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Unusual Architecture From Around the World

From incredibly cool to totally weird; a collection of unusual houses and buildings from around the World.

Forest Spiral – Hundertwasser Building

hundertwasser-buildingLocated in Darmstadt and built by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the famous Austrian architect and painter. The Hundertwasser house “Waldspirale” with 105 apartments, wraps around a landscaped courtyard with a running stream. More Details

The Basket Building

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Located in Newark, Ohio the Basket Building is the home office of The Longaberger Basket Company. Founder Dave Longaberger decided he wanted the corporate home office in a giant basket.  History of the Basket Building

The Football House

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Located in Blantyre, Malawi the Football House was built by Dutch Architect Jan Sonkie as his residence.  Full story and photo

The Bubble House

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Located in Tourettes-sur-Loup, France, and was designed by the Hungarian architect Antti Lovag. At 35 years old, it has already been listed by the French ministry of culture as an historic monument.  More Details

The Crooked House – Poland

 

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Located in Sopot, Poland at Bohaterów Monte Cassino Street the Crooked House was constructed in 2003 based off of drawings from  Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg.  Additional Photos and construction details from maps.pomocnik.com

Crazy House

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Located in Dalat, Vietnam the Crazy House, formerly known as Hang Nga Villa, was designed by architect Dr. Dang Viet Nga.  Photo by Alasidir. More Details

The Bird House

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The bird enthusiast’s dream home. Unknown location, house has over a dozen bird houses built into it’s frame. Found on berbia.com

Dancing House

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Office building located in Prague, Czech Republic and designed by architects Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry.  Because the building somewhat resembles a pair of dancers it was orginially named Fred and Ginger, after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  Later it was nicknamed the Dancing House. 

The Crooked House a.k.a. The Siden House a.k.a. The Glynne Arms

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A historical landmark located at Himley in the West Midlands of the UK.  The subsidence was caused by the mining of coal underneath and around the foundation.  You can see the historical photos of the building, and featured photo curteosy of Sharpo’s World.

Thin House – London

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Though there are quite a few thin houses exist around the globe, this particular Thin House is located in London, UK.

The Cookie Jar House

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Located in Glendora, New Jersey designed as a cookie jar.  The orginal intention was to have a community of these homes however this is the only cookie jar home built.  Photo from eCache and more information at Weird NJ

Bart Prince House

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Located in Albuquerque, New Mexico this was created by architect Bart Prince.  Photo from Flicker

The Cave

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Located in Armington, Illinois the home was one of the first underground homes in country. Photo from HGTV click for more photos and details.

McBride’s Dome House – Hawthorn

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Located in Hawthorn, Australia by architects McBride Charles Ryan based off of Roy Grounds 1959 Spaceship Design. Full Story

Robot Ranch Dome House

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Located in Ferris, Texas and designed by Al Schwarz the Robot Ranch contains 7 interconnected monolithic domes providing 4,144 sq ft of living space.  Visit Robot Ranch for photos and information

The Vertical House

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Located in Venice Beach, this is the creation of architect Lorcan O’Herlihy. The home sitting on a lot that is 25 ft. wide, has a total of 112 windows.  Photos and details from openformarchitecture.com

The Kettle House

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Located in Galveston, Texas made of steel in the 1950′s.

 The Spaceship House

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Located in Urbandale, Iowa, this property belongs to fitness club owner, LaMar.

 

The Log Mahal

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Located in Payson, Arizona, the Log Mahal was the creation of Fred Wagenhals. The log home is over 16,000 sq. ft. and possibly the largest log cabin ever made.  Watch Video

Dar Al Hajar

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Located in Yemen, the Dar Al Hajar and built by Imam Yahya as a summer residence in the 1930s. More Photos

Cubic Houses of Rotterdam

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Located in Rotterdam in The Netherlands, and developed by Piet Blom. 

The Pod House

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Located in Rochester, New York the Pod House (also know as the Mushroom House) design was inspired by the plant Queen Anne’s Lace.  More info

The Mushroom House a.k.a. Tree House

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Located in the Hyde Park section of Cincinatti, Ohio, the Mushroom House was designed by architect Terry Brown, a professor at the University of Cincinnatti.  More Photos

The Story Book House

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Located in Olalla, Washington, the Story Book House was created as a homage to Hansel & Gretel.  Photo and more details from unusuallife.com

The Pyramid House – Ohio

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Located in Hamilton, Ohio, the Pyramid House is actually a subterranian home, and the pyramid section is a large skylight. More details and additional photos

Gangster’s Wood House

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Located in Arkhangelsk, Russia, it is believed to be the world’s tallest wooden house, soaring 13 floors to reach 144ft – about half the size of the tower of Big Ben…. and built by a ganster.  Full Story

Palacio de las Artes – Palace of the Arts

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Located in Valencia, Spain, the building is the opera house and is one of the buildings within the City of Arts and Sciences.

 

Airplane House

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Located in Abuja, Nijeria this home belongs to Said and Liza Jammal.  Liza requested in the early years of their marriage to have a home constructed in the shape of airplane. Almost 20 years later, the construction of the home began.  Full Story

 

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