The history of architecture is enriched with extraordinary designs from its commencement. Many everlasting records have been set by the architectures. These masterpieces of construction are still a reason of astound for the world. These imaginative structures have always enthralled people by their uniqueness and uncommon design. I have extracted some astonishing and spectacular building from all over the world and accumulate them into a list. These ranking are based on the building’s unusual and extraordinary design.
10. Cubic Houses
Architect: Piet Blom
Location: Rotterdam and Helmond, Netherland
Year of Development: 1974
Distinct Feature: Cubic shape
Cubic houses are built in Rotterdam and Helmond in Netherland. They were designed with a concept of “living as an urban roof”. The design of the houses are very unique in which each house is representing a tree and houses all together make a forest. Houses are tilted to 45 degrees and are built on a hexagon shaped pylon. Piet Blom is the architect of this unique structure. The houses were initially constructed in Helmond later on the natives of Rotterdam were also blessed with this exceptional forest of cubic houses.
9. Dancing Building
Architect: Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry
Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Year of Development: 1996
Distinct Feature: Curvy outlines
This stunning building which is built at the bank of Vltava River in Prague is also known as Fred and Ginger. Its intriguing design was created by Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry. It was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996. The initial name of the building was inspired by the legendary dance duo. The dancing building is its nick name given because of its dancing outlines and curves. Several multinational firms have their offices in it including a French restaurant which occupies its top floor. Beside all the controversies that it faced due to its nontraditional design, it is a worth seeing monument of Prague.
8. Sanzhi UFO House
Owned by: Hung Kuo Group
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
Year of Development: 1978
Distinct Feature: Pod Shap
The UFO houses which are also known as Sanzhi UFO houses are built in Sanzhi district of new Taipei city, Taiwan. These are pod shaped houses and have resemblance with Futuro houses. The construction of UFO houses was started in 1978. There development was intended to provide vacation resort U.S military officers but later on it converted to commercial seaside resort for tourists. The major reason for the change in plan was because of some unfortunate events that took place during its construction. However it is now the hottest spot for tourists because of its weird architecture.
7. Ferdinand Cheval Palace a.k.a Ideal Palace
Architect: Ferdinand cheval
Location: Hauterives, France
Year of Development: 1879
Distinct Feature: Different Architecture Culture Molded into a Palace
The extraordinary naive art monument Ferdinand cheval palace is located in Hauterives, France. It was a creation of a French postman Ferdinand cheval. This postman began its construction in 1879 and spent 30 years of his life in the development of this ideal palace. The amazing thing about this palace is that Ferdinand cheval extracted its idea from a stone. This masterpiece is a mixture of inspirations from Christianity to Hinduism styles of building. The ideal palace was built with stones, lime, cement and mortar. Cheval is also buried in the palace.
6. Forest Spiral Hundertwasser Building
Architect: Heinz M. Springmann
Location: Darmstadt, Germany
Year of Development: 2000
Distinct Feature: Forest spiral like a climbing meadow and has over 1000 windows each of which has a different style.
This building is the center of attention for the people from all over the world because of its unusual architecture. It is a lodging complex and contains 105 housing units. It is situated in Burgerpark area in Darmstadt, Germany. The building has an afforested spiral structure. It is built in such a way that it looks like a constantly climbing meadow. It is a twelve story building. Its brilliant design was shaped by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a well known painter of Australia. The picturesque courtyard of the building has a running stream which adds exquisiteness in this spectacular building.