When architects’ imagination has green light, the results are beyond fascinating. These five edifices are not the only unusual buildings, but they are definitely extremely impressive.
Ideal Palace - Hauterives, France
Over a period of 33 years, the rural postman Ferdinand Cheval - which had no basis in architecture – has been gathering all by himself all the stones needed to create this structure. Incorporating a bizarre conglomerate of architectural styles inspired by Hindu mythology and the Bible, and also from the Algerian and North European patterns, adding Chinese elements on top of all, he managed to eventually finish this great monument just a year before his death in 1924 at age 88 years.
Waldspirale - Darmstadt, Germany
Viennese painter and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser designed this fantastic U-shaped resort, with 12 floors to be inhabited. The man-made structure simulates layers of sedimentary rocks from the mountains. After its completion, the "Spiral Forest" has 105 apartments, 1,000 windows in various forms, a coffee bar, a courtyard with an artificial lake, plus a green roof studded with botanical items, such as trees, grass, shrubs and flowers . Built by the Bauverein Darmstadt Company, currently serves as a block of flats for hundreds of Germans fortunate inhabitants.
Eliphante - Cornville, Arizona
An exercise in imaginative artistic organic architecture, this house was built on an area of 3 acres in the natural landscape of Arizona by Michael Kahn and Leda Livant, his wife. It consists of five separate crafted structures and are linked by their idiosyncratic themes. The main living rooms are housed in Eliphante and connected to a meditation area, an art gallery, a garden with sculptures and a pond. Raw materials were brought from the desert and integrated in the household with stone and glass mosaic, wood, tile, plaster and metal sculptures, yielding a unique house that lives and breathes in communion with nature.
Ice Hotel - Jukkasjärvi, Sweden
With a short life span, Jukkasjärvi Ice Hotel exists only throughout the four months of winter each year. Torne River, located nearby is the source of the tons of ice blocks that form the building. They are taken from the rover and then are used together with more than 30,000 tons of snow to shape the ethereal exterior structure that supports the central rooms and surrealist ice bar. In late spring, what remains is recycled and stored for reuse until next year.
Experience Music Project - Seattle, Washington, USA
Should we consider it an architectural wreck or simply a brilliant collision of the most memorable parts of our world? In fact, this museum designed by Frank Gehry - offering an exploration of the science-fiction culture - is a homage to Gehry tower, Guggenheim Bilbao Museum and the Walt Disney concert hall, among other works created by the designer’s private company. Critics have referred to it as having a somewhat "hemorrhoid" shape and is one of the ugliest buildings around the world. Although the colors and textures are thoroughly conflicting, although this building is obviously suffering from a global crisis of identity, this museum manages to reach to the hearts of those who visit it.
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