Identifying the 8 strangest architectures ever built is no easy task.
Creating architecture, in fact, means freeing the imagination, and some architects have the gift of not being able to dose their imagination. And so, playing with the limits of reality, unique structures are born.
It would be impossible to collect them all in this space, but we can select some particularly effervescent ones, both from the point of view of design and construction.
The 8 strangest architectures ever built, let’s find out what they are.
First of all, among the 8 strangest architectures ever built, there couldn’t not be works by Canadian architect Frank Gehry. Two in particular, among many, deserve attention:
1. The Marqués de Riscal Hotel in Elciego
It is a hotel building located in Elciego, Spain. Built by the construction company Ferrovial, aesthetically and structurally the hotel was built in the same style and methodology as the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.
2. The Dancing House in Prague
Another work of Frank Gehry, designed in collaboration with Croatian architect Vlado Milunić. Dancing House is the nickname given to the Dutch National Offices building located in the center of Prague.
3. Chapel of Notre-Dame du Haut in Ronchamp
It is a chapel located in Ronchamp, near Belfort in France and built by the architect Le Corbusier. The building, located on top of a mountain, is built in reinforced concrete and consists of a single irregularly shaped nave. The roof of the church is also made of a concrete mold modeled as if it were a large inverted sail.
4. Rhike Park/Musical Theater and Exhibition Hall in Tbilisi
Designed by Italian architect Massimiliano Fuksas, the project site is located within the green area called Rhike Park in Tbilisi, Georgia. The building consists of two different elements of soft shapes that are connected as a single body to the retaining wall.
Each form has its function: the music theater and the exhibition hall.
5. The Rotterdam cube house
Among the strangest architectures, we also find the so-called “pilotis” or “tree houses”. It is a unique architectural project characterized by several buildings in the shape of an inverted cube, which was conceived in the seventies by the Dutch architect Piet Blom.
6. Huainan Piano House
Located in the Shannan district of Huainan City, China, this violin-shaped glass building leaning against a piano was completed in 2007.
Designed by architecture students from Hefei University of Technology, the building is constructed on a scale of 50:1 and serves as an exhibition hall.
The transparent violin is made of transparent glass panels and contains escalators and a staircase to the main piano building that houses two concert halls.
7. The transparent church in Bargloon
A clear example of strange architecture, the church is located in Borgloon, Belgium, “Reading Between The Lines” is an almost transparent steel church designed by Belgian architectural firm Gijs Van Vaerenbergh.
The 10-meter-high structure is made up of 100 equidistant and overlapping layers of steel that form the church with bell tower, and seems to dissolve into the landscape when viewed from certain angles.
8. Kamppi Chapel in Helsinki
Kamppi Chapel is a chapel with an unusual shape, built precisely in the Kamppi district of Helsinki. The architects are K2S Architects, founded in 2001 by Kimmo Lintula, Niko Sirola and Mikko Summanen, who propose an ecumenical chapel.
In fact, it is not a parish church, but a place of silence and peace in the middle of Narinkka Square, one of the most popular places in the Finnish capital.
These are the 8 strangest architectures ever designed. Who knows in a few years how this ranking will be.
And you, which one impressed you the most?