A building can be much more than just a building with a creative mind – it can become a work of art. Here are 10 amazing buildings from around the world that, in some cases, have become cultural landmarks by communities and governments.
Hemisferic – Valencia, Spain
The Hemisferic was built to resemble an eye and is also known as, ‘the eye of knowledge’. It is part of the City of Arts and Scineces complex and is an IMAX theater, planetarium, and laserium.
Turning Torso – Malmo, Sweden
At 623 feet (190 m), Turning Torso is the tallest skyscraper in Sweden. The architect was inspired by a sculpture called Twisting Torsos and so the design incorporated both building and sculpture.
Habitat 67 – Montreal, Canada
Habitat 67 was built for the 1967 World Fair in Montreal, Canada. It’s made up of 345 cubes and contains 148 housing units in it.
Tsui House – California, USA
The Tsui house was inspired by the tardigrade – the world’s most indestructible creature. Built with sustainable materials and ecological sustainability in mind, this single family home is internationally recognized as one of the safest houses in the world.
Amazing Whale Jaw – Hoofddorp, Netherlands
The Amazing Whale Jaw, also known as the Spaarne Hospital Bus Station, was made in a workshop, cut up into sections, and then reassembled and glued together on its current site.
Le Palais Idéal – Hauterives, France
Built by one man over 33 years, Le Palais Idéal was inspired by the shape of a rock. It was completed in 1912 and declared a cultural landmark by the French government in 1967.
Longaberger Building – Ohio, USA
The largest basket in the world is the home of the Longaberger home office. It was modeled after their Medium Market Basket, their best selling basket.
Krzywy Domek – Sopot, Poland
Krzywy Domek’s inspiration came from the fairytale illustrations of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. The building was built in 2004 and looks as if it is melting.
Hang Nga – Dalat, Vietnam
Hang Nga Guesthouse, more commonly known as The Crazy House, was built to resemble a tree. This Daliesque guesthouse was inspired by nature and all of its rooms have nature themes.
Kijk Kubus – Rotterdam, Netherlands
Kijk Kubus is made up of 38 small cubes and two larger cubes. Each house is about 100 square meters but about a fourth of the space is unusable because of how the walls are angled.