World’s Wackiest Buildings


Nautilus House, Mexico City, Mexico. Arquitectonica Organica, 2006. The inside is just as extraordinary; to see it, go here.

WHEN IT COMES TO ARCHITECTURE, give me crazy over boring any day. Along comes an e-mail — OK, a forward, and I apologize if you’ve seen it before — with 35 of the “world’s most unique buildings.” A few are familiar — a Gaudi in Barcelona, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Bilbao, and a couple from expos and World’s Fairs, which one expects to be far-out — but most I’d never seen. All of them are just plain fun to look at.

Here’s a sampling of 10. If you’d like to see the entire group, leave a comment on this post, and I’ll forward you the e-mail.


Cubic Houses, Rotterdam, Netherlands, Piet Blom, 1984.


Basket Building, Newark, Ohio, 1997.


House Attack, Vienna, Austria. Erwin Wurm, 2006.


Conch Shell house, Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Octavio Ocampo. A vacation rental!


National Theatre, Beijing, China. Paul Andreu, 2004. Stunning, IMO.


Low Impact Woodland Home, Wales. Simon Dale. For a peek at the interior, go here.


Kansas City Library, Kansas City, MO


Stone House, Guimaraes, Portugal. Built between two existing boulders.


Crooked House, Sopot, Poland. Szotyńscy & Zaleski, 2004.