25 Weirdest Buildings In The World

Posted by , Updated on July 23, 2018

Have you ever wondered what the weirdest buildings in the world are? Well, look no further! Whether its a hotel, restaurant, or just an office building, who says it has to look normal and boring? Although some of these buildings are probably going to make you wonder what kind of crazy thoughts the architect was thinking, it’s hard to not appreciate the creativity involved. These are the 25 Weirdest Buildings In The World.
25

The Basket Building (Ohio, United States)

basket

Headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company in Newark, Ohio, this building is constructed to look exactly like the basket they are famous for producing. Although numerous experts tried to convince the David Longaberger to go for something a little different, his mind was set.

24

Elephant Building (Bangkok, Thailand)

elephant towerSource: http://www.levins.com/lucy_bangkok.html

This 335-foot high structure was built with a sense of humor. It’s an urban complex, housing shopping malls, business offices, and apartments.

23

Shark Bar (Perm, Russia)

shark barhttp://englishrussia.com/2007/08/29/shark-bar/

This cool-looking bar is made from an old boat. It’s on stilts, so when the Kama River has too much water, it spills over and the shark bar looks like it’s sitting on the water.

22

Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)

habitat

Sometimes shortened to just Habitat, this model housing community was built for Expo 67 (the World Fair in 1967).

21

The Sheep Building (Tirau, Waikato, New Zealand)

sheepSource: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/big-dog-and-sheep

In this small town, they built a giant sheep building in 1990 and later built more giant animal buildings, like a dog and a ram.


20

Upside Down House (Szymbark, Poland)

upside down house

Built by Polish businessman Daniel Czapiewski, this house was meant to make a statement about the Communist era and the state of affairs in the world.

19

Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

cube house

This innovative set of houses found in the Netherlands is based on the idea of “living as an urban roof.” In some abstract way, this essentially means the architect intended to make each house look like a tree and so that all together they would resemble a forest.

18

Teakettle Building (Rockbridge County, VA, USA )

teapotSource: https://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/6174

Built in the 1950’s as a coffee pot and to serve as a restaurant, it eventually passed on to several owners, all using it as a business of some kind.

17

The Amazing Flying House (Sarzana, Italy)

flying house

Although it may not look special at first glance, what makes this house unique is not its appearance but rather its abilities. Running on rails, it can swivel 360 degrees and move up and down.

16

Piano shaped building (Huainan, China)

piano houseSource: https://unusualplaces.org/piano-house/

This piano shaped building was made in 2007 by the Hefei University of Technology and acts as an exhibit. Also, at night, it lights up.

15

Hang Nga Guesthouse a.k.a Crazy House (Vietnam)

crazy house

Owned by the daughter of the ex-president of Vietnam, this house really does live up to its name. It seemingly follows no standard theme for its design as the only consistent thing about it is its inconsistency. No two windows look alike, and yes, that it is a large giraffe head sticking out of the ground.

14

House Between The Rocks (France)

house inbetween the rockSource: https://www.amusingplanet.com/2014/10/castle-meur-house-between-rocks.html

Also known as Castle Meur, this lovely cottage is exactly what it means, a house between two rocks. The house was built in 1861 when housing permits didn’t exist and could be built wherever.

13

Guitar Museum (TN, USA)

guitarSource: https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/5850

It’s advertised as the world’s only guitar shaped music museum. It was built in 1983 and, of course, is located in Tennessee. 

12

Wonder egg (Ishigakijima Island, Japan )

wonder egg

Just in case you were wondering about this wonder egg – it’s meant to be a lookout tower for birdwatchers.

11

Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)

kansas city library

When this parking garage was being built in downtown Kansas City, the people selected a number of books they felt best represented their history and culture to be included in the construction.

10

Stone House (Guimarães, Portugal)

stone houseSource: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/stone-house

Many thought this house was a hoax, but journalists investigated it and discovered it was, in fact, real. Naturally, the construction was inspired by the Flintstones.

9

Forest Spiral – Hundertwasser Building (Darmstadt, Germany)

forest spiral

Constructed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the famous Austrian architect, this structure is known for its vibrant colors.

8

The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)

crooked houseSource: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/crooked-house

Popular for tourists and photographers, this warped house was built in 2004 and is part of the Rezydent shopping center.

7

The Hole House (Texas, USA)

hole houseSource: http://www.strangebuildings.thegrumpyoldlimey.com/2011/07/hole-house-houston-tx-usa.html

This house is exactly what it describes and looks like space and time collapsed, creating a constant warp hole.

6

Puzzling World Lake Wanaka (Otago, New Zealand)

puzzling world

Found near Wanaka, New Zealand, this tourist attraction started out as little more than a maze in 1973 but steadily grew into something more closely resembling a theme park.

5

Reversible Destiny Lofts (Mitaka, Japan)

colorsSource: http://www.slate.com/blogs/atlas_obscura/2014/10/24/the_reversible_destiny_lofts_in_mitaka_tokyo.html

Founded by Shusaku Arakawa, this apartment building is so unique it comes with instructions for use.

4

Office Center “1000″ a.k.a. Banknote (Kaunas, Lithuania)

1000_litų,_KaunasSource: https://www.baltictimes.com/news/articles/19826/

A building that looks like a giant banknote naturally garners a lot of attention, drawing many tourists out to see it. Despite its exterior, those behind the building insist it’s not a monument to the power of money.

3

Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)

atomiumSource: http://atomium.be/

This building shaped like a giant atom was actually built in 1958 for the World’s Fair. It was built as a beacon of hope and optimism for the future of mankind.

2

The Bank of Asia - Robot Building (Bangkok, Thailand)

robot buildlingSource: http://www.nothingtoseehere.net/2008/08/bank_of_asia_headquarters_bang_1.html

Part of Bangkok’s financial district, this robot building is quite a sight to behold. It was built in 1986 and is 20 stories tall.

1

The Big Pineapple (Nambour, Queensland)

pineapple buildingSource: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-big-pineapple

This is the biggest pineapple building in the world. There is another pineapple building in Australia, but this one copied it and made it 56 feet (17 meters) tall, two feet taller than the original.

Photo: Featured Image - Niagara66, Longaberger Basket building 01, CC BY-SA 4.0, 1. NJR ZA, Eastern Cape-Big Pineapple-001, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 2. Oran Viriyincy from Bothell, WA, United States, Robot building, CC BY-SA 2.0 , 3. Flickr user Mike Cattell, Atomium 320 by 240 CCBY20 flickr Mike Cattell, CC BY 2.0 , 4. Vilensija, 1000 litų, Kaunas, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 5. Takahiro Hayashi, 三鷹天命反転住宅, CC BY-SA 2.0, 6. Pavel Špindler, Wanaka - The Puzzling World and Great Maze - panoramio, CC BY 3.0 , 7. Nick Douglas; artwork by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck, Inversion house artwork, CC BY 2.0 , 8. Abhijeet Rane from Bangalore, India, The Crooked House of Sopot, Poland (3173810231), CC BY 2.0 , 9. Pixabay.com (Public Domain), 10. Pablo García Chao, 1568 - 240411 - Parte posterior de la Casa do Penedo, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 11. Caleb Zahnd, Kansas City Public Library, CC BY 2.0, 12. This and That and More of the Same (Fair Use: Illustrative Purposes Only), 13. Fuzzphotoz, Grand Guitar, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 14. Tael, Castel Meur, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 15. Kelisi, HangNgaCrazyHouse2, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 16. Unusualplaces.com (Fair Use: Illustrative Purposes Only), 17. Babele Dunnit, The Amazing Flying House, CC BY 2.0, 18. Taber Andrew Bain, Teakettle Building, CC BY 2.0, 19. Raul Ayres, Rotterdam Cube House street view, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 20. Tomasz Sienicki [user: tsca, mail: tomasz.sienicki at gmail.com], 09 25 DOM SZ 2, CC BY 3.0 , 21. Phillip Capper, The dog and sheep buildings, Tirau, Waikato, New Zealand, 3 April 2008, CC BY 2.0 , 22. Sylvain Pastor, Habitat-67, CC BY-SA 3.0 , 23. Pinterest.com (Fair Use: Illustrative Purposes Only), 24. Jarcje, Elephant tower, CC BY-SA 4.0 , 25. Niagara66, Longaberger Basket building 01, CC BY-SA 4.0

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