The 100 most unusual and interesting houses in the world

Unusual houses of the world

The world’s most unusual houses and buildings are featured in this stunning selection. Dancing houses, world famous theater buildings and houses with interesting history and creepy events. We are constantly replenishing this collection of unusual houses and buildings with new exhibits, trying to tell and show as much as possible in pictures.

Grasse is the perfume capital of the world, the scents of the meadows and fields surrounding the city compete with the handmade fragrances of French perfumers.

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The Tabriz bazaar has been in operation for a thousand and a half years. Being on the route of the Great Silk Road, the Tabriz bazaar earned worldwide popularity and recognition in the 16th century.

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The Shard, a skyscraper near London Bridge Station in Southwark, has 87 stories and reaches 310 m (1,016 ft) in height.

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  • United Kingdom

London Underground exists since XIX century and during this time 11 lines and 270 stations have been built both underground and on the surface and it is the fourth longest in the world.

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Magdalene College in Oxford is the oldest school that provides quality education to its students.

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The Tower of Pisa in Pisa is the most famous among the falling towers. The history of the architectural landmark, why it fell, and when it will fall.

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Today, the Mariinsky Theater’s playbill, as it was more than two hundred years ago, impresses with its variety of repertoire.

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  • Russia

A landmark in London is the building of Scotland Yard and the Black Museum, with evidence of the most notorious crimes.

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Interesting and useful facts about the Olympic Tower in Munich. History of the construction, ticket prices, located inside the institution.

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Czech Republic is famous for its breweries, among which is Krusovice brewery. Beer connoisseurs enjoy visiting it to see with their own eyes the process of making the beverage.

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Not to admire the beauty and original execution of architecture of Koppede quarter would be a mistake of a tourist visiting Rome.

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  • Italy

The material tells about the history of the Parliament building in London and provides all the information you need to visit it.

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  • United Kingdom

Going to Paris, the Grand Opera is on your must-see list! History of the theater, its current repertoire, interesting facts and useful practical information.

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  • France

The Montparnasse Tower in Paris was the tallest building in Europe when it was completed in 1972 and is now the only skyscraper in the city.

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Christ Church College of Great Britain, which boasts so many distinguished alumni. Among them are politicians, heads of government, and distinguished writers.

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Carfax Tower is the only reminder of St. Martin’s. A unique clock works on its top, and the figures below move around – the Boys of the Quarter.

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India is a truly unique country, only here, among the most famous sights you can see a real bird hospital.

100 of the world’s most unusual houses.

The world is beautiful and wonderful. It would seem that what can be invented from the standard set of “walls, floor and roof”. Much more than even the most original imagination can imagine. Here are the most, well, very strange buildings and those that even the hand does not rise to categorize as a building.

Image The igloo where we stayed.Faroe Islands by norvegia2005sara.

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1. First place, not by strangeness, but simply in order, is taken by “The Crooked House”, built in Sopot, Poland. But in January 2003, the construction of the “Crooked House” began on the site of that very cafe, and by the end of the year the new building was already finished. http://olya-kanateya.livejournal.com/4244.html

The Crooked House is not a free-standing building, but a wing of a formerly completed shopping center, so you can get inside this marvelous house either through your own “crooked” entrance or through the shopping center from Haffnera street. It’s not as impressive inside as it is outside, though. The façade of the building has none of the right lines, and inside there is a mall, stores, and cafes.

ttp://ktwins.ru/chudodomiki/kak-biznes-p orodil-iskusstvo.html Bochaterów Monte Cassino (Heroes of Monte Cassino) or otherwise “Montiak” is the most famous pedestrian street in all of Poland with numerous bars and cafes, the iconic galleries of Blenkytna Pudel and Spatif. It is especially picturesque in summer, when artists of street theaters and musicians perform near the restaurants, when artists lay out their easels… As fate would have it, Szotynscy & Zaleski were chosen to build a shopping mall on a tourist street. How creatively these people could make a rather trivial idea come true is shown by the company’s website itself. And it doesn’t matter that it’s in Polish: http://www.szotynscy.pl/ You could have built a standard building out of glass and concrete. But they could have… Per Dahlberg, Swedish artist and photographer, who was invited to prepare the draft of the project, has long lived in Sopot and Paris. His website: http://www.pogdahlberg.com/ Of course, Dahlberg also remembered the tale of the dwarfs, and other Polish folk tales, because he thought that tourists would be interested to see something authentic, national. He was inspired by the work of the most famous Polish illustrator of children’s fairy tales – Jan Marcin Szancer. http://www.szancer.pl From the amazing fusion of Polish folk culture, the creativity of two artists and architects from Szotynscy & Zaleski this house was born…

12. dancing Buildings (Tančící dům , Dancing Building). Prague, Czech Republic.

Dancing house is probably the most unusual building in Prague. It is easy to imagine in Stockholm or Berlin, but in the city famous for its architectural masterpieces in Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau styles the Dancing House looks unexpected at least.

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Located on the right bank of the Vltava River just a few blocks from the medieval city center, this extravagant structure embodies a pair of legendary dancers, Ginger Roberts and Fred Astaire, frozen in glass and concrete.

The idea to erect an unusual office building consisting of two cylindrical dancer figures came from the former president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel. The fact is that the house on the site of this deconstructivist masterpiece was destroyed during a bombing of Prague in 1945. Havel himself, having received the building next to the ruins, which had belonged to his grandfather before it was nationalized, decided to ennoble the neighborhood. http://tip2trip.ru/tips/46-tantsuyuschiy-dom-tancici-dum-praga After all the discussions, public protests, misunderstandings and scandals, the “personal architect” of the Czech President, the Croatian Vlado Milunic and the famous American of Canadian origin, Frank Gehry, were confirmed as the project leaders. Other works of art by this master are the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Museum of Music in Seattle and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Building. The construction lasted two years and ended in 1996, and the Dancing House was the first building built in the Czech Republic by an internationally renowned architect after the Velvet Revolution. Today, it is hard to imagine Prague without this eccentric, but still beautiful building, which is one of the 100 most unusual houses in the world. Fifteen years ago, however, Prague residents were horrified, calling the building a “glass”, an “explosion in a macaroni factory” and even a “drunken house”. The building is an office center that houses several international companies. On the roof is a French restaurant, with an amazing view of Prague.

Anyway, to see the Dancing House at least once in your life is definitely worth it. Firstly, in order to determine your personal attitude to the modern architectural art. And secondly, after climbing up on one of the roofs of the building, you can get to the obscenely expensive for democratic Prague French restaurant La Perle de Prague, which offers an enchanting view of classical Prague.

Address: Czech Republic, Prague, Rašínovo nábřeží, 80.

51. Office Center “1000” or “Banknote”. Kaunas, Lithuania. Some people’s dream is to bathe in money, like Uncle Scrooge from the famous children’s cartoon series. And in Lithuanian Kaunas, people are lucky enough to work in money. In a banknote, the face value of one thousand, to be exact. A building with a facade like a banknote, Office Center 1000, opened its doors in 2008 in Kaunas, Lithuania. The building is a Class A business center and was built as a symbol of Lithuania’s accession to the EU. “Easy Office” is not just a money-making office building, as it may seem. It is a fully equipped and well-equipped center, consisting of both executive class offices and more modest facilities. Easy Office is intended for those who have ventured out to start their own business and need support which, together with other entrepreneurial services, is provided by the specialists of the “center-coupon”. The design, idea and implementation of the idea is entirely the work of architects RA Studija, who wanted the building to be a certain symbol of money power. By the way, thanks to the fact that the design was applied to the glass tiles of the facade with a special enamel paint, the building of the office center for many years will keep its original image and attract attention of many thousands of tourists coming to Kaunas. They came up with the idea of constructing a ten-storey building in the form of a banknote and decorated the façade with 4,500 glass slabs of different shapes and sizes. As soon as they put this glass puzzle together in the right order, they got a picture the size of a house – in our case, a paper money. The picture is a 1000 liter bill from 1926.

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The building, which was under construction from 2005 to 2008, was designed by architects Rimas Adomaitis, Raimundas Babrauskas, Darius Siaurodinas and Virgilijus Jocys.

The author addressed directly to the feelings of people. The exterior and interior not only conjured up associations with rockets, helicopters, and airships, but also with alien ships.

Against the backdrop of numerous reports of UFO sightings, there was no doubt at the time that contact with extraterrestrial civilizations was imminent.

Suuronen did not seek to explain his fantasies with logic. The convenience and rationality of such a house, compared to the traditional dwelling, are debatable. Take, for example, the furniture. You can’t put an oak chest of drawers in a round house.

By the way, at first the architect did not impose his concept as a new form of housing – he assumed that the construction will be used as a ski hut or something like that.

Then his plans changed, and the non-flying saucers were described as the ideal country house where a small family could spend a vacation or weekend.

The project became more and more detailed and was appropriately named Futuro.

The Finnish visionary didn’t think much about the choice of material – not long before he built an eight-meter-diameter plastic dome of the Seinajoki granary.

He chose the same polyester and fiberglass material now, all the more so because it was inexpensive. Matty believed that his creation would be available to everyone on the planet, and therefore would change the world.

In addition, if you could ask any architect of the time, “Will plastic replace concrete?” you would probably hear a positive answer.

By the way, in those same years, automobile designers assured everyone that all cars were about to be made of plastic.

So the “saucer” accommodated 8 people and had a diameter of 8 meters, like the aforementioned dome. The height of the house exceeded 4 meters. The house was manufactured at the factory and, due to its extraordinary lightness, it could be delivered to the place of installation by helicopter.

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The Finnish inventor even considered the practice of “mobile living” – a week there, a week there. In his opinion, the streamlined house on legs and pillars would fit perfectly into the virgin landscape.

It seems that all was built 20 such houses, but if a good dig in the web, you can find that around the world and now there are more than two dozen “Futuro. And each attributed to the famous Finnish architect. Whether this is a desire to attract tourists, or the proof that the feelings that people had 35 years ago, have not disappeared.

At least in Finland, the U.S. and the Netherlands, there are several examples of unusual Finnish houses preserved.

Its other counterpart was less fortunate. In the spring of 2003, rumors swirled throughout the state of New Jersey about the allegedly found UFO wreckage. Later there were explanations – apparently, it was some forgotten scenery for a sci-fi movie.

Luckily for creation of Finnish architect there was found a new owner for nice house – Scott Gifford, who decided to turn it into a gift store. The story of this piece, however, is more of an exception, a reminder of the unenviable fate of Suuronen’s plot.

But before the romantic fantasy of the 1960s gave way to the cold rationality of the 1970s, the UFO-homes had time to spread far beyond Suomi’s borders.

Roundhouses served as cafes, motel rooms and exhibits.

Such was the comfort of the space age (photo arcspace.com)

“Futuro” successfully conveyed the airy atmosphere of its time and therefore has not been forgotten. In 1998 Mika Taanila made a documentary about “Futuro”, which was successfully screened at international film festivals. In addition, an exhibition of photographs of extraordinary houses traveled around the world.

So it turns out that Suuronen did not guess the shape of the house of the future? Maybe. But do we have confidence that the future, as it was seen from the 1960s, has already come?

63. Subterranean House. Location unknown. Ewok House. It’s possible the house is located in Angleur (part of Liege) in Belgium. Jan Kempenaers may have taken the photo but possibly not in Yugoslavia.

68. Turning Torso. Malmö, Sweden. At the end of 2005 the Turning Torso skyscraper was built in the little-known Swedish city of Malmö. He immediately called “the most unusual skyscraper in Europe. After some time, delighted tourists awarded the skyscraper the title of “the most unsuccessful skyscraper in Europe. The architect of the building is Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The skyscraper was 190 meters high and has 54 floors. To make the plane of the upper prism was rotated relative to the lower 90 degrees, it was necessary to make the prisms pentagonal, not tetrahedral. http://lifeglobe.net/blogs/details?id=840

The central supporting structure is made of reinforced concrete. Inside it, there are elevators, stairs, and communications. For greater stability, the building has a frame, but it is located not inside, but outside the skyscraper. The central supporting trunk of the skyscraper has a variable thickness, gently decreasing towards the top. Each Turning Torso floor consists of an irregular pentagonal shape rotating around a vertical shaft, which is supported by an external steel structure. The bottom two segments are for offices. Segments three through nine contain 147 luxury apartments. http://www.archfacade.ru/2009/02/turning-torso.html

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The design of the tower is based on a Calatrava sculpture called the Twisting Torso. It consists of nine segments, five-story pentagons that “twist” as they rise; the topmost segment is “twisted” 90 degrees clockwise in relation to the first floor.

Santiago Calatrava’s sculpture Twisting Torso in white marble depicts a man turned sideways. The organizers of the 2001 European Housing Exhibition in Malmö contacted Calatrava to design a temporary pavilion for the exhibition. At the same time, he was asked to build an unusual skyscraper for the exhibition, and discussions about the design of the new building began. Since Turning Torso is a private residential building, the general public has no access to it.

71. Great Mosque of Djenné. Djenné, Mali. The Great Mosque of Djenné is the largest clay-walled building in the world and, as most architects believe, the greatest achievement of the Sudanese-Sahelian architectural style, although with some Islamic influences. The mosque is located in Djenne, Mali on the floodplain of the Bani River. The first mosque was built in the 13th century, but this mosque has been under construction since 1907. It is one of the most famous landmarks in Africa. Along with the “Old Towns of Djenne”. The mosque is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1988. Bars of palm tree sticking out of the building help to reduce the negative climatic effects, including sudden changes in day and night temperatures, tropical downpours and high humidity. Every year the Niger River overflows in this area of Mali, causing the mosque, built on high ground, to become a clay fortress during floods. Only Muslims are allowed to enter the mosque. Inside the building there is a special courtyard where Muslims can pray in the open air.

78. Igloo. Kvivik, Faroe Islands. inside.

The Faroe Islands are located in the Atlantic Ocean midway between Scotland and Iceland. Despite its northern location and openness to all winds, temperatures on the archipelago, even in January, rarely drop below 0°C, and all because of the Gulf Stream. The main branch of the warm current runs right along the coast of the southern Faroese island of Suðuroy. In summer it is about +12, but periodically it may be +5. http://caas.ru/fareri.html#strem http://img.tbg-brand.ru/node/83994 By the way, roof grass is revered there.

Bringsnagøta by Jan Egil Kristiansen. Saksun by T.K.V.Traditional Faroese house by Solinde. Old Town, Tórshavn, Faroe Islands by _Zinni_. Saksun,Faroe islands by norvegia2005sara.

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99. Federation Square. Melbourne, Australia. Federation Square is Melbourne’s main square, opened in 2002 to become the center of the city.

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On the square you can find modern buildings, the architecture of which causes a heated debate fans and opponents. You can love and hate Federation Square.

There are always concerts, festivals and exhibitions taking place in the Federation Square.

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