The world is full of strange buildings, which appeared after architects’ efforts to express themselves through bricks and cement. Skyscrapers, touching clouds, and gigantic metal constructions are usual sights of almost all corners of the world. Take a look at our review of the strangest buildings in the world.
National Grand Theater (Beijing, China)
The National Center for the Performing Arts (National Grand Theater) is located in Beijing. Glass and titanium building is surrounded by an artificial lake. It was designed by the French architect Paul Andreu. Construction started in 2001 and continued for 6 years. The first performance was Russian historical opera “Prince Igor” (Knyaz’ Igor’) by Aleksandr Borodin. It was performed by the orchestra, chorus and soloists of the Mariinsky Theatre and conducted by Valery Gergiev. The architectural complex consists of the main building, underground and underwater hallways, underground parking lot, artificial lake and green space. 18000 titanium plates and more than 1200 glass plates were used for construction of the main dome. The building is 212m long, 144 wide and 46m high. The underground part of the building is app. 32,5m deep. The floor area of the whole complex is 118900m2. Three performance halls measure 12000m2 and admit 5452 people.
Cube houses (Rotterdam, The Netherlands)
You can find these unusual and strange cube houses in Rotterdam and Helmond. They were designed by Piet Blom; the concept is based on his wish to create a forest inside the city where houses would remind trees. In 1984 38 impressive houses appeared on Overblaak Street.
Each house contains 4 floors. Offices, hair studios, shops and many more are located on the first floors. The floor area of three-storeyed flats is app. 100m2, but the living area is much smaller, because the walls and floors are angled at 54.7 degrees. The plan of a flat is the following: kitchen and hall are located on the first floor, two bedrooms and bathroom are on the second floor, and guest rooms, studies and winter gardens are on the third floor.
Environment museum Biosphere (Montreal, Canada)
Biosphere is a museum dedicated to the problems of environmental protection. It is located at Parc Jean-Drapeau on the island Sainte-Helene in the middle of the Saint Lawrence River. It was the pavilion of the United States for the World Fair Expo 67. The construction, reminding the soap bubble, was very impressive and unique and it was decided to keep it. The exterior of the Biosphere is designed in the form of a dome, 62m high and 76m in diameter. The architect of the building, which made him popular worldwide, was Richard Buckminster Fuller.
The Forest spiral (Darmstadt, Germany)
The Forest spiral is a twelve-storeyed residential complex built in 1990. The author of this design was an Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, but it was implemented by an architect Heinz M. Springmann with Bauverein Darmstadt Company. The construction of this complex lasted from 1998 till 2000. The “Forest spiral” apartment complex with its colorful walls and spiral facade resembles a huge snail. 1048 windows of different sizes and forms create an image of a fairy house. Some of them are planted with trees and tenants are to take care of them according to their lease agreement. The house consists of 105 apartments; there is an inner courtyard with a playground for children, artificial lake, spiral paths and bridges, shops, car park and a drugstore.
Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)
Habitat 67 is a housing complex created by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. That was his master’s thesis. It is located not far from the Saint Lawrene River at avenue Pierre-Dupuy. This complex is considered as a landmark of both the city and the country.
The building can be compared with the children bricks, but nevertheless it is a reliable and comfortable construction for living. To construct 146 apartments, 354 cubes were joined together. Each apartment consists of several or up to five cubes. All the windows in the building overlook three cardinal points and tenants have a chance to admire Montreal port. Moreover the house has a lot of open terraces and glass walkways.
La Pedrera (Barcelona, Spain)
Also known as Casa Milla, it is located in Catalan capital Barcelona. It was built by a Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi for a married couple. The house is remarkable and famous for its lack of straight lines. That was a very controversial design at those times with its daring curved and stone facade and forged iron decoration of balconies and windows created mostly by Josep Maria Jujol, who also designed some of the plaster ceiling. The house was listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. The upper floor, attic and the roof are open to the public and visitors can look this masterpiece over.
The Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum (Niteroi, Brasil)
The Museum of Contemporary Art is located in Brazilian city of Niteroi and is one of the main local landmarks. The building looks like an UFO, which came from unknown worlds. It was built in 1996 and designed by Oscar Niemeyer and Bruno Contarini. It is 16m high, the dome is 50m in diameter and piers are 9m high. The floor area is 817m2.
The Dancing House (Prague, Czech Republic)
The Dancing House or “Fred and Ginger” is the name of a house in Prague designed by the Czech architect Vlado Milunic and Canadian architect Frank Gehry. This remarkable masterpiece represents a daning couple. Though the house is built in deconstructivist style, the authors described it as an example of new baroque style. That is an office building with a French restaurant on the last floor.
The Stone House (Fafe, Portugal)
The Stone House located in the north of Portugal in Fafe Mountains resembles the Flintstones’ house of an American cartoon. The basis of the house is two huge stones joined together with cement. It was built in 1974 as a two-storeyed house in prehistoric style with a fireplace, swimming pool, serving as an attraction for a lot of tourists.
The Little Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)
This shopping center in Sopot attracts not only buyers but also thousands of tourists. Thanks to it unusual shape without straight lines and angles. Little Crooked House or polish Krzywy Domek was built in 2004 by Szotynscy & Zaleski architect company who were inspired by fairy-tale drawings and illustrations of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. The floor area is 4000m2. It is a home for little shops, cafes and restaurants. The shopping center occupies the first floor and offices of two radio stationes are housed on the second floor.
Modern architects design unusual houses not only on the ground, but they began conquering water basin of all sizes, offering projects of floating houses.