but is also a record holder. The 160 m (520 ft) high skyscraper contains 35 floors and has an incredible 18 degree incline to the west (4 times that of the Leaning Tower of Pisa). This officially makes it ‘the world’s furthest leaning man made tower.’ The building was completed in 2011 and is home to a 5-star hotel and additional office space.
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