From large mansions to tiny houses, people have built it all, and this basic amenity has evolved drastically showcasing man’s creativity. We have seen dream-like castles, homely cottages, lofty apartments and smart little houses equipped with many facilities. However, there are a few structural displays which transcend reality and dream. They are a true manifestation of man’s horizon of imagination, and they need to be seen to be believed.
Palais Bulles, Cannes, France
The Bubble House belongs to fashion designer Pierre Cardin and was styled by architect Antti Lovag. This architectural masterpiece is located 10 Kilometers away from Cannes, France, at a place called Théoule-sur-Mer.
Nautilus House, Mexico City, Mexico
An oceanic theme was adopted for the construction of this home, which is the reason behind its shell-like structure. The architect behind this marvel is Javier Senosiain, a follower of Arquitectura Organica (Organic Architecture). While designing the building, the architect intended to bring architecture close to nature, and designed it in this manner. This unique building is situated in Mexico City and has been admired by many.
Rotating Tower, Dubai, UAE
The Rotating Tower is known by various names such as ‘Dynamic Tower’, ‘Dynamic Architecture Building’ and ‘Da Vinci Tower’. Conceived by Italian-Israeli architect David Fisher, the building is in constant motion. Each floor rotates independently giving the building a new shape every hour. This is one among the many architectural attractions in Dubai, UAE.
Atomium, Brussels, Belgium
The building located in Brussels, Belgium is modeled after a crystalized Iron atom and was constructed to be displayed in ‘Expo 58’, a fair held in 1958. Ever since, this construction has attracted many from around the globe. The engineer behind this structure is André Waterkeyn and the architects of this building include André and Jean Polak.
Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic
One of the picturesque views in Prague, Czech Republic, is the Nationale-Nederlanden building dubbed as the ‘Dancing House’ or Fred and Ginger. The building resulted from the genius minds of architects Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry. Amongst the art buildings of Gothic, Baroque and Art Nouveau type, which have occupied a major chunk of Prague, the ‘Dancing House’ seemed out of rhythm. Hence, the structure was surrounded was a lot of controversies at the time of its construction.
Wonderworks, Pigeon Forge, USA
The upside down structure is located in Pigeon Forge, USA, and the building has been carefully constructed to make it look the way it is. It was built in 1998, followed by four other such constructions dedicated to science exhibits.
Experience Music Project, Seattle, USA
Enlisted by the renowned magazine ‘Forbes’ in ‘Top 10 Ugliest Buildings in the World’, this unique structure is situated in Seattle, USA. This is a nonprofit museum dedicated to preserving music history.
National Theater, Beijing, China
The National Centre for the Performing Arts is an opera house in Beijing, China. The egg-shaped structure was designed by Paul Andreu, an architect of French origin. Half of the building is covered with glass while the other half is coated with Titanium. Situated in the midst of an artificial lake, this theatre can accommodate 5,452 individuals within its three halls.
Stone House, Guimaraes, Portugal
The house is believed to be inspired from the cartoon series ‘Flintstones’, and has been in tune with its natural surroundings. ‘The House of Stone’ was meant to be a rural retreat, however, in recent times this unusual house has drawn many architects and tourists. Hence, the owner Vitor Rodrigues, who probably wanted a respite and some lone time for himself, left the house.
Upside Down House, Szymbark, Poland
This house in Poland seems to be uprooted from its base and while entering into it we feel like our world has turned upside down. This aptly named building stands on Mount Wiezyca, Szymbark, Poland.
Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Austria
Unveiled in 2003, the Kunsthaus Graz or Grazer Kunsthaus or Graz Art Museum, has attracted many since then. It is an eco-friendly structure made with photo-voltaic cells and has been regarded as an architectural masterpiece since its inception.
House Attack, Vienna, Austria
A house was once rooted out from the ground and began flying; on its way it stuck to a huge structure and since then it remained attached to it. Jokes apart, the structure of this building seems to be like a sight straight out of this story, as it is constructed in such a hilarious manner. It is a creation of artist Erwin Wurm and is located in Vienna, Austria.