Travelling around the World and seeing many countries, cities and cultures gives you the opportunity to meet some great people, see some amazing landmarks and sometimes the odd strange building. Some have been purposely built and others have allot of history behind them. Here are 10 of the strangest buildings to keep a look out for on your travels.
The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
This modern museum of contemporary art in Bilbao, Spain
, was designed by Canadian/American architect Frank Gehry. It is one of several museums which belongs to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Wall House II, Groningen, Netherlands
This amazing structure in the Netherlands
was designed in the 1970's and designed by American architect, artist and educator John Hejduk. Now it is used to give artists designed space and are invited to occupy the house for several months. Guided tours can be arranged when it is not been resided.
Container City, London
have decided to reuse utilized shipping containers which are no longer in use and have been stacked up and constructed to make accommodation and offices at low cost. Certainly a good recycling venture.
Haines Shoe House, Pennsylvania, United States
Built in 1948 by shoe salesman Mahlon Haines as a form of advertisement, it is 25 feet tall and has over 5 stories. It used to be rented out to people and couples but now open to the public you can go have a noisy round.
The Crooked House, Sopot, Poland
This unusual building in Poland
was designed by architect Szotnyscy Zaleski and inspired by Polish artist Jan Marcin Szancer, a fantasy and children’s literature illustrator which was finally was constructed in 2004. The crooked house is now some what a photographic must have.
Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic
In downtown Prague
there is a rather unusual building nick named the dancing house. Others have named it the drunken house but it was Originally named Fred and Ginger. It was designed by architect Vlado Milunić and built on a vacant riverfront plot in 1992.
Holy Cross Chapel, Arizona, United States
This magnificent and unusual chapel was designed by architect August K. Strotz. Built in 1956 the Chapel is wedged between the mesas of Arizona. Now a main tourist attraction in the United States
, the Chapel is open to the public.
Hang Nga guesthouse, Vietnam
Also known throughout the World as the Crazy House. This spectacular piece of architecture was designed and built by Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga who was inspired by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.
Waldspirale, Darmstadt, Germany
This colourful residential complex in Germany
was built in the mid 1990's and named the "forest spiral" building throughout the English speaking world. Designed by Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, it opened in 2000 to residents.
Longaberger Company, Ohio, United States
This Ohio manufacturer in the United States
of handcrafted maple wood baskets. This local landmark and a well-known example of novelty architecture was thought of by owner Dave Longaberger who wanted all of the Longaberger buildings to be shaped like baskets.