25 Of The Strangest And Most Unusual Buildings On Earth

Posted by , Updated on January 2, 2014

From family homes to public hotels these are 25 of the strangest and most unusual buildings on Earth.


Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)

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It was built in 1958 for the Brussels World’s Fair.


Kansas City Library (Missouri, USA)

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The side of the building showcases 22 book titles selected by residents.


Rotating Tower, Dubai, UAE

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Although it is not yet built, upon completion each floor will rotate independently of the others giving the building a constantly shifting shape.


Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)

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Another conceptual structure built for the World’s Fair, this one has been turned into an apartment complex.


The National Library (Minsk, Belarus)

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It’s not just a library but also one of the main city attractions with the only observation deck in the city.


House Attack (Vienna, Austria)

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It was created by Erwin Wurm, a famous Austrian artist to get some attention. Needless to say he was successful.


Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

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Apparently they are supposed to look like trees and all together they resemble a forest.


The Church of Hallgrimur, Reykjavik, Iceland

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The church’s architect supposedly built it to resemble the lava flows on the island.


Eden project (United Kingdom)

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These enormous and futuristic biospheres each contain a miniature version of various climates found on Earth.


Atlantis (Dubai, UAE)

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This resort is built on an artificial island call The Palm


Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge, TN, USA)

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It’s basically an upside down science museum


Montreal Biosphere (Canada)

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Another biosphere, this time it was built by the US government for the Montreal Expo. Although it was meant to be taken down it still stands today.


The Basket Building (Ohio, USA)

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The Longaberger Company makes baskets and their headquarters proclaims that fact proudly.


Forest Spiral (Darmstadt, Germany)

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With over 1,000 windows no two are the same.


Casa de Pedra, Portugal

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Inspired by the Flintstones this rock house was built by a family as a retreat.


Cathedral of Brasilia (Brazil)

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It is constructed from 16 concrete columns and each one weighs 90 tons


Nautilus House (Mexico City, Mexico)

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Here’s a another family home that resulted from boredom and lots of extra cash.


Edificio Mirador, Madrid, Spain

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Its form is unmistakable thanks to a massive hole in its construction.


Ryugyong Hotel, Pyongyang, North Korea

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Also found on numerous “ugliest buildings” lists, this hotel is also known as the 105 building, a reference to the number of floors.


Elephant Building (Bangkok, Thailand)

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Possibly the most recognizable building in Bangkok, it is often listed as one of the world’s more iconic skyscrapers.


Shark Bar (Perm, Russia)

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It’s basically a boat that looks like a shark…only in Russia.


Piano shaped building (Huainan, China)

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Built by architectural students the piano and violin were built on a scale of 50:1


House Between The Rocks (France)

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We’re not sure why, but apparently building houses between rocks is cool these days.


Guitar Museum (TN, USA)

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This is museum marketing at its finest.


The Hole House (Texas, USA)

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When two houses were slated for demolition, artists came and decided to take advantage of the fact. Although it has now been demolished, for a few months it was quite literally a house with a hole in it.

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