Top 5 Unusual Buildings

8 Mar

We’ve all got to live and work somewhere, so why not somewhere a little bit fantastical? At least, until the novelty wears off anyway…  Perhaps some of these should be filed under ‘great to visit but don’t want to stay’… or do you?

5. Dynamic Tower

The future has arrived Mr. Deckard, and it’s no Nexus 6.

Okay, it’s not quite here yet, but the Dynamic Tower is a proposed 80 floor moving skyscraper, designed by David Fisher, and cited to be built soon in Dubai (where else?!).  Each floor can rotate independently and as such, the exterior shape of the building will be constantly changing. Using the voice-controlled rotation, you could choose to wake up with the sunshine streaming into your bedroom, and eat dinner watching the sunset. Each floor will take 90 minutes to make a full rotation

It is unique in other ways too, such as the method of its construction. Aside from the concrete core, the entire building will be constructed from prefabricated factory-built modules (including flooring, water pipes and air-con) with each floor comprising 40 of these units.

Good news! The Dynamic Tower will also be green, powered by turbines and solar panels which will produce more than enough energy to power 5 buildings of similar size. The bad news: aside from having to wait for the Dynamic Tower to be built, it is rumoured that the units will cost around $3 million each.

Dynamic Architecture is the place you want to go to find out more.

4. Upside-down House

Daniel Czapiewski, a Polish businessman and philanthropist,  thought up this crazy project as a statement about Poland’s communist past and the state of the world. It is built in a small Polish village called Szymbark.

The topsy-turvy building often leaves visitors with dizziness. In fact, it took 114 days to build (as opposed to the construction company’s usual 3 weeks) because the workers were constantly disoriented. Seasickness symptoms are often caused by the jaunty angles within the rooms.  Nonetheless, it is a very successful tourist attraction with thousands visiting it every year.

3. Stone House

This house broke into the news in 2009 when it was ‘discovered’ in the Nas montanhas de Fafe in Portugal. The house grabbed the attention of the media due to the fact it looks like Fred and Wilma’s home from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon ‘The Flintstones’. Yabadabadoo!

Seth McFarlane (writer of Family Guy) is currently in talks with FOX to revive the series for 2013.

The house was built in 1974 as a family holiday home in the wilderness. The current owner’s father chose to build between 4 huge boulders and created a unique home beautifully integrated into its environment. Inside, the house is cozy, with a fireplace and a log staircase. Sadly, even amongst all this media attention, the stone house has fallen victim to disrepair and vandalism in recent years.

2. Krywy Domek (The Crooked House)

Yes, this is the second Polish entry in our Top 5, they seem to have a knack for it! The Crooked House was built in 2004 and designed by Szotyńscy & Zaleski who were inspired by the fairytale illustrations and drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg.

Jan Szancer has illustrated over 150 books and has also created costumes for movies in Poland, some of which he wrote himself, including ‘A Lady from the Window’ (English translation) from 1964.

On the ground floor, The Crooked House is part of a shopping mall, but bizarrely, the first floor is occupied by various services including dentists, opticians and beauty salons.

For more info and events check out: The Crooked House

1. Conch Shell House

#1 come from Isla Mujeres, Mexico. This private house is owned by artist Octavio Ocampo, who also designed it.It boasts all the mod-cons including swimming pool, air-conditioning, and internet access, and is also near the ocean, . The centre-piece is the main room which has no corners. It’s literally like being in a giant seashell. If the rest of the top 5 seemed a little inaccessible, rest assured that the Conch Shell house is available as a holiday let here.

Ocampo is one of Mexico’s most prolific artists. He paints in a ‘metamorphic’ style which can be described by using a technique of superimposing and juxtaposing realistic and figurative elements within a piece of work. The feature-length documentary, ‘Octavio’ by Jose Antonio Torres goes into his methods and how he approaches his art – in case you get curious!

If you’re excited to find out more about other strange and beautiful architecture take a look at Unusual Architecture


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