The most unusual buildings in the world
1. Basket House (USA, Newark)
The idea of an office building that looks like a giant shopping basket comes from Dave Longaberger, the founder of the basket and other home stuff production’s company. Construction was completed in December 1997. Since then, the building has housed the Longaberger headquarters. The height of the structure is about 24 m, the weight of each “handle” is 75 tons. Heating equipment is mounted in these “pens” so that ice does not accumulate on them and does not fall onto a 418 m² glass ceiling. The architects tried to make the windows as large as possible: each width is 4.87 m, height – 1.83 m. Inside of the building is decorated with blue and green tiles: these same colors are used to decorate Longaberger ceramic products
2. Dancing House (Czech Republic, Prague)
This office building is located in the center of Prague, near the InterContinental hotel. The design of the Dancing House was developed by Czech architect Vlado Milunich and Canadian Frank Gehry in 1992, and in 1996 the building was ready. The house differs sharply from neighboring buildings in neo-baroque, neo-gothic and art nouveau styles typical of Prague. However, Vaclav Havel, president of the Czech Republic by that time, supported the original idea. Initially, the house was planned to be called “Fred and Ginger” in honor of the American dance duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
3. Royal House (Huainan, China)
In recent years, more and more unusual architectural projects have appeared in China. The house in the shape of a piano and a violin leaning against it was built in 2007 and has since been considered like the main attraction of Huainan. Visitors can go upstairs inside the glass violin to reach the exhibition hall, which is situated in the “piano”.
4. Kansas Public Library (USA)
Not only home libraries, but also public ones can look beautiful and original. In the US state of Kansas, this building looks like a giant shelf full of books. Project managers conducted a survey among residents of the state and found out which works are the most popular. It was these books, or rather their huge copies, that adorned the facade of the library.
5. Robot Building (Bangkok, Thailand)
The building in the form of a robot is located in Bangkok, in the business district of Sathorn. Inside the “robot” is the headquarters of Bank of Asia – one of the units of United Overseas Bank. According to the leadership, the design of the building should symbolize the computerization of the banking system. With such a wish, the bank turned to the main architect of the project, Summet Jumsai, who put forward the idea of a robot. This thought arose in Jumsai thanks to the toy robot of his son.
6. Blue Building (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
This old house in the historic district of Delfshaven was for a long time neglected, ramshackle. The authorities wanted to get rid of the ruins. To highlight the blocks that need to be demolished, they were painted with blue paint. The original appearance of the building attracted the attention of tourists, and soon the blue house became one of the most photographed in Rotterdam. As a result, it was decided to leave the building in place for now.
7. Crooked house (Sopot, Poland)
The architect Dahlberg was inspired by the illustrations for children’s fairy tales created by Polish artist Jan Marcin Szanser to build a “twisted” building. However, the building does not perform a fabulous function at all – it is part of the Rezydent shopping center. The usable area of the most unusual of Poland’s commercial premises is 4,000 m².
8. Inverted house (Szymbark, Poland)
The inverted house was designed by Daniel Chapieschi. According to the architect, the building symbolizes the communist era, which put everything upside down. The project was planned to be completed in three weeks, but it actually took 114 days: it was difficult for the builders to work in such unusual conditions. People who come to see the curiosity also often complain of headaches and nausea. Many people have the feeling that they themselves are standing on their heads, and not a house, inside which everything is also upside down. Nobody wants to live there, however it attracts tourists.