M O S T B I Z A R R E B U I L D I N G S I N T H E W O R L D
HANG NGA VILLA ( DALAT , VIETNAM )
Looking like something out of a child’s fairytale gone wrong, the bizarre - looking structure in Dalat, Vietnam was built by the daughter of Ho Chi Minh’s right-hand man. Madame Hang Nga created the Hang Nga Villa – now known simply as ‘Crazy House’ – to reflect her interest in art and architecture.
Made of concrete, the house now serves as a restaurant and reception area for an adjacent French colonial-style hotel in a jolting contrast in architectural styles.
TOILET HOUSE ( SUWEON , SOUTH KOREA )
The world’s one and only toilet - shaped house was built to mark the launch of the World Toilet Association, a campaign for more sanitary restrooms worldwide.
ELIPHANTE & HIPPODOME ( CORNVILLE , ARIZONA )
Called the ‘Eliphante house’ for the look of its entrance, this sculptural home was created by artist Michael Kahn and his wife Leda Livant with found materials over a period of 28 years.
Eliphante and several outbuildings occupy 3 acres of land and incorporate rocks and scraps from construction sites.
SHOE HOUSE ( SOUTH AFRICA )
The ‘shoe house’ of South Africa is the work of artist and hotelier Ron Van Zyl, who built it for his wife Yvonne in 1990. The shoe houses a little museum of sorts, showcasing Van Zyl’s wood carvings.
The shoe is part of a complex that includes an eight-chalet guest house, camp site, restaurant, pool and bar.
MUSHROOM HOUSE ( CINCINNATI , OHIO )
Brown’s architectural style developed when he began experimenting with materials like wood, colored glass, shell, ceramics and various metals to create irregular shapes that mimic those found in nature.
CROOKED HOUSE ( SOPOT , POLAND )
From Poland comes another interesting building, the ‘Crooked House’. The design was inspired by the drawings of Polish artists Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg, which have a whimsical and Dali-esque feel.
It’s not actually a house – it’s part of a shopping complex. But, it’s very cool all the same, with its surreal angles and blue-green glass.
THE NAUTILUS HOUSE ( MEXICO )
This amazing house was build in 2006 by Arquitectura Orgánica. A young couple with two children from Mexico City who after living in a conventional home wanted to change to one integrated to nature.
THE STEEL HOUSE ( TEXAS , USA )
The steel house in Lubbock (Texas, USA). Architect and sculptor Robert Bruno spent 23 years building this strange home that looks like a giant pig out of 110 tons of steel.
BARCODE BUILDING ( RUSSIA )
This unusual office building is located in St. Petersburg, Russia
SANRIO STRAWBERRY HOUSE ( JAPAN )
Creative strawberry house is located in Denenchofu, Tokyo , Japan
SOLAR ARK BUILDING ( JAPAN )
Located in Japan, the Solar Ark building is a solar power generation facility that offers activities to cultivate a better appreciation of solar power
PIANO BUILDING ( CHINA )
Located in Anhui province of China, inside the transparent violin is the staircase to the building upstairs
LONGABERGER BASKET BUILDING ( OHIO )
Unique office building that looks like a giant basket, located in Newark, Ohio.