Constructing a building takes time, money and man-power and, if a building is designed with new concept or design then it takes great amount of calculation, experience and innovation.
I am sure many of you have seen some incredible architecture in your lifetime and many of you might be having dreams to watch some marvelous structures around the world. Today I have come up with some of the Most Creative Works done on Buildings from Around the World which will surely amaze you in a way.
So here’s the Odd Stuff Magazine’s collection of Strange and Creative Buildings around the World. Also see our one of our previous article on unusual churches.
1. The Atomium
Situated in Brussels, Belgium The Atomium was constructed in 1958 by architect André Waterkeyn. Atomium Stands tall at 102 meters with nice steel spheres connected so that it looks like a unit cell. It still looks good because it was renovated in 2004 to 2006 which included change in aluminum to steel, adding a dormitory for children etc.
2. Barcode Building
Situated at St. Petersburg, Russia, its a building made in the form of giant barcode. The Large windows which create the impression of a barcode helps to clarify the functional identity of the building. Its surely an eye catcher with all the bright red color and great architecture.
3. Blur Building
Blur Building, designed by architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio is situated at the base of Lake Neuchatel in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. This marvel consists of a 60 x 100 x 20 – meter metal, that sprays many tiny drops of lake water from 31400 jets.
4. CyberTecture Egg Building
Cybertecture egg building is situated in Mumbai, India. Its 32,000 sq m egg-shaped building that will combine iconic architecture, environmental design, intelligent systems, and new engineering to create an awe-inspiring landmark in the city. In addition to its great design its been said that the bathrooms will monitor workers health by measuring weight and blood pressure. And a doctor will be alerted to any drastic changes.
5. Solar Ark
Solar Ark situated in Gifu Prefecture, Japan built by Sanyo. It’s one of the most impressive Solar power generator buildings in the world. The building was built to symbolize the goal of becoming a “clean energy society” and inside it there is a Solar Museum. The Ark incorporates 5,046 Solar Panels, and produces about 630 kW of power, which means 530,000 kWh of clean energy is produced annually by the structure. Pictures of the Solar Ark
6. Basket Building
Basket Building is situated at Ohio, USA. Its a seven-story corporate headquarters of the Longaberger Basket Company. Inside the building there is atrium that soars up to a glass ceiling, through which you can see the basket handles that come together over the roof.
7. Piano House
Piano House is situated at An Hui Province, China. Inside the transparent violin is the escalator to the building. Apparently, the building has been built by the local government to interest people to the newly developing area. This building is pure mix-match of music and art.
Its a waterside building located on six hectares of waterfront land alongside Marina Bay near the face of the Singapore River. The main purpose of building is for performing arts for the island nation of Singapore. Taking its name from the nearby Esplanade, it contains a 1,600 seat concert hall and a 2,000 seat theatre for the performing arts.
9. Cubic Houses
10. Eden Project
The Eden Project is a visitor attraction in the United Kingdom, including the world’s largest greenhouse. Inside the artificial biomes are plants that are collected from all around the world. The project is located in a reclaimed Kaolinite pit, located 2 kilometers (1.25 mi) from the town of St Blazey and 5 kilometres (3 mi) from the larger town of St Austell, Cornwall. from Wikipedia
11. Forest Spiral
The Waldspirale is a residential building complex in Darmstadt, Germany, built in the 1990s. The name translates into English as wooded spiral, reflecting both the general plan of the building and the fact that it has a green roof. It was designed by Viennese artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, planned and implemented by architect Heinz M. Springmann, and constructed by the Bauverein Darmstadt company. The building was completed in 2000. via
12. Robot Building
The Robot Building, located in the Sathorn business district of Bangkok, Thailand, houses United Overseas Bank’s Bangkok headquarters. It was designed for the Bank of Asia by Sumet Jumsai to reflect the computerization of banking; its architecture is a reaction against neoclassical and high-tech postmodern architecture. The building’s features, such as progressively receding walls, antennas, and eyes, contribute to its robotic appearance and to its practical function. Completed in 1986, the building is one of the last examples of modern architecture in Bangkok.
Atlantis (Dubai) is the majestic focal point of Palm Jumeirah, a man-made island that has captured the world’s imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity. From the moment of arrival, you’re immersed in a dazzling world of imagination, pleasure and luxury. The resort offers relaxation and thrills for couples and families alike, including a landmark hotel, unique marine habitats, an exhilarating water park, pristine white beaches, world-class cuisine, indulgent spa and cosmopolitan boutiques. To stay or visit is to live out your dreams amidst warm Arabian seas.
14. Rotating Tower
Rotating Tower (Dubai) floors would be capable of rotating around a central axis. It will be continually in motion, changing shape and giving residents the ability to choose a new view at the touch of a button. The form of the building would constantly change as each floor rotates separately giving a new view of the building as it turns. The Architect ensures a very high resistance to earthquakes as each floor rotates independently.
15. Banpo Bridge
Banpo Bridge situated at Seoul, South Korea. Its the world’s longest bridge fountain that set a Guinness World Record with nearly 10,000 LED nozzles that run along both sides that is 1,140m long, shooting out 190 tons of water per minute. The project is the first of its kind in the world. The bridge has 38 water pumps and 9,380 nozzles on either side, which draw 190 tons of water per minute from the river 20 meters below the deck, and shoots as far as 43 meters horizontally.
16. Palais Bulles
Palais Bulles is situated at Cannes, France. In the early Eighties, fashion designer Pierre Cardin wanted to buy an atypical summer house in Cannes. While searching, he stumbled across a construction site being built by architect Antti Lovag for a French industrialist. When the owner died before the Bubble home’s completion, Cardin bought asked the architect to complete it for him. The finished home is all curves, inside and out.
17. Solar Furnace
Solar Furnace is situated at Odeillo, France. A curved mirror (or an array of mirrors) that acts as a parabolic reflector, concentrating light onto a focal point. The largest solar furnace in the world is at Odeillo in the Pyrenees-Orientales in France, opened in 1970.
18. Parc Guell
Parc Guell is situated at Barcelona, Spain. Park Güell is a garden complex with architectural elements situated on the hill of el Carmel in the Gràcia district of Barcelona,Catalonia, Spain. Park Güell is skillfully designed and it certainly looks like a fairy tale scene. The bright colors and the aura of the park is astounding.
19. Montreal Biosphere
Montreal Biosphere is situated at Canada. The Biosphère of Environment Canada is a museum in Montreal dedicated to water and the environment. It is located at Parc Jean-Drapeau, on Île Sainte-Hélène in the former pavilion of the United States for the 1967 World Fair Expo 67.
20. Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum
Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum is situated at Canada. This structure is tilted and adding to its name, it has a money on there head. A person hanging on a rope and some more weird things that add up to there unique design.
21. Lotus Temple
Lotus Temple is situated at Delhi, India. The Bahá’í House of Worship in Delhi, India, popularly known as the Lotus Temple due to its flower like shape, is a Bahá’í House of Worship and also a prominent attraction in Delhi. It was completed in 1986 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. It has won numerous architectural awards and been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles.
I hope you have liked the brilliant work done by Architects around the world. This is the first post in our series of Creative and Strange Work done by Architects. Let us know, if you have been to these locations. How do they actually look and feel in reality.
22. Hallgrímskirkja (Church of Iceland)
Hallgrímskirkja, church of Hallgrímur is a Lutheran (Church of Iceland) parish church in Reykjavík, Iceland. At 73 metres (244 ft), it is the largest church in Iceland and the sixth tallest architectural structure in Iceland after Longwave radio mast Hellissandur, the radio masts of the US Navy at Grindavík, Eiðar longwave transmitter and Smáratorg tower.
The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson (1614 to 1674), author of the Passion Hymns.
23. Brazilian Catholic Cathedral
The Cathedral of Brasília (Catedral Metropolitana Nossa Senhora Aparecida- “Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of Aparecida” ) is the Roman Catholic cathedral serving Brasília, Brazil, and serves as the seat of the Archdiocese of Brasília.
It was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and was completed and dedicated on May 31, 1970. The cathedral is a hyperboloid structure constructed from 16 concrete columns, weighing 90 tons each.