1. Kansas City Library (Missouri, USA):
One of the most striking features of the Kansas City Library in Missouri is the “community bookshelf” that runs along the south wall of the parking garage. The book spines measure 25 by 9 feet and reflect a variety of reading interests, all suggested by Kansas City readers. Some of the titles include Romeo and Juliet, The Lord of the Rings, The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, Tao Te Ching, and Fahrenheit 451.
2. Stone House (Casa do Penedo) (GuimarÃ£es, Portugal)
Located in the Fafe Mountains of Portugal, this two-story house is built between 4 large boulders. The property includes many amenities, including a fireplace and swimming pool.
3. The Crooked House (Krzywy Domek) (Sopot, Poland)
Its Polish name meaning “crooked little house” in English, this irregularly shaped building is part of the Rezydent shopping center. It was designed by Szotynscy and Zaleski, who were inspired by fairy tale drawings – can’t you tell?
4. Waldspirale (Darmstadt, Germany)
The name of this residential complex translates to “forest spiral” in English, reflecting the general plan of the building and its green roof. On the outside, some of its most notable features are the tower that resembles Russian onion domes, an absence of straight lines and sharp colors, and the multicolored painting of the building.
5. Lotus Temple (Delhi, India)
The Lotus Temple is a Baha’i House of Worship in India. Its renowned flower-like shape has won it numerous architectural rewards.
6. Low Impact Woodland House (Wales, UK)
This house was built by a man for his family and completely constructed by him, his father in law, passer byers, and visiting friends. It was dug into a hillside for low visual impact and shelter, and straw bales were used in the floor, walls, and roof for instillation. The fridge is kept cool by air coming underground through foundations, and solar panels were installed for music, lighting, and computing.
7. Nautilus House (Mexico City, Mexico)
This sea shell shaped house was built by architect Javier Senosiain. It was constructed to be a livable home and features smooth surfaces, spiral staircases, and natural paintings.
8. Rotating Tower (Dynamic Tower) (Dubai, UAE)
While this building technically hasn’t been constructed yet, the plan to create it has been in place for several years. When finished, all 80 floors will rotate independently, spanning 360 degrees every 90 minutes.
9. House Attack (Vienna, Austria)
The Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna has a large collection of 20th and 21st-century modern art, but you hardly need to step inside to see a piece of it. The building’s exterior features a small family home wedged onto its roof.
10. Cubic Houses (Kubus Woningen) (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
The Cubic Houses in Rotterdam were constructed by Piet Blom in the 1970s after he was asked to solve the dilemma of building houses on top of a pedestrian bridge.