The World’s Most Bizarre Buildings

April 6, 2011

Most people appreciate a good building when they see one, but it takes a special kind of artist to make one of the world’s most bizarre buildings! Some are impressive, some are just plain weird, but here’s a list of my favorites below!

Basket Building

No, this isn’t Yogi Bear’s house. It’s actually the headquarters for the Longaberger Basket Company in Newark Ohio. Complete with 7 stories and windows (which are the holes in the lattice), the Building’s CEO fought through multiple critics and red-tape to get it built, and might just qualify as the world’s most authentic basket-case!

Crooked House

Now this one’s more of a mistake than anything, but I love it because the classic British owners decided to just prop it up and keep serving beer even though their pub was literally falling over. The Crooked House in the West Midland of the UK began sinking after a faulty mine collapsed underneath it’s foundations. Putting on their capitalist caps, the owners saw the silver lining and, after suring things up, dubbed their beloved bar The Crooked House. Complete with uneven floors and tilted doorways, they say the only way to feel balanced in the pub is to have a few drinks too many.

Wooden Skyscraper  1

Leave it to Russians to attempt building the world’s first wooden skyscraper! An eccentric Russian man and his family slowly built the Sutyagin House over the course of 15 years. Reaching a height of 144 feet, the house was eventually condemned by authorities and torn down in 2008. Still, you have to admire the Dr. Seuss element to the building.

Kansas City Library

Can you guess the purpose of this building? The Kansas City Public Library in Missouri is coated with books. What else could you expect from a city named after Kansas, but located in Missouri? The ‘bookshelf’ section is actually the garage of the facility, and features historical works concerning Kansas City.

Hole House  2

My final favorite of the world’s most bizarre buildings is the famous ‘Hole House’ in Houston, Texas. Made by artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck, the home looks like it’s being sucked into a black hole, and it a huge draw for tourists in the area.

What do you think of my list of the world’s most bizarre buildings? There are plenty of other greats such as The Crooked House (Sopot, Poland) and the WonderWorks headquarters in Tennessee. Let me know what you think of them in the comment section!

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