14 Unusual Buildings in the World

It is not every day that you come across jaw-dropping buildings that seem to defy conventions. For this reason, it is not surprising that many of the world’s quirkiest and most unusual buildings are attracting a lot of attention. And here are just some of them.

1. Capital Gate

Capital Gate
Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE
::: Listed on the Guinness Book of World Records as world’s furthest leaning man-made tower

2. Crazy House
crazy house
Location: Dalat, Vietnam
::: Quirky-looking guesthouse

3. Crooked House
crooked house
Location: Staffordshire, United Kingdom
::: A pub with both ends at different heights (i.e. one end is roughly 4ft lower than the other)

4. Cubic Houses
Cubic Houses
Location: Rotterdam, The Netherlands
::: Cube-shaped houses

5. Kansas City Library
Kansas City Library
Location: Missouri, USA
::: Library with a bookshelf façade, features spines of famous books

6. Krzywy Domek
Krzywy Domek
Location: Sopot, Poland
::: Building that looks like it came out straight from the pages of a fairy tale book

7. Kunsthaus
Location: Graz, Austria
::: Contemporary art museum

8. Longaberger Company Building
Longaberger Company
Location: Newark, Ohio, USA
::: Building that serves as headquarters for a basket company

9. Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple
Location: Delhi, India
::: Bahai temple

10. Montaña Mágica Lodge
Montaña Mágica Lodge
Location: Patagonian Rainforest, Chile
::: Eco-lodge that mimics the shape of a volcano

11. Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval
Palais Idéal du Facteur Cheval
Location: Hauterives, France
::: Iconic outsider architecture, a palace built from stones collected by postman Ferdinand Cheval

12. Piano House
piano house
Location: Anhui, China
::: A house shaped like a piano with a violin-shaped entrance

13. Ryugyong Hotel
ryugyong hotel
Location: Pyongyang, North Korea
::: Skyscraper shaped like a pyramid and remains unfinished to date

14. Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Svalbard Global Seed Vault
Location: Longyearbyen, Norway
::: Well-fortified seed vault that serve as storage place for millions of different types of seeds from around the world

World’s Best Cities for Architecture Lovers

Travelers often stumble upon remarkable architecture and design that may be unexpected. Many sought to visit famous landmarks while others randomly find awe-inspiring buildings that make a place more memorable. But there are cities in the world with attractions architecture enthusiasts would love to see.

Athens, Greece
Why go there: Greek architecture, world-renowned cultural monuments, Acropolis Hill, Parthenon, Temple of Hephaestus, Temple of Olympian Zeus, Theatre of Dionysos, Greek Parliament, and more

Barcelona, Spain
la sagrada familia
Why go there: Home of famous architect Antoni Gaudi; La Sagrada Família, Casa Batlló, Església de Santa Maria del Mar, Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau, La Pedrera, Palau de la Música Catalana, Park Güell

Beijing, China
Great Wall of China
Why go there: Classical and modern architecture, Forbidden City, Great Wall of China, Nine Great Gates, Summer Palace, Temple of Earth, Temple of Heaven, Bird’s Nest, CCTV Headquarters, National Grand Theatre

Berlin, Germany
Why go there: Berlin Cathedral, Brandenburg Gate, Charlottenburg Palace, Fernsehturm (Berlin Television Tower), Holocaust Memorial, Olympic Stadium, Potsdamer Platz, Reichstag, The Berlin Wall Memorial

Cairo, Egypt
Great Pyramid of Giza
Why go there: The Great Pyramid of Giza, Al-Azhar Mosque, Bab Zuweila, Beit el-Suhaymi, Ibn Tulun Mosque, Madrassa of an-Nasr Mohammed, Madrassa of Qalaun, Madrassa of as-Salih Ayyub, Mosque of Al-Hakim, Nilometer, Ramses Station, Sultan Hassan Mosque, Wikala al-Bazara

Chicago, USA
Cloud Gate
Why go there: Aon Center, Aqua Tower, Cloud Gate, Crown Hall, Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago, Robie House, The Poetry Foundation, Unity Temple, Willis Tower, Wood Pavilion

Dubai, UAE
burj al arab
Why go there: Bastakia Quarter, Burj al-Arab, Burj Khalifa, Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Mosque, Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, The World

Istanbul, Turkey
Why go there: Hagia Sophia, Beylerbeyi Palace, Blue Mosque, Column of Constantine, Dolmabahçe Palace, Garden Plaza, Topkapi Palace

New York City, USA
Freedom Tower
Why go there: Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, Flatiron Building, Freedom Tower, Gingerbread House, Guggenheim, Rockefeller Center

Paris, France
Why go there: Classical and modern architecture; Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, Arènes de Lutèce, Centre Pompidou, Cité de la Mode et du Design, Foundation Louis Vuitton, Notre Dame Cathedral , The Louvre

Rome, Italy
Why go there: World famous architecture wonders; Basilica San Pietro, Burghese Gallery and Gardens, Castel Sant’Angelo, Colosseum, Fontana di Trevi, The Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Roman Forum, Trajan’s Column

Shanghai, China
Why go there: Modern architecture; Grand Theatre, Oriental Art Centre, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, Shanghai World Financial Centre