21 Of The Strangest And Most Unique Buildings From Around The World How do these places even exist?
Capital Gate — Abu Dhabi, UAE
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One of the tallest buildings in the city, the
Capital Gate has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "world's furthest leaning man-made tower." The building leans 18 degrees, four times more than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Svalbard Global Seed Vault — Longyearbyen, Norway
The Crooked House — Staffordshire, United Kingdom
With one end of the bar four feet lower than the other end, the
Crooked House pub has certainly earned its moniker. The difference in height is due to ground movements caused by mining in the region.
The Piano House — Anhui, China
The name is self-explanatory - the building is shaped like a
giant piano with a grand glass violin for an entrance. The open top of the piano serves as a canopy for the home's roof terrace.
Palace of the Parliament — Bucharest, Romania
Turning Torso — Malmö, Sweden
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Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the
Turning Torso is the tallest residential building in all of Sweden. From the bottom to the top, the building twists a full 90 degrees.
Antilla — Mumbai, India
The world's first billion-dollar home,
Antilla is owned by Indian businessman Mukesh Ambani - although he and his family have never actually moved in full-time, even though construction was completed in 2010.
Kunsthaus — Graz, Austria
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Kunsthaus is a contemporary art museum with a "biomorphic" shape that stands out against the traditional architecture of the surrounding buildings.
Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center — Baku, Azerbaijan
Crazy House — Dalat, Vietnam
guesthouse has been compared to the works of both Dalí and Gaudí, with the main building being inspired by natural structures and the surrounding environment.
Monte Rosa Hut — Zermatt, Switzerland
Lotus Temple — Delhi, India
Ontario College of Art and Design — Toronto, Canada
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This "table-top" addition to the
Ontario College of Art and Design sits over 25 meters above the ground. It received the "Award of Excellence" from the Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards, the highest architectural honor bestowed by the city of Toronto.
Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval — Hauterives, France
building, located in southeastern France, was created by Ferdinard Cheval, the town's postman. Though Cheval was poor, his work has been recognized by major figures in art and literature, from Pablo Picasso to Anaïs Nin.
Krzywy Domek — Sopot, Poland
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Krzywy Domek, which despite its appearance is a largely typical office building, is considered one of the seven wonders of tri-city region encompassing Sopot, Gdańsk, and Gdynia.
Ryugyong Hotel — Pyongyang, North Korea
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North Korea's attempt to build an imposing hotel as a symbol of their power has gone awry, with the
Ryugyong Hotel still empty and incomplete after over 25 years of construction.
Kansas City Library — Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Longaberger Headquarters — Newark, Ohio, USA
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Because of its work selling baskets and other accessories, the Longaberger company
headquarters is designed in the shape of a giant wooden basket. The handles are even heated to prevent ice forming and causing destruction or injury to the rest of the building and the employees.
Winchester Mystery House — San Jose, California, USA
This home's owner, Sarah Winchester, allegedly believed that
the building was haunted and so designed the home in a labyrinth-like fashion to confuse any spirits who might try to haunt her. Because of that, she insisted that the home be constantly under construction, incorporating architectural oddities such as a cabinet that extends through 30 rooms of the house and doors that lead nowhere.
Kugelmugel — Vienna, Austria
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Designed by Austrian artist Edwin Lipburger, this spherical building has actually claimed to be an independent
micro-nation. Lipburger allegedly argued that the building's spherical shape gave it a unique center point that freed it from Austrian law.
Coming soon: Tower Infinity — Incheon, South Korea
This South Korean skyscraper has been designed with special LED screens and high-definition cameras that are able to make the building literally disappear into the skyline. The "
invisible tower" is set to begin construction next year. Sign Up For The Bring Me! Newsletter!
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