There are many magnificent buildings in the world with amazing designs. Some of them are quite strange. Today, our effort is to present you 10 strangest buildings of the world.
1. Upside Down House (Szymbark, Poland)
As the name suggests, the building’s upside is placed down, meaning the building stands on its roof. The “Upside Down House” evokes a strange feeling – entry is through a roof window and visitors walk around on the ceilings. The interior is furnished in the style of socialist realism – there is a TV room and a dresser with crystal objects, a toilet from the 1970’s and propaganda of the time coming from the television. The foundations alone required 200m³of concrete. The house is not the only attraction of the Centre – the world’s longest plank can also be found here (it is 36.83m long, weighs 1.1 tons and is registered in the Guinness Book of Records). The Nobel Laureate Lech Walesa’s table is also here.
2. Stone House (GuimarÃ£es, Portugal)
It is located in the Fafe Mountains of Portugal. It is a two-storied building built between 4 large boulders. The property includes many amenities, including a fireplace and swimming pool.
3. Rotating Tower, Dubai, UAE (concept)
While this building technically hasn’t been constructed yet, the plan to create it has been in place for several years. When finished, all 80 floors will rotate independently, spanning 360 degrees every 90 minutes.
This building will have wind turbines fitted between each rotating floor (picture 2). So an 80-story building will have up to 79 wind turbines, making it a true green power plant.
4. Casa da musica (Porto, Portugal)
Casa da Música (in English, it is pronounced as House of Music) is a major concert hall space in Porto, Portugal which houses the cultural institution of the same name with its three orchestras Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orquestra Barroca and Remix Ensemble. It was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas with Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Arup-AFA, and was built as part of Porto’s project for European Culture Capital in 2001 but was only finished in the first half of 2005 and immediately became an icon in the city. Inside Outside (Petra Blaisse) designed the large 13 curtains, ranging from 22m x 15m to 65m x 8m, and the gold leaf wood grain pattern on the large auditorium. The building was inaugurated on 15 April 2005 by the Portuguese president.
5. House Attack (Vienna, Austria)
This building is located in the heart of Vienna. House Attack is the first modern art piece you will see when arriving at the museum. The building’s exterior features a small family home wedged onto its roof. The building contains a large collection of 20th and 21st century modern art, including works from classical modernity, Cubism, Futurism and Surrealism up to the art movements of the 1960s and 1970s, Pop Art, Fluxus and Nouveau Réalisme.
6. Cubic Houses (Kubus woningen) (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
The Cubic Houses in Rotterdam were constructed by Piet Blom in the 1970s after he was asked to solve the dilemma of building houses on top of a pedestrian bridge.
His concept behind it was to create a forest of houses, with each cube representing an abstract tree.
7. Eden Project (United Kingdom)
The Eden Project is a visitor attraction in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. Inside the artificial biodomes are plants that are collected from all around the world. The project is located in a reclaimed Kaolinite pit, located 2 km (1.2 mi) from the town of St Blazey and 5 kilometres (3 mi) from the larger town of St Austell, Cornwall.
The complex is dominated by two huge enclosures consisting of adjoining domes that house thousands of plant species, and each enclosure emulates a natural biome. The domes consist of hundreds of hexagonal and pentagonal, inflated, plastic cells supported by steel frames. The first dome emulates a tropical environment, and the second a Mediterranean environment.
8. Montreal Biosphere (Canada)
The Montreal Biosphere is Canada’s first water museum dedicated to the the Great Lakes – St. Laurence ecosystem. The Biosphere was designed and created by visionary architect Richard Buckminster Fuller. The Biosphere was the synthesis of Buckminster’s philosophy and art: through the geodesic design, built from triangles. The Biosphere is now one of the attractions of people.
9. Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge, TN, USA)
Wonderworks is a local attraction in Pigeon Ford, Tennessee. It’s primarily an entertainment center focused on science exhibits. It was designed to look as if the building was picked up by severe weather and dropped upside down on an existing building.
10. The Basket Building (Ohio, USA)
As the name suggests, it is a big basket-shape designed building in Ohio, USA. This building is actually the head office of the American manufacturer and distributor of handcrafted maple wood baskets and other home and lifestyle products named Longaberger Company. However, it is a seven-storied, 180,000-square-foot building. And it was designed by the Longaberger Company. The building opened in 1997. The basket handles weigh almost 150 tons and can be heated during cold weather to prevent ice damage. Originally, Dave Longaberger wanted all of the Longaberger buildings to be shaped like baskets, but only the headquarters was completed at the time of his death.