12 Strange Architectural Features

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#1 By Friedensreich Hundertwasser, A Storybook Tower

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The Hundertwasser Tower was finished in 2010, despite its appearance that it was constructed long before. The South German observation tower, which is 35 meters high and 6 meters in diameter, was initially designed to be three times larger, but famed and contentious Austrian architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser passed away ten years before it could be constructed. Straight lines are sometimes referred to as “the devil’s tools” by him, and his bizarre works have been likened to Gaudi’s.

The residential complex he constructed in Austria in the 1980s is seen here.

via Sarah Ackerman

1,000 doors were reused by architect Jeong-Hwa to remodel the front of a ten-story skyscraper in Seoul.

#2 The Moorhouse

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#3 A Pink House in Bloom

I have no idea who constructed this or where it is, but I wouldn’t mind living there! Source: this.

#4 a pregnant home

via Hiroshi Nakamura and Spoutnik

Hiroshi Nakamura, an architect, was the designer of this Tokyo home that appears to be expanding. There is a serene seating space beneath a skylight on each side of the sagging street wall.

#5 The Moon Residences

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An architect who cares about the environment, Nader Khalil came up with the concept of employing earth as the primary building material while creating ceramic homes. He suggested in 1984 that his blueprints may be used to create lunar colonies, or homes on the moon! The homes would have been a more appealing option than transporting thousands of tonnes of building supplies to the Moon. Khalil’s earthquake-resistant homes have instead ended up in a small village in Iran, a place where regular earthquakes leave hundreds dead and more homeless, as we haven’t quite opted to go living in space yet.

#6 The tallest wooden structure in the world belongs to a Russian gangster

via Village of Joy and The Telegraph

This strange 13-story structure belonged to Russian mobster Nikolai Sutyagin, who was imprisoned in1998 on accusations of racketeering before finishing his dream mansion. He was homeless when he was freed, and he and his wife spent many years living in a few drafty rooms at the bottom of their deteriorating wooden palace. Nikolai Sutyagin explains how the design came to be as it did:”First I added three levels, but the house looked awkward, like a mushroom,” he remarked. “I continued after adding another since it still didn’t seem right. What you see right now is a fortunate accident.” Unfortunately, the home is no longer visible because it was destroyed. Neighbors claimed it was a fire danger, and in 2009, after being repeatedly threatened with demolition by municipal officials and being built entirely out of wood logs and boards without using a single nail (an old Russian building style), it was ultimately taken down.

RIA Novosti. Nikolai Gernet

#7 The Bubble Building in Beirut

Instagram user Serjios from Beirut, Lebanon, captured this image of a dilapidated old apartment building. “These bouncy, vibrant balconies come to mind when I think of bubbles of life. They resemble ascending balloons in appearance. Each of them has its own life, rhythm, and personality. One may claim that under this specific structure,”life is definitely a theatre”

#8 Being a shell

More insane homes, like the ones below, via the website this way.

This residence was built by”organic architect” Javier Senosiain in Mexico City. I believe the intention is for you to feel as though you are inside the habitat of a gigantic marine monster.

#9 a wooden teepee cabin

In Quebec’s Sainte-Rose du Nord, an uncommon A-frame cottage. Unknown architect via this.

#10 Iranian Healing Cave Houses

Although a spa vacation may not come to mind when thinking of Iran, many of these cave homes from the 7th century is available for rent to tourists in Kandovan, a well-known resort area in the northeast of the country with hotels, restaurants, and unique local mineral water renowned for its therapeutic properties. These volcanic rock cave houses, which face south to maximize sunlight, have been inhabited by villagers for millennia. A natural”air circulation system that keeps the dwellings cool in summer and warm in winter”is another feature of the partially subterranean caverns. The bottom level is normally used for cattle, the first and second floors are usually used for residential quarters, and the top floor is usually utilized for storage. The majority of the homes combine modern elements like windows with ornamental glass and doors with natural stone masonry.

via Dornob and AcidCow

#11 Capri’s Casa Malaparte, is owned by Brigitte Bardot

Okay, so this isn’t Brigitte Bardot’s actual home, but it does appear to have been created with a sun- worshiping beauty like her in mind. In reality, Casa Malaparte is the residence that starred in Le Mépris, one of Jean-Luc Godard’s most well-known films starring Bardot. For the Italian author and journalist Curzio Malaparte, it was constructed in 1937 and is perched on a rock 32 meters above sea level on the Isle of Capri. However, it’s unclear who exactly should be given credit for the design at this time. Malaparte is claimed to have rejected the house’s initial design from renowned Italian architect Adalberto Libera and instead chose to construct it himself with the aid of a local stonemason named Adolfo Amitrano. Casa Malaparte, one of the finest examples of contemporary and modern Italian architecture, is polarizing among those who love and despise architecture.

Six years after Malaparte's death, in 1963, Le Mépris was filmed there. At that time, the mansion had been abandoned and was already deteriorating due to neglect, the effects of the weather, and regrettably, vandalism.

The home was bequeathed to the Foundation Giorgio Ronchi in the 1970s, but it wasn't adequately repaired until the early 1990s.

Screen stills via MissMoss


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