Top 10 Weird and Wonderful Buildings From Around The World
2 February 2023
1.Kansas City Library – Missouri, USA:
This is The Community Bookshelf. A stunning building which is actually a parking garage! It runs along the south wall of the library’s car park in Kansas. The spines of each book are about 25ft by 9ft. The Kansas City readers chose of the book titles. These include: Catch 22 by Joseph Heller, The Lord of the Rings by J.P.R. Tolkien, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
2. ‘House Attack’ – Vienna, Austria:
The main idea behind this building is a family home hitting the façade of a museum ‘like a bomb’. Designed by Erwin Wurum, a man known for creating amazingly simple buildings and then adding deformities in an attempt to trick the human eye and mind. Your mind is blown by the cottage wedged in the roof of the museum. To inspire other architects and show how they don’t have to comply with ‘normal’ rules and limits. As much as the house looks similar to the house flying in the popular Disney film ‘Up’ . We wondered if Disney took any inspiration from the ‘House Attack’ building?
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3. Cubic Houses – Rotterdam, Netherlands:
Designed by architect Piet Blom, these homes are based on the ‘living as an urban roof’ concept. These houses are titled at a 45 degree angle and sat on a hexagon-shaped pylon. Each house has three floors and all of the walls and windows are angled at 54.7 degrees. Each one is 100 square metres in size, and underneath them, the Museum of Chess Pieces is located. Imagine living here, some may ask if people live in the Cubic houses…yes they do!
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4. The Eden Project – Cornwall, United Kingdom:
The Eden Project is enormously popular. Made up of biomes, the Eden Project is a collection of organic material collected from various different climates and environments around the world. The two main biomes each represent and mirror the rainforest climate, and a Mediterranean climate. Designed by architect, Nicholas Grimshaw. There is also an outside botanical garden which includes a number of native to Cornwall wildlife and plants. Following on the success of the Eden Project, the north is going to have its own project. Eden Project Morecombe.
5. The Basket Building – Ohio, USA:
With the idea coming from Dave Longaberger, Founder of the Longaberger Company, his wish became a reality when his offices became an architectural dream. In the December of 1997, the offices were converted to appear like a giant basket. Awards have been won for this masterpiece of a building, and it is a replica of Longaberger’s Medium Market Basket…but 160 times bigger. However, Longaberger ceased trading as a business in 2018. Subsequently leaving this legacy to the world.
6. Forest Spiral – Darmstadt, Germany:
Also known as The Waldspiral. This building is residential and was designed by an Austrian named Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 1998. It took two years to build. The most famous factor about this building is how it completely rejects the ‘regular’ shape of a building, by defying rectangular forms. Together with the stunning sweeping lines, provides an amazing architectural feat.
7. The Church of Hallgrimur – Reykjavík, Iceland:
Known as Hallgrimskirkja and is not only the tallest building in Reykjavik, but in Iceland, standing at 244ft high. Designed by architect Guijon Samuelsson. It took forty-one years to build. Another Key point is the fact that some Icelanders fond the building to be plain ugly.
8. Woodland House – Wales, United Kingdom:
This was a home built by a man in Wales with little experience in construction or carpentry. A man with determination to build a house in the woods surrounded by nature and with low impact. The Woodland House cost him only £3,000, he used minimal tools and it took just four months to put together. Can you see the Lord of the Rings influence? Consequently it has a nickname of ‘The Hobbit House’.
9. Bubble House, Cannes, France
The Bubble House sits on the cliffs of the Côte d’Azur. The bubble house was built in 1989. Designed by architect Antti Lovag and built by Pierre Bernard. The Bubble house is located in one of the most stunning areas of France. You can hire it out for parties or photo shoots. Fancy owning the Bubble house? It will cost you in the region of $335 million. To this end, we think this is slightly out of our reach.
10. The Upside Down House, Poland
This is a piece of art to represent the sense of uncertainty in the years following the end of the communist era. Created by businessman Daniel Czapiewski, visitors are able to enter the “home”. Many find it to be a dizzying experience!
Summing up, these are just a small fraction of the impressive architecture that the world has to offer. Some of it takes years, some of it has only taken a few months. We think you could be! Here at PAL Hire, we can get hold of any tools you may need. However you operate as a business we have the solution for you.
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