30 of the World’s Strangest Buildings

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We love architecture, don’t we? Architecture is always changing and evolving which keeps us consistently interested. Here, we will see some strange buildings that are truly unique. Some people have put their life savings into these buildings and you can certainly tell. Take a look at this fascinating list, we know you’ll love it!

30. Stone House (Guimarães Portugal)

The Stone House is located in the fafe mountains of Northern Portugal. Also known as the Casa do Penedo, which in English means the House of Rock, this architectural piece was built between four large boulders. The house contains a fireplace and a swimming pool carved out of one of the boulders. Initially, the place was used as a vacatopm residence by its owners, but today it is a small museum that features relics and photographs.

92. Museum of Contemporary Art (Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, referred to as MAC, was designed by the famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.

28. Low Impact Woodland House (Wales, UK)

Situated in Wales, UK, the low impact woodland house was built by Simon Dale and his father-in-law. Armed with a chisel, chainsaw and a hammer as his main tools, Simon Dale managed to build his house with maximum regard to the environment.

27. National Theater (Beijing, China)

The National Grand Theater of China was designed by the French architect Paul Andreu and it is located in Beijing, China.

26. House Attack (Vienna, Austria)

House Attack was designed by the renowned Austrian architect, Erwin Wurm. The architect sheds light to the puzzling piece of architecture by explaining that the hanging house represents the multitude of families who are being plunged into everyday challenges and worries.

25. Kansas City Library (Missouri, USA)

The Kansas City Library, is a gripping piece of architecture, that resembles a bookshelf. The book spines measure 25 feet by 9 feet and showcases 22 titles.

24. Mind House (Barcelona, Spain)

Mind House is a masterpiece designed by Antonì Gaudi. Originally built with the idea of making it a garden city, today it is a park that is listed as one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

23. Lotus Temple (Delhi, India)

The Lotus Temple is a Bahá’í House of Worship which is located in New Delhi, India. It has won multiple architectural awards and has been featured in many magazines and newspapers.

22. Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)

Habitat 67 is a housing complex located in Montreal, Canada and was designed by Israeli/Canadian architect Moshe Safdie.

21. Nautilus House (Mexico City, Mexico)

Nautilus House, a unique shell shaped house, was designed by the Mexican architect Javier Senosiain. The house is located near Mexico City.

20. Atomium (Brussels, Belgium)

Atomium is a building which is located in Brussels, Belgium. The structure was designed by engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak.

19. Conch Shell House, Isla Mujeres, Mexico

The Conch Shell House is located in the beautiful island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The house was designed by architect Octavio Ocampo.

18. Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao, Spain)

Guggenheim Museum, a museum of modern and contemporary art, was designed by Frank Gehry, a Canadian-American architect. The museum is located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain.

17. Olympic Stadium (Montreal, Canada)

Olympic Stadium, located in Montreal, Canada, is a multi-purpose stadium which was designed by French architect Roger Taillibert. The stadium accommodates many events including sports events, exhibitions, salons, film shoots, shows, fairs and so on.

16. Casa da Musica (Porto, Portugal)

Casa da Musica, located in Porto, Portugal, is a major concert hall designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas.

15. The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)

Krzywy Domek, translated in English as the crooked little house, is a bizarre shaped building located in Sopot, Poland. It was designed by Szotyńscy & Zaleski and remains a popular attraction for tourists and photographers.

14. Cathedral of Brasilia (Brazil)

Cathedral of Brasilia, is a Roman Catholic cathedral designed by the renowned architect, Oscar Niemeyer. It is a hyperboloid structure created by 16 concrete columns that weigh 90 tons each.

13. The National Library (Minsk, Belarus)

The National Library of Belarus, which is a grand architectural structure, was designed by architects Mihail Vinogradov and Viktor Kramarenko.

12. Rotating Tower, Dubai, UAE


The Rotating Tower in Dubai, UAE, is a 80 floor moving skyscraper that was designed by the Italian-Israeli architect David Fisher.

11. La Pedrera (Barcelona, Spain)

Casa Milà, commonly known as La Pedrera, located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, which was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí.

10. The Museum of Play (Rochester, USA)

The Museum of Play, established in 1969, is located in Rochester, New York, USA. The museum was opened in 1982. Since then a large number of items have been displayed in this playful museum.

9. The Church of Hallgrimur, Reykjavik, Iceland

The Church of Hallgrimur is a Lutheran church located in Reykjavik, Iceland. The church has a height of 73 meters, making it the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland.

8. Wonderworks (Pigeon Forge, TN, USA)

Nope, its wasn’t struck by a natural disaster. This WonderWorks building is a unique piece of architecture designed by Bullock Smith & Partners which was completed in 2006. The WonderWorks company has branches in Orlando, Florida, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, Panama City Beach, Florida, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Syracuse, New York.

7. Cubic Houses (Kubuswoningen) (Rotterdam, Netherlands)

The Cubic House, or Kubuswoningen in Dutch, are a group of creative houses that were designed by architect Piet Blom. These unique houses are located in Rotterdam and Helmond in the Netherlands. This architectural piece is built on the concept of “living as an urban roof”.

6. Atlantis (UAE)

Atlantis is a hotel resort located in the apex of the Palm Jumeirah, UAE. The splendid 5 star hotel was created by the vision of Sol Kerzner, Chairman and CEO of Kerzner International with the a team of internationally renowned architects, designers and landscapers.

5. Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Egypt)

Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a cultural centre and major library, is located in Alexandria, Egypt. This spectacular building appears to have a disc shape with a diameter of one hundred and sixty meters. The disc looks like it is being tilted forward towards the water.

4. Montreal Biosphere (Canada)

Montreal Biosphere, located in Montreal, Canada, is a museum that is dedicated to the environment. The biosphere was built and designed by the famed architect Richard Buckminster Fuller.

3. Sutyagin House (Arkhangelsk, Russia)

The Sutyagin House was a wooden house in Arkhangelsk, Russia, built by Nikolai Sutyagin, a one time gangster. It took him fifteen years to build which later started deteriorating while he spent a number of years in prison. It is believed to be the tallest wooden house in the world, soaring one hundred and forty four feet high with thirteen floors.

2. The Basket Building (Ohio, USA)

The Basket Building, constructed in 1997, belongs to the Longaberger Company, which is an American manufacturer and distributor of maple wood baskets and other products. The building, a seven story structure, takes the shape of its biggest seller the “Medium Market Basket”.

1. Ideal Palace (France)

The Ideal Palace was built by a French postman named Ferdinand Cheval. It took 30 years for him to see it through to completion and it is entirely made of pebbles and stones.

These are some of the most bizarre structures in the entire world. We hope you enjoyed this list. If you have any you’d like to add, feel free to reach out to us!