Ten Weird Building Designs

Posted: Thursday,January 14, 2010 in Others
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weird building design FM Radio station head offices

This is a lunar colony secretly built by NASA. Well, almost. It’s actually the uber-sci-fi head offices of the RMF Polish FM Radio station RMF and RMF Television in Krakow, Poland. In fact, speaking of NASA, The external surface of the dome was indeed constructed in the United States under a licensing from NASA. The colony is so futuristic and environmentally conscious that the tunnel lights only go up when they detect someone approaching – to add to the lunar ambiance I’m sure.

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weird building design Pacific View mall Bust station

Here’s a bus station to wait in line for. At the Pacific View mall in Ventura, California, designer Dennis Oppenheim calls it “the metamorphosis of a bus becoming a house” and a thought to pack your bags with: “The passengers will arrive at their destination. They will arrive home.” All aboard!

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weird building design Habitat 67

This is the Habitat 67 – architect and designer Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s theme building for an exposition called Expo 67 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Titled “Man and his World”, Saint-Exupery called it a new house “that doesn’t have a face yet.” And also that “the truth for one was to build; it is, for the other, to occupy it.” Well, according to Habitat site, some 148 singles, couples and families occupy it now, and that’s the truth.

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weird building design Disney Concert Hall

The Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, California is designed by Frank Gehry. The building’s exterior contains stainless steel with a matte finish and other areas include highly polished mirror-like panels. Gehry’s sense of humour about his work is reflected when the building was later spoofed in The Simpsons in which the hall was turned into a Jailhouse, for which Frank Gehry himself provided the voice!

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weird building design Mikimoto building

This gem of a building – designed by Japanese architect Toyo Ito – is the Mikimoto & Company jewellery shop in the busy district of Ginza2 in Tokyo, Japan. During daytime, its steel facade looks like a leopard skin which is lit up at night in different colours.

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weird building design Odeillo furnace of France

A very practical weirdo in our series of buildings. It’s a solar furnace at Odeillo in the Pyrenees of France. The idea is to harness the rays of the sun in order to produce high temperatures by concentrating those rays using curved mirrors. And as one not-so-equally clever hotel heiress would say: “It’s hot!”

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weird building design the urban cactus

The Netherlands never really was a desert, but the designers down at UCX Architects in Amsterdam created this apartment complex called The Urban Cactus, anyway. Sure looks weird; though not half as weird as the Babelfish translation of the designers’ description, which goes like: “Urban Cactus are themselves to the head of this back edge and belong as an object more at this green vein then at the surrounding urban structure.” You betcha!

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weird building design Crooked House poland

Ever wonder how a fairy tale house is imagined by a kid when he or she is almost asleep? That’s the “Crooked House” on Bohaterow Monte Cassino Street in Sopot, Poland – our second weird design from Poland. Polish rule! According to the blurb from its contractor Allcon, it was inspired by the “fabulous drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg.” Or perhaps, inspired by their kids, I think.

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weird building design Wozoco's Apartments

Designed by a group of Dutch architects and designers of the firm MVRDV, these are Wozoco’s Apartments: our second weirdo in Amsterdam, Netherlands – the Dutch rule too! A pretty funky architecture fit for a college’s design department dorm, you’d think? Nope, they are for the elderly Dutch people! The designers description, weirdly, could almost be describing a space station: “We combine the technique of assemblage with strong zoning envelopes, often discovered through a recombination of program and site-specific elements.” Yup, it’s hip to be square in Amsterdam.

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weird building design China Central Television

To be inaugurated next year before Beijing Olympics, this is architect Rem Koolhass’s design for the new headquarters of China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing, China. It’s two 60 degrees leaning towers that are bent at 90 degrees at the top and bottom. Another interesting factoid: It is considered an “earth-bound” structure and not a ‘skyscraper’ due to the fact that it is almost equally earth-bound horizontal and sky vertical.


  1. Architecture is an art, and science which lives along side us, as we live in it.
    Architecture has a dominating effect upon our lives.
    For thousands of years it has undergone major changes or evolution, but the last century has brought major changes in this field, so in other words we have come a long way since the basic shelters stone age men made to protect themselves from weather and wild animals, to the climate controlled interior of some of the most beautiful contemporary architectural works, combined with great strength.
    Its not what a building looks like in five or ten years time, the tough question is about what will the building look like after seventy years or centuries later. Will the design be so prominent and be treated as a landmark? or after fourty years will the building have to be brought down as its not harmonising with the newer constructions coming up around it. Buildings cost money, in fact real money, they must be planned well, its just not easy to build up and then decide the building must be changed from here or there to suit certain requirements or its just not harmonising with the buildings around it, or just after a short span of time it must be brought down because it was not designed well. One must keep in mind that a building must take a good deal of punishment at the hands of the environment or other factors, this calls for a well planned reinforcements and construction methods.
    This is the most challenging question an architect has to contend with.

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