Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
Founded in 1912 the museum has grown into a large institution with
rich galleries and collections. The original building was designed in
Neo-Romanesque style while the wings and other buildings were designed
and constructed later. The building that interests us a crystal-shaped
building that was opened in 2007 and has a main entrance to the museum,
seven galleries and gift shop along with cafe and restaurant. The
structure made of 25 per cent glass and 75 per cent aluminum looks very
modern with its more traditional counterparts. And although it looks
like it’s going to devour the building next to it the Crystal doesn’t
touch the other buildings.
House in Highgate Cemetery, England
Now the house itself doesn’t look bizarre, on the contrary it’s very
modern and all except it’s overlooking a Highgate cemetery. This is an
example of how a location of your house wraps it with an atmosphere. The
house was designed by Eldridge Smerin firm of two architects Nick
Eldridge and Piers Smerin.
Hole House in Texas, USA
“Hole house” or “Tunnel” house was a creation by Houston-based
artists Dan Havel and Dean Ruck who decided to transform a
soon-to-be-demolished house into a work of art. Creating a wormhole that
goes through the house and ends at the backyard the artists achieved
the effect of the house being sucked in by it. Unfortunately the
installation was demolished in 2005.
Friendly Alien, Austria
Graz Art Museum or “Friendly Alien” was built in 2003 to honor
European Capital of Culture celebrations. The creators Peter Cook and
Colin Fournier have called the building “Friendly Alien” for an obvious
reason. It’s form and materials are very different from it’s
baroque-looking surroundings as well as it’s much different from
“traditional” modern architecture, which often work in the concept of
the so-called “White Cube”.
Gangster House, Russia
The tallest wooden house in Russia was built in 1995 by a millionaire
Nikolai Sutiagin. This 12-story building was 38 meters high and had a
separate 3-story bathhouse. There was a billiard room, dance room, and a
number of lounges. When Sutiagin was asked why he has to build this
“castle” he said he wanted to see the sea. One could really see the line
of the White Sea that locates 40 km from Archangelsk, where the house
was built. In 2008 the house was demolished by decision of the local
court. The building was constructed without any engineering calculations
since Sutiagin was he’s own designer and constructor.
Hang Nga Guest House (Crazy House), Vietnam
Hang Nga Guest House was designed by Vietnamese architect Dang Viet
Nga inspired by legendary architect Antoni Gaudí whose unconventional
approach to architecture has given the world many beautiful strange
buildings. The Hang Nga Guesthouse design incorporates curves,
unconventional shapes and forms and angles. The building was also
inspired by the organic surroundings so it also reminds a tree.
Wonderworks is an attraction of science exhibits that cover math,
physics, space and other. The educational programs and exhibitions are
presented in a recreational way. The Wonderworks sites are located in
several different places and each feature various courses and
entertaining things like laser tag.
Stone House, Portugal
This amazing building Stone House was built in Fafe mountains in
Portugal. Two stones connected together have made a strange but
Errante Guest House, Chile
There’s not much info about this bizarre Errante Guest House built in Chile but it looks absolutely amazing and unusual.
Torre Galatea, Spain
Torre Galatea is the Dali Theater and Museum named in honor of his
wife and muse Gala. The original building housed a theater in hometown
of Salvatore Dalí and it was one of the first places where Dali’s art
was exhibited. The theater was ruined during Spanish Civil War and
stayed in ruins until it was rebuilt into museum.