50 Strange and (Sometimes) Strangely Beautiful Buildings

Some architects should be celebrated. Some should be tested for drugs. Either way, the creators of these buildings never bore us. In fact, avoiding boredom may just be what inspired them to begin with. Enjoy! (Or chuckle, whatever.)

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“A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.”
~Frank Lloyd Wright

“Bad architecture is in the end as much a failure of psychology as of design. It is an example expressed through materials of the same tendencies which in other domains will lead us to marry the wrong people, choose inappropriate jobs and book unsuccessful holidays.”
~Alain de Botton

“Chicago has so much excellent architecture that they feel obliged to tear some of it down now and then and erect terrible buildings just to help us all appreciate the good stuff.”
~Audrey Niffenegger

“Hot-dog stands in the shape of hot dogs, ice-cream stands in the shape of ice-cream cones. There are obvious examples of virtual sameness trying, by dint of exhibitionism, to appear unique.”
~Jane Jacobs

“Just as language limits what can be said, architecture limits where one can walk, but the walker invents other ways to go.”
~Rebecca Solnit

“Marble, I perceive, covers a multitude of sins.”
~Aldous Huxley

“Acquaintance with grief turns out to be one of the more unusual prerequisites of architectural appreciation. We might, quite aside from all other requirements, need to be a little sad before buildings can properly touch us. ”
~Alain de Botton

“Nothing holds sadness quite as well as concrete.”
~Lynn Buckle

“Architecture appears for the first time when the sunlight hits a wall.
The sunlight did not know what it was before it hit a wall.”
~Louis Kahn

“A real building is one on which the eye can light and stay lit.”
~Ezra Pound

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50 Responses to 50 Strange and (Sometimes) Strangely Beautiful Buildings

  1. Imagine having to deliver a parcel!

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  2. K.L. Hale says:

    Love the interesting quotes with this post, Mitch. “I’m a little teacup…” became very large! The sharknado? We have an upside down building in Branson and Ripley’s Believe it or Not building seems as though it will fall in our tourist town. The one off-set window seems like a legit mistake, HA! I can appreciate the uniqueness and beauty found in these dwellings! Have a blessed Friday and weekend!

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  3. Some of these are amazing, some I would hate to have to see on any sort of regular basis.

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  4. Alan Kearns says:

    Some are amazingly imaginative…others just upset my OCD!😉

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  5. The Gherkin? No! What is happening to London?

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  6. Rocky says:

    Those are some amazing buildings! The wife and I stayed in the Dog Bark Inn B&B. Great place.

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  7. GolNaran says:

    Wonderful collection,
    Thank you!

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  8. pkadams says:

    Too crazy! I’m watching Westword season 3 and it has some amazing buildings.

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  9. I don’t know that I would want to live in all of these unusual spaces, but I love looking at unusual architecture. I guess I don’t like boredom either. 😛 🙂

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  11. Some of these seem to be a case of “just because you CAN, doesn’t mean your SHOULD.”

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  12. Wow! So flabagasting

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  13. I want the upside-down house.

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  14. All are interesting; many are hilarious; some are beautiful.

    The [‘Hug Me!’ office buildings] get a laugh w/o wasting space and w/o compromising livability or maintainability.  So they have a special charm for this old engineer.

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  15. haoyando says:

    Great quotes and love architecture and lights and poetry.

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  16. Tim Harlow says:

    These are amazing and amusing. Thanks!

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  17. Michele Lee says:

    Incredible feats of imagination and skill!

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  18. Oh my goodness! These are absolutely stunning! I don’t even know which one I like the most, because there’s something about each of them that just captures me! Thank you for sharing them! 🙂

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  20. Ann Coleman says:

    There’s a house near us that has an extension built off of it designed to look as if it’s leaning. I’m not sure how much extra they paid to have that built, but it does generate a lot of attention. Still, it doesn’t hold a candle to the structures in your pics!

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  22. Jeff Rab says:

    Last month we were in your neck of the woods and traveling through Cincinnati and Columbus. Somewhere close to Columbus off the highway was a building that looked like a basket. It was a basket factory. Snapped a few bad pictures while skirting by but still regret stopping for a moment!

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  23. You are so good at these gathering up of awesomeness!

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  25. Huh, those are some interesting designs no doubt. For some I even thought a warp filter was applied to them.

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  26. I love! I always look for this kind of lifeful pics. 🤍

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  27. Bob Rogers says:

    The last two, which are familiar, suddenly caused me to realize that they are also weird, but I’m just used to them. So it made me reflect, is it weird only because I’m not accustomed to it? Naw, some of these will always be bizarre!

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  28. These pics are amazing! What is up with the spiral staircase to nowhere?! Ha.

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  29. Some of these are a little cringing, but the others are beautiful. I have to say the building with the giraffe is my fave.

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