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- Dancing House, Prague, Czech Republic.
Designed by Czech architect Vlado Milunic together with his American colleague Frank Gehry in the center of Prague, the Dancing House appeared on the banks of the Vltava River.
The amazing structure was nicknamed “Ginger and Fred” in honor of the dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It was originally intended as an art gallery, but the building was later purchased by a financial company.
- Bubble House, Cannes, France.
The bubble house or Palais Bulles is located on the cliffs of the French Riviera. It offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean Sea.
The house was built in 1989 by the architect Antti Lovag and purchased by the fashion designer Pierre Cardin. Located in one of the most glamorous areas of France, the Bubble House is often rented out for parties or photo shoots.
- Waste incineration plant Spittelau, Austria, Vienna.
This incinerator in the capital of Austria is very popular with photographers due to its unusual shapes and colors.
Designed by the artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, the plant performs the most important functions of a waste disposal center, as well as generating heating and hot water.
- Kryvyi Domik, Sopot, Poland “Kryvyi Domik” is a shopping center in the seaside town of Sopot. The building was designed by architects Shotinsky and Zalessky, inspired by illustrations of fairy-tale books.
The result of their creativity was a house that conquers with its unreal wave-like forms.
- Forest Spiral, Darmstadt, Germany.
This building, curled in a rainbow spiral, functions as a full-fledged residential complex in the German city of Darmstadt. The roof of the building is covered with grass, trees and shrubs, and some trees even protrude from its windows.
By the way, each of the thousands of windows available here is absolutely unique.
- Hang Nga Guest House, Dalat, Vietnam.
In the Vietnamese city of Dalat, the Hang Nga Hotel, also known as the “Crazy House”, was built by the architect Dang Viet Nga. Each room of the hotel has a unique design, but the whole building creates a holistic impression of its soft fusion with the surrounding landscape.
- Dom Mila, Barcelona, Spain.
Known to many as La Pedrera (meaning “stone quarry”), this architectural masterpiece is one of the creations of the architect Antoni Gaudi, built in his favorite city of Barcelona.
This building, which carries the key features of Catalan architectural modernism, received the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.
- Hotel Galéria Spirit, Bratislava, Slovakia What looks like a picturesque explosion of modern art is actually the Galéria Spirit Hotel in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The amazing house is located right on the border of this country with Austria, near the Old Town of Bratislava. The unique appearance of this hotel stands out among the other buildings of the city.
- Inverted House, Szymbark, Poland The project of businessman Daniel Czapiewski, the Inverted House was originally intended to serve as an art object, reflecting the sense of insecurity that came after the end of the communist era. Visitors can enter the house and walk through its upside-down rooms, although many find the experience quite disorienting.
- The Perfect Palace, Oterive, France.
The ideal Palace was conceived and created by Ferdinand Cheval, a rural postman from France. Construction began in 1879, but was not completed until 1912. In the late 60s, the French Minister of Culture awarded the palace the status of a historical monument.
- Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain.
The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, designed by architect Frank Gehry, is perhaps one of the most famous examples of modern architecture. Its undulating facade proved so difficult to design that Gehry had to use a program originally created for the aerospace industry.
- Aragon Pavilion, Zaragoza, Spain.
This pavilion was intended to represent the Spanish province of Aragon, in which the city of Zaragoza is located, at the International Exhibition in 2008. The main structure is supported on three massive pillars, leaving the space under the building open for use as a spacious plaza and even a conference room. It is assumed that the facade of the building should cause the viewer to associate with a wicker basket. Curved panels of glass and concrete, intertwining, create this effect.
- Hotel Marquez de Riscal, El Ciego, Spain.
Another Spanish architectural object, stunning to the imagination, it is also another building designed by Frank Gehry. Opened in 2006, the Marques de Riscal Hotel has all the characteristic elements of Gehry’s design, including the curved metal panels that adorn the exterior surfaces of the building, as well as an abundance of different slopes and zigzags. This building helped to secure the title of the main meeting place for wine lovers in this area of Spain.
- Selfridge Department Store, Birmingham, England Designed by the architectural firm Future Systems, the Birmingham branch of Selfridge Department Store is covered with 15 thousand shiny aluminum disks, giving the building an alien look and shine.
- Fuji-TV building, Tokyo, Japan.
Although the entire structure looks like something from a children’s construction kit, the design of the Fuji-TV Building was actually created by the architectural company Kenzo Tange Associates. The spherical observation tower located at the top weighs more than 1,300 tons. It offers excellent views of the city and Mount Fuji.
- Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria.
The Kunsthaus (which means “art museum”), located in the city of Graz, is called by the locals “Friendly Alien” because of its very extraordinary appearance. The museum, which contains exhibits of contemporary art, is also notable for being an eco-friendly building. Its roof has built-in solar panels, allowing the building to generate its own energy.
- National Museum of the American Indian, Washington, USA.
Part of the Smithsonian Institution, the National Museum of the American Indian is located on the National Mall in Washington. The building was designed in collaboration with the Native American Design Collaborative, whose members are members of indigenous communities. The aim of the project was to reflect the characteristics of the various indigenous cultures that exist in the Americas.