5 Bizarre Buildings From Europe to North America

(Image by Ken Ratcliff)

(Image by Ken Ratcliff)

Weird architecture extends far beyond Brutalism and the foreboding Cold War edifices of the Eastern Bloc.  Across the world, people have made their home and work spaces out of trains, planes, automobiles and other unexpected objects.  This article explores a selection of weird and wonderful buildings in Europe and North America…

The Crooked House, Poland

Image by abhijeet.rane)

Image by abhijeet.rane)

This utterly bizarre building can be found in Sopot, Poland. It almost looks like the image has been distorted somehow – as in a hall of mirrors at the fairground. Based on drawings by Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg, the unusual roof is covered by a layer of sheet metal beneath green enamel roof tiles, giving the illusion of dragon scales.

The Longaberger Building, Newark, Ohio

(Image by ellenm1)

(Image by ellenm1)

This truly impressive (whatever your taste!) example of mimetic architecture in Newark, Ohio can safely be called the world’s largest basket!  Those on the inside of the seven storey structure can enjoy the natural light through the massive skylight above.  But looking at this, it could be argued that the founder of mimetic (or novelty) architecture was an utter basket case…

Cubic Houses, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

(Image by e-s)

(Image by e-s)

(Image by Evelien De Bruyne)

(Image by Evelien De Bruyne)

Optical illusion or sloping structure? This intriguing building design in Rotterdam does a clever job of muddling the eye as it tries to decide whether it’s actually sloping or standing straight…

Habitat 67, Montreal, Canada

(Image by etiennecoutu)

(Image by etiennecoutu)

Located on the St Lawrence River in Montreal, Habitat 67 emerged from the masters thesis of its architect, Moshe Safdie.  Originally designed as “affordable” housing, huge demand for the strange postmodern building’s units made it rather expensive – not quite the ideal envisioned by its founder.  Habitat 67 was designed to illustrate the lifestyle people would live in increasingly crowded cities.

Container City, London

(Image by Magnus D)

(Image by Magnus D)

This London building is made from converted shipping containers. While it might seem a rather odd choice to some, the containers are immensely strong, long lasting, and if they can survive the storms and tempests of the world’s oceans, the drizzly London air shouldn’t pose too many problems.  The image above depicts Container City II, completed in 2002, at Trinity Buoy Wharf.  Located adjacent to the first phase, its bright colours and ziggurat shape offer modern work solutions within its 22 studios.

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  • KIWI

    HOLY HECK, THIS IS AWESOME STUFF HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lienweber

    europe sucks

  • Erg

     you are sucks idiot!

  • Erg

     you are sucks idiot!

  • Erg

     you are sucks idiot!

  • Ema

    You can’t even spell Moshe Safdie’s name properly, and you dare to critic his work!?Well, if you wanna talk about architecture, you need much more than a google research!

  • dood

    agreed dood

  • BongCastaneda

    Habitat 67 the fourth pic is not bizarre at all, its modern, attractive and appealing. no wonder demand for it is so high.

  • fairportfan

    You can’t spell “critique” correctly, and you dare nit-pick at others?”

  • fairportfan

    You’re an idiot.

    No, no – don’t thank me – glad to hjelp.

 
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