THE 10 MOST INTERESTING BUILDINGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD
CRITERIA CONSIDERED: strange, bizarre, unexpected architecture – buildings that make you stay, take a moment, and imagine their story.
1. THE CROOKED HOUSE (SOPOT, POLAND)
Bult in 2004, this crazy looking building is situated in Sopot, at Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street. The architecture of the building is based on drawings by Jan MarcinSzancer and Per Dahlberg. It’s a popular tourist destination and inside are a number of pubs and restaurants, and it is the most photographed building in Poland (no wonder).
2. THE BASKET BUILDING (OHIO, UNITED STATES)
The Longaberger Basket Company building in Newark, Ohio is 2nd most strangest building in the world ! The 180,000-square-foot building is a replica of the company’s famous market basket, cost $30 million and took two years to complete. I guess the CEO of the company who envisioned this building can now rest assure that all employees are ‘touched’ by the product.
3. CUBIC HOUSES (ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS)
The original idea of these cubic houses came about in the 1970s. Piet Blom developed a couple of these cubic houses that were built in Helmond. The city of Rotterdam asked him to design housing on top of a pedestrian bridge and he decided to use the cubic houses idea. Blom’s vision was to create a kind of village. Now you can still see the shops on the ground floor, while upstairs families live in strange-shaped little homes.
4.Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States)
The impressive bookshelf covering the Kansas City Public Library parking garage is definitely our pick for number 6. The 480-car garage, at 10th Street and Baltimore Avenue, was completed in 2004. Its south façade looks like a giant’s book shelf, with 22 nearly 30-foot tall book spines sandwiched between glass-surrounded stairwells made to look like bookends. Designed for the people, for a real library experience. Nice!
5. Hang Nga Guesthouse/ Crazy House (Vietnam)
The famous attraction in Dalat, often called The Crazy House, is a bizarre network of caves, cubbyholes and hidden stairwells, with precarious bridges leading from one concrete tree house to another. It was designed by eccentric architect Hang Nga, also the daughter of former president Truong Chinh. Most tourists leave before dark, but if you like it you can rent a room there, and you may expect to go to sleep with the giant girafe’s red eyes on your window. BOOO!
6.Low impact woodland house (Wales, UK)
Location: Wales, UK
Architect: Simon Dale
Purpose: private house
“The house was built with maximum regard for the environment and by reciprocation gives us a unique opportunity to live close to nature.” he says . This building is one part of a low-impact or permaculture approach to life. This sort of life is about living in harmony with both the natural world and ourselves, doing things simply and using appropriate levels of technology.