Strange Buildings


Most people pass buildings going about their every day business without really noticing they are there. In some ways, buildings in cities are almost invisible, similar to the proverbial person who could not see the wood due to all the trees in the way. Sometimes an architectural feature will catch our eye but usually that is far as it goes. There are however  buildings around the world designed in such a striking manner, it becomes almost possible not to notice them. Although we might be forgiven for thinking at a first glance there is something wrong with the building, in truth a great deal of clever planning went into the design of these buildings to achieve the desired effect and to ensure the building functions as intended. If nothing else, one must admit these buildings do catch-the-eye.

Bransom Museum, Missouri, USA


This building is the Bransom Museum in Missouri is designed to commemorate an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale which occurred in New Madrid, Missouri in 1812. It was designed by the Ripley’s franchise.

Stata Centre, Cambridge, Massachusetts USA


The face of this building which looks like it has been pushed in by a giant is the Stata Centre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was designed by Frank Gehry and houses an academic complex.

The Crooked House, Sopot, Poland


The Crooked House, Sopot, Poland. The building was inspired by children’s illustrations drawn of Jan Marcin Szancer. The architect Szotnyscy Zaleski designed the building.

Casa do Comércio, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil


If building land is limited, why not build upwards and outwards? This novel looking building is the Casa do Comércio, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

The Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo, Japan


 The Nakagin Capsule Tower, Tokyo, Japan as the name implies is two twin towers with self-contained modular capsules attached. It is a mixed-use residential and office property. A bathroom unit about the size of an aircraft toilet is set into the corner of each unit.

This museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada is another building from the Ripley franchise. It is designed to look like a version of the Empire State Building that has fallen over with a model of the mighty King Kong standing on top.

 This upside down house built-in Japan is reminiscent of the nursery rhyme of the three little piggies and the big bad wolf. After the wolf  huffed and puffed he blew the house down.
Probably the thinnest house in London.
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