The architecture scene from the ancient to the modern times has produced spectacular and extraordinary works. As construction design, techniques, and materials continue to evolve, architectural works of today continue to surprise and sometimes exceed people’s imagination. Here are some of the quirky, unusual, and unique buildings that unfailingly attract their share of attention.
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
Highlights: Capital Gate is touted to be the “Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi” and the “world’s furthest leaning man-made tower” as certified by the Guinness Book of World Records.
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Highlights: Created by architect Piet Blom, the Cubic Houses’ asymmetrical and unique design makes it an eye-catching piece of work.
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Highlights: The Nationale-Nederlanden building, or more commonly known as the Dancing House, features a modern design that stand out in the midst of the more historic buildings around it.
Location: Vienna, Austria
Highlights: The House Attack is an installation that hangs upside down on the façade of the Museum Moderner Kunst (MUMOK). It gives the impression of a home “attacking” and lodging itself on the building’s roof.
Hundertwasser Building: Waldspirale
Location: Darmstadt, Germany
Highlights: Created by Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the Waldspirale is an unusual residential building with its “wooded-spiral” and colorful design.
Location: Sopot, Poland
Highlights: The Krzywy Domek or Crooked House is a whimsical commercial complex that is home to popular restaurants and shops in the area.
Montaña Mágica Lodge
Location: Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve, Chile
Highlights: A hotel that resembles a volcano and sits in the midst of a scenic biological reserve.
Nakagin Capsule Tower
Location: Chūō, Japan
Highlights: Nakagin Capsule Tower is a residential and office building designed for “small-space living”.
Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval
Location: Hauterives, France
Highlights: Built by postman Ferdinard Cheval using rocks collected along his mail routes in a span of over 30 years.
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Highlights: The Robot Building serves as the United Overseas Bank’s headquarters in Bangkok. Its modern and fanciful design makes it an eye-catching addition to the city’s financial district.