Top 10 Bizarre Feats of Architecture

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Since mankind begun, we€__ve sought shelter as a place to conduct domestic and later, work life. As innovations developed, many different materials and building methods came into play, and architects got increasingly ambitious. Here€__s a list of interesting architectural creations throughout the world €__ the good, the bad and the ugly.

10. Dar Al Hajar, Yemen

Dar al-Hajar Rock House

This palace, which protrudes from a rock formation above a valley in Wadi Dhahr, was constructed in the 1930s by the ruler Imam Yahya. Originally built as a summer residence, this remarkable building and its grand interior is now open to tourists. Photo by [email protected]


9. Manchester Civil Justice Centre, England

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Australian architects Denton Corker Marshall designed this multi-court building, which boasts the largest suspended glass wall in Europe, at 11,000m2. The same design team is currently in talks to create a sister court building in nearby Birmingham. Photo by Iain Peacock

8. The Stone House, Portugal

Stone House

This domestic home was meticulously carved out of a large piece of stone. Although it€__s privately owned, many trek to the top of this hill in Guimaraes to take photos and marvel at the unique residence. Photo by Jsome1

7. Beijing National Stadium, China

Beijing National Stadium, China

This stadium €__ used in the 2008 Summer Olympics €__ was the brainchild of architects Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Stefan Marbach, Li Xinggang, and artist Ai Wei Wei. They came up with the design after studying Chinese ceramics and deciding on a €__Birds Nest€_ theme. Photo uploaded by fgcp035

6. Kansas City Public Library

Kansas City Public Library

Kansas City Public Library

Established in 1873, Kansas City€__s library was adapted to include this incredible wall of books, which run down 10th Street between Wyandotte Street and Baltimore Avenue. There are twenty-two 25 x 9 feet book spines featuring titles suggested by Kansas City readers, such as Catch 22, Huckleberry Finn, The Lord of the Rings and Charlotte€__s Web. Photo by jonathan_moreau and Gwen€__s River City Images

5. The Crooked House, Himley, England

Crooked House

This pub in the English West Midlands fell foul to too much coal removal beneath its footings during the mining period. The result was that it sunk to one side, causing drinks to roll off the table and punters feeling incredibly drunk after just a couple of beers. Buttressing has secured the building so it won€__t slip any more, even though it€__s still 15 degrees off angle. Photo by Gary S. Crutchley

4. Upside-Down House in Szymbark, Poland

Upside-down House

Philanthropist and businessman Daniel Czapiewski created this house in 114 days, as a statement about Communism. It attracts thousands of tourists a year, who often complain of sea-sickness and dizziness after walking around the structure. Photo by Dirk Wegman

3. Habitat 67, Canada

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Habitat 67

Moshe Safdie was the designer behind this multi-cubed residential area in Montreal. Ironically, although they were designed with the intention of creating affordable but stylish accommodation, the domiciles rose in price as they rose in architectural infamy. Photo by P M M and hubertk

2. The Winchester Mystery House, California

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The Winchester Mystery House, California

This ex-personal residence of Sarah Winchester is now a popular tourist attraction due to its sheer oddness. Winchester demanded daily €__from-the-ground-up€_ construction around-the-clock, without interruption, from 1884 until her death in 1922. This resulted in a huge mansion with seven stories (now four), 160 rooms, two ballrooms, spider motifs hidden in the designs and staircases and doors leading to nowhere. Photo by dalvenjah and Slightlynorth

1. Atomium, Brussels

Atomium

The Atomium is a monument built for Expo €__58, the 1958 Brussels World€__s Fair.
Designed by Andr⟠Waterkeyn, it is 102-metre (335-feet) tall, with nine steel spheres connected so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Tubes which connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the center enclose escalators connecting the spheres which contain exhibit halls and other public spaces. Photo by fatboyke

Honorary Mention €__ The Ice Hotel, Sweden

The Ice Hotel

This seasonal ice hotel was built in Jukkasjâ“rvi after a French artist held an exhibition in an igloo and visitors asked to stay the night. The hotel is rebuilt each year, between December and April, using over 5,000 tones of ice for the church, Absolut Icebar, reception, main hall and suites. Photo by Weerf

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