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21 Of The Strangest And Most Unique Buildings From Around The World

How do these places even exist?

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1. 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.

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2. Svalbard Global Seed Vault — Longyearbyen, Norway

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With blast-proof doors, airlocks, and motion sensors, the Global Seed Vault has been designed to contain millions of varieties of seeds to allow for the replanting and growth of various crops in the case of any major global disasters.

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3. 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.

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7. 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.

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13. 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.

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14. Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval — Hauterives, France

This 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.

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15. Krzywy Domek — Sopot, Poland

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Sopot's 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.

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16. 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.

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18. 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.

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19. 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.

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20. 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.

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21. 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.