Architects are artists, just the same as painters and sculptors. Although instead of their art being featured in museums, it is out in the open for anyone who passes by to see.
While some buildings can be rather plain, others can be wondrous, or even strange. As famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright notes, “We no longer live in simple terms or places.” We may never know what makes architects design their weird buildings the way they do, just as we may never know what the true meaning behind certain paintings is.
But, we are always welcome to admire these crazy structures – and these 10 buildings deserve to be admired.
10. Hallgrimur’s Church (Hallgrímskirkja), Reykjavik, Iceland
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There are a lot of famous churches all around the world. Many of them have very memorable structures and designs. But none seem to be as unmistakable as Hallgrimur’s Church in Iceland. The main spire height reaches 73 metres, or 244 feet, making it one of the tallest buildings in Iceland. It also took 38 years to build! The architect designed this church to resemble the basalt lava flows of the landscape. Inside the spire is an elevator that reaches an observatory deck all the way at the top.
9. The Crooked House (Krzywy Domek), Sopot, Poland
Most shopping centers are, what you could call, fairly average. But one shopping plaza in Poland is anything but. It is called The Crooked House, and with good reason. The outside looks like the building is warping. The architects were inspired fairytale drawings, which after seeing the building, comes as no surprise. It was built in 2004, and is part of the Rezydent shopping center.
8. Kansas City Library, Missouri, United States
Modern public libraries have been around since the 1800s. Although their popularity has been on the decline with the advent of the internet, libraries are finding ways to get creative. The Kansas City Public Library not only houses books on the inside, but also has books on the outside! The exterior of the building shows the spines of 22 different books, each 25ft by 9ft. All of the titles were suggested by the community, which makes this building even more impressive.
7. Atomium, Brussels, Belgium
The World Fair always brings about incredible structures and designs. The 1958 World Fair in Brussels was no different. Architects designed and built Atomium, which forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal, magnified 165 billion times. The whole structure stands 102 metres tall, or 335 feet, tall. There are nine spheres, and the one on the very top provides a panoramic view of Brussels.
6. Forest Spiral (Waldspirale), Darmstadt, Germany
It is not very often that designers of apartment buildings get very creative. Most apartment complexes look fairly similar. But the Waldspirale, or Forest Spiral in English, is the exact opposite. The building is designed in a spiral-esque shape, and each section of roof is a green roof. The building houses 105 apartments, plus a café and bar on the top floor. Not to mention, there are over 1000 unique windows on this colorful building. What a place to live!