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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

bubble house

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

cookie jar house

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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80 Comments

  1. Dc Nick
    Posted March 26, 2009 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    Post moore houses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. woody
    Posted October 29, 2009 at 2:55 am | Permalink

    add the house from sleeper! it’s in gennessee, co, you pass it on the way to the ski resorts. pretty sweet place

  3. big kay
    Posted February 20, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    wwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww this places are awsome i wish i lived in all of them wait………………………. uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh okay ummmmmmmmmmm

  4. Posted March 4, 2010 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Very impressive and imaginative

  5. saara shah
    Posted March 10, 2010 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    ahh matee dis is SOO peng!! yee i wished i lived in daa Gangster’s Wood House aliee!!!
    ohh myy gwaaard soo fitt yeeyeee ;]
    also can i sayy me and myy baby ussy would livee dere eniii
    bless ;) xxxx

  6. Posted March 18, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Here is a strange log home for you, not your normal log home. The Smith Mansion is in Wapiti Valley, Wyoming. Possibly one of the most crazy, weird, and unique homes you will ever see.
    I am the daughter of the late Architect/Engineer Francis Lee Smith. New Website has generated over 200,000 hits since second week of Oct, 2009.
    Many news story’s, book Publications and newspaper articles written. High curiosity from the the public. Creator/Builder: Francis Lee Smith.
    Informational website launched. Also find us on facebook, Smith Mansion Preservation Project.

    Smith Mansion–Wapiti Valley Wyoming
    Year building started: 1973
    Pine Logs through-out, all off Rattlesnake Mountain in Cody WY.
    Creator Builder–Francis Lee Smith (deceased)
    Square footage unknown, guessing approx 6,000-8,000, with every floor accounted for.

  7. Posted August 19, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Also find us on facebook: Smith Mansion Preservation Project

  8. elde
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    All the houses i viewed are very nice… I wish i could see it personally…

  9. Annlavallee
    Posted October 21, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    do you have any pictures of the old Cup and Saucer near Little Ferry, New Jersey around 1950′s? thanks

  10. hhhhahhahahhahahahas
    Posted October 29, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Permalink

    These houses are cool!!!

  11. Posted November 16, 2010 at 8:09 am | Permalink

    This was a very interesting article. The unique houses definitely were a sight to see. I enjoyed viewing all the different homes. I believe my favorite is Palacio de las Artes – Palace of the Arts. Our firm has a deep compassion for Architecture.

    Feel free to take a peak at the Luxury Estates, Mansions and Castles we have designed on our website.

  12. Posted November 16, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    I needed this for some amusement. I am glad that God made this world full of all kinds of people.

    I am weird too.

    Jo Anne

  13. Posted December 3, 2010 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Some great designs there, love the log cabin one…and the storybook house! Probably give the airplane one a miss mind.

  14. thierry
    Posted December 6, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    add Xanadu of Sedona, AZ, the house inspired by Mandrake The Magician comic book ;) ) nice pics!!!

  15. Posted December 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    Having studied architecture all over the world, it is truly amazing the kind of diversity that can be found. Architectural works such as these never cease to amaze me. It would be nice to see some write ups on these individual homes and buildings.

  16. Philip Rich
    Posted February 2, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Every houses are fantastic, but my favourite is McBride’s Dome House – Hawthorn. I love it! This is an excellent site and I bet that whoever created it should be an excellent person.

  17. Philip Rich
    Posted February 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    OOOHHH! I want to have ever this houses for me! Do not you?

  18. meeeelz
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Permalink

    wow!!!!
    how much more amazing can these things get?! just browsing at them for an art project, and then i found these! these are absolutely amaazing!!!!!!!!!!

  19. Posted May 27, 2011 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    soooooo perty i love them all yeeeeeeeeeeeeeees

    :)

  20. SADIE DOT JOHNSON
    Posted October 14, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Permalink

    awesOme houusess!! I wish i had the crooked house !!

    But i’d much rather prfer ..pee wee hermans house that he had in his movie LOl :D

  21. Posted November 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    the story book house is my favourite one.

  22. Posted November 12, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Permalink

    Aaaaaa… super, super super :-)
    I want to live in one of it.

  23. Posted November 12, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

    Hm. Where is the Share button?

  24. kuftat
    Posted November 13, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    What about Ship House in Marafa, Kaduna. It’s a structure dat is being excluded in this list of archi world. Pls get it included.

  25. MJ
    Posted November 29, 2011 at 12:58 am | Permalink

    I don’t have any photos of this house, but it’s pretty cool from the satellite image! This house was built and owned by Jackie Gleason, yes, THE Jackie Gleason. I walked near it years ago, but the lack of images are probably accounted for by the fact that much of the area has private drives, where people are NOT welcome to hike or drive. It’s also set WAY back from the street:
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Rock+Hill+Drive,+Cortlandt+Manor,+NY.&sll=33.13935,-117.28304&sspn=0.011787,0.020041&ie=UTF8&ll=41.241462,-73.897991&spn=0.000662,0.001253&t=h&z=20&iwloc=addr

  26. grace
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    so amazing….it shows unconventional designs that caan be transformed beautifully

  27. Posted May 1, 2012 at 4:46 am | Permalink

    I love the Glynn Arms, I only live half hour away – can’t believe not heard of it or visited! Time for a pint…

  28. Posted October 8, 2012 at 1:39 am | Permalink

    Hi there just wanted to give you a brief heads up and let you know a few
    of the images aren’t loading correctly. I’m not sure why
    but I think its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different internet browsers and both show the same results.

  29. ch
    Posted February 1, 2013 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    cool

  30. hungry jacks
    Posted July 8, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    my house is better….. hash tag swag#

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