Top 10 Weird Architectural Attractions of the World

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The world is full of weird and strange things. Sometimes, it’s these strange things that break free from the mundane monotony and come up with something very creative. So when the world is full of strange things and people, architects thought that they should not leave any stone untouched to put a little bit of quirk and craziness in their designs. And thus came up some of the most wonderfully strange architectural buildings of all times. These buildings break free of all stereotypes and are something new and different. The buildings may of a strange shape, have a weird design or it simply is a rare architectural structure whose true design intentions are known only to the designers and architectures. But we must embrace these different structures as they tell us to do something different. And although some of them look utterly out of place, they’re beautiful in their own way. Here is a list of the 10 weird architectural attractions of the world-

10. Stone House, Portugal

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Tucked in the Fafe Mountains in Portugal is this strange structure that looks like something left over from the Stone Age. But in reality, it is a fully equipped house! Stone House or Casa do Penedo was built in 1974. It is basically a structure which is built using two gigantic boulders which are cemented together. The house also has a shingled roof along with windows and a door. This house has no electricity so one has to use candle-light in the dark to get a proper vintage feel. But apart from that, the house is equipped with everything- including a fireplace. It is said that the inspiration for the Stone House was the stone house in the famous cartoon ‘The Flintstones’. It’s no surprise that millions of tourists visit this site every year.

9. Dancing Building, Czech Republic

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Crazy ideas are always met with some opposition and the dancing Building was no exception. Situated in Prague, Czech Republic is The Dancing Building, which is the office building for Nationale Nederlanden. The building is also famously nicknamed as Fred and Ginger. The building was designed in 1992 and was completed in 1996 and it has since been a center for cultural activities and a major tourist attraction in Prague. Prague is known for its gothic architectural styled buildings and so this kitschy building was first met with some anger and protests but the opposition soon faded and now this building stands as one of the most famous structures in the world.

8. The Forest Spiral, Germany

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The Germans are known for their super modern architecture and innovative structures. The Forest Spiral is no exception. The Forest Spiral or Waldspirale is a residential building complex in Darmstadt, Germany. It was built in the 1900s and it is now famous due to its innovative architectural style. The building has a green roof and it is very colorful. The design of the building is such that it looks as though it is playfully moving. It’s Russian onion-style dome gives it a very different look altogether.

7. National Center for Performing Arts, China

National Center for Performing Arts

Everyone knows how technologically ahead China has gone in the recent few years. The country is doing everything right when it comes to putting itself on the global map. And it has done so in the field of architecture as well. The National Center for Performing Arts, better known as the NCPA is a dome shaped building in Beijing. The structure is built next to an artificial lake and so, when looked at from a far, the structure looks like an oval egg thanks to the reflection in the water of the lake. It was inaugurated in 2007 and has a seating capacity of 5452. This building is truly an architectural masterpiece.

6. Cathedral of Brasilia, Brazil

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When we think about churches and cathedrals, we usually think about tall gothic structures; but not anymore. The Cathedral of Brasilia is a cathedral with a difference. Designed using modern architectural style and techniques, it stands out amongst all the cathedrals in the world. It was completed on May 31st 1970. The structure is built using 16 concrete columns. Most of the cathedral is below the ground and only the roof of the cathedral is above the ground and the columns open up into the sky and many people have interpreted this as hard opening towards the sky to seek blessings.

5.  Habitat 67, Canada

Habitat-67

We have all played with cubes as young children and one architect took the idea from cube and designed a stunning building. Habitat 67 is located in Montreal, Canada and it is a model community housing complex. Designed as cubes, every house looks as though it is placed on the edge of another house. Habitat 67 comprises of 354 concrete forms which form about 146 residences in around 12 storeys. The architect Moshe Safdie had built this building as a pavilion for Expo 67. It is now a famous landmark in not only Montreal but also Canada and it attracts tourists and art lovers from all over the world.

4. The Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum, Brazil

niteroi contemporary art museum

When one says contemporary art, one can expect something unusual. And the Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum gives us just that. Located in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is this art museum. It is one of the most famous landmarks in the city. It was completed in1996. It is widely believed that the idea behind the design of this museum was taken from a UFO. Designed by the world famous Brazilian Architect Oscar Niemeyer with the help of Bruno Contarini, it has become one of the main attractions in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

3.  La Pedrera, Spain

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Antonio Gaudi’s Barcelona is a phenomenon known to all, but in all of his works, some architectural structures just stand apart: One of them being La Pedrera. Situated in Barcelona, Spain, La Pedrera was built in between 1912 and 1916 and it is also known locally as Casa Mila. It was very controversial at the time but today it stands as one of the foremost works of Gaudi in Barcelona. The biggest uniqueness of this building is that there is not one straight line in this building! The façade of the building is self supporting and the windows and balconies are decorated with wrought iron. One truly has to visit this place to know it’s actual beauty.

2. Cubic Houses, Netherlands

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Architects are definitely inspired by cubes as so many of them have taken ideas from it. One of them being Piet Blom who designed the Cube Houses in Rotterdam, Netherlands. They are also called Kubuswoningen. The houses are built in the shape of cubes and are placed at different angles, making it look like a series of topsy-turvy cube houses. Every cube house represents and looks like a tree and all of them together look like a forest. The houses are spacious and the design is made using the concept of “living as an urban roof”.

1. The Crooked House, Poland

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Situated in Sopot, Poland is this extraordinary piece of architectural structure called the crooked house. It was designed by architects Szotyńscy & Zaleski who were apparently inspired by fairytales and cartoons to build a house which looked as though it was moving. The Crooked House is called Krzywy Domek in Poland. It was built in 2004. Today, the Crooked House stands as one of the most strange yet beautiful pieces of architecture and it has bought a lot of tourist attraction to the city of Sopot.

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