In the world of architecture, level lines and right angles are the standard, but some architects reject these principals and some properties can't be contained with these traditional confines. These are some of the weirdest buildings on earth.
You don't need to order a drink to feel drunk at the Crooked House. That's because this pub is entirely disorienting, tilting this way and that throughout the entire interior. The structure's staggered stance is a result of mining underneath the pub during the 1800s that left one end of the structure four feet lower than the other.
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Designed in 1992 by Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić and Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, the Dancing House was designed to be a building of two parts to represent the transition of Czechoslovakia from a communist state under the USSR to an independent democracy.
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This bizarre building by Vietnamese architect Đặng Việt Nga is reminiscent of a massive banyan tree on the outside, while the interior looks notably cave-like. Nga did not use traditional blueprints to design the structure, but instead creates paintings, which she then has local craftsmen to convert into a physical structure. The structure has become a popular tourist destination and has been included in many tv shows, blogs and magazines.
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Looking more like something you'd see in Toon Town than a building you'd expect to see in the real world, designers Szotyńscy & Zaleski took strong inspiration from fairytale illustrations while coming up with the concept. Krzywy Domek means Crazy House in Polish, making this one of a few buildings with that moniker.
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Seven row houses were constructed in Washington D.C. in 1795. When the White House was burned in 1815, President Madison stayed in these seven houses while he awaited the White House to be rebuilt. Nowadays, only two of these seven historical houses stand. To help preserve the structures while still expanding its national embassy on the same property, the Mexican embassy constructed a nine-story office building that was constructed all around the two historical properties. The result is a strange and wonderful fusion of old and new.
Architect Piet Blom designed his Cube Houses to operate like an "urban roof," where high density housing still leaves ample space for walking, playing and relaxing outside on the ground level. To create such a space, he turned a cube to a 45 degree angle and then rested it upon a smaller pylon. When viewed from the outside, the individual cubes seem to flow together, creating a forest of housing.
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When Ontario's OCAD University required another extension to their main building, they decided to go up and over instead of above or beside. Rod Robbieof Robbie/Young + Wright Architects and Will Alsop of Alsop Architects designed the outrageous structure that sits four stories off the ground, supported by a variety of colorful pillars arranged and different angles. The $42.5 million dollar expansion was a risky venture, but it paid off, receiving a number of architecture awards since its completion in 2005.
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A wonderful example of blob architecture, the Kunstaus Graz is an Austrian museum that has become just as famous for its structure as the artwork inside. Architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier gave the structure an incredibly organic shape that still integrates with the 1847 facade from the original museum building.
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The tallest residential building in Sweden isn't just big; it's also bizarre. The sculptural design spirals as it rises, rotating a full 90 degrees from top to bottom. Santiago Calatrava took inspiration from the way the human spine twists, which seems fairly obvious when you look at the design as an organic form.
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Also known as the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi, this tilting tower puts the famous Pisa structure to shame, holding the Guinness record for the world's "furthest leaning man-made tower." Architectural firm RMJM designed the structure to have an 18 degree tilt while still managing to absorb the force of wind and earthquakes.
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Piano and Violin House
This musically-inspired design struck a chord with the Chinese resident who lives inside the charming structure. The glass violin serves as the entry point to the piano home, that is otherwise balanced on three concrete legs. The open top of the piano gives residents a beautiful terrace with an incredible view.
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