Waldspirale Building, Darmstadt, Germany
There is no limit to the imagination of some people, thank heaven, and this singular fact has led to some of the most memorable images we could ever hope to see. Some of these innovative types want to actually live their dreams, so they design buildings that reflect those wishes. Read on for a visual feast of strange and beautiful architectural art.
You have to rub you eyes sometimes, because you cannot believe what you see before you. We all know that artistic license allows for the weirdest sorts of presentations by the artists, but when it comes to architects designing buildings that look completely strange, you can’t help but wonder what they might have been taking at the time. If you thought the one above was odd, take a look at this one, at Sopot in Poland. The construction took from January 2003 until December and the house architecture is based on Jan Marcin Szancer’s and Per Dahlberg’s pictures and paintings; the former being a famous Polish artist and children’s book illustrator and the latter a Swedish painter living in Sopot.
For the one-time gangster who built it, the amazing wooden house pictured next is nothing less than “the eighth wonder of the world”. The less charitably disposed dismiss it as a glorified barn, fire hazard and eyesore, but on one thing everyone agrees: Nikolai Sutyagin’s home is certainly different. Dominating the skyline of Arkhangelsk, a city in Russia’s far north-west, it is believed to be the world’s tallest wooden house, soaring 13 floors to reach 144ft – about half the size of the tower of Big Ben.
Of course, there are those who bring something approaching obsession to their efforts, like the house below, built from over half a million discarded embalming fluid bottles. In 1952, David H. Brown retired from 35 years in the funeral business, thinking that there should be some practical use to put the bottles to. He traveled western Canada collecting bottles from many of his friends in the funeral profession until he had acquired 500,000 of the square-shaped bottles, weighing 250 tons in all. The house itself sits upon solid rock. Built in a cloverleaf pattern with three main rooms, it has a circular shape, measures 48ft in length, 24 ft in width and with the upstairs room, contains 1,200 sq ft of floor space.
Public buildings are just as likely to attract this sort of innovative design, and one excellent example is shown here. This project, located in the heart of Kansas City, represents one of the pioneer projects behind the revitalization of downtown. Citizens were asked to help pick highly influential books that represent their hometown. Those titles were included as “bookbindings” in the innovative design of the parking garage exterior, to inspire people to utilize the downtown Central Library.
Naturally, larger building projects also fall under the spell of the architectural sorcerers at times. The Edifico Mirador apartment block in Spain is another unusual construction. It’s a building developed by Dutch architects MVRDV, reaching 63.4 meters in height with 21 stories. The highlight of this building is the large central hole, which is 36.8 meters above the ground. It’s the large lookout area that provides inhabitants with a community garden and a space from where they can contemplate the skyline. Different colors represent different blocks with its own planning, which offer at least nine different types of apartments.