We've seen furniture that plays tricks on our eyes before. But as for an entire house that looks digitally distorted? Well, there's always a first time for everything. When we came across the 'Crooked House' in Sopot, Poland, which was designed as an homage to children's book illustrator Jan Marcin Szancer's works, we did a double-take. And, no, it's not your contact lenses that make it appear blurry.
Found on the town's popular Monciak Street, the "Crooked House" attracts tourists from all over. We learned from the wacky structure's official website that architects Szotyńscy & Zaleski designed and built it in 2004. Now, the 43,000-square-foot building is home to the Rezydent shopping center, and it (proudly) joins the ranks of the world's strangest buildings.
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Though our eyes start to hurt after looking at it for a while, we certainly appreciate its originality. Be sure to watch the accompanying video for more information. And if this piqued your interest in unusual architecture, you'll definitely want to check out our slideshow below.
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Atop a miniature mountain somewhere between Los Angeles and Las Vegas sits a dome-roofed structure (ahem, UFO) that overlooks the desert. Dubbed the Volcano House, the private residence designed by Deasy/Penner & Partners is on our list because it's one of the most extraterrestrial-looking of our world's architectural wonders.
In Mornington Peninsula, Australia you'll find an out-of-this-world home called the Dome House, designed by McBride Charles Ryan. With its clean, sharp aesthetic and its unusual framework, the house is reminiscent of the futuristic spaceships we often associate with advanced technological crafts. Check out the firm's website for more information about the Dome.
Since the Futuro house gained popularity, the model that Matti Suuronen created has served as a template for other replicas in different parts of the world. This particular Futuro home (which can be found in Chattanooga, Tennessee) features its own retractable staircase. Be sure to head over to This Old House for more information.
In Woodruff, Wisconsin you can have your very own Futuro House experience by renting it out for a minimum of 3 nights. This one-bedroom, one-bathroom pod isn't a permanent home, but it certainly helps us imagine what living in a spacecraft would be like (for at least a short while). Check out flipkey for more information about the alien campsite.
Here's a house that plays with the Futuro idea by telling a story. In Pensacola Beach, Florida, this UFO seems as though it landed and took up permanent residency on the single-story's rooftop. Roadside America has more information about this quirky spaceship.
In Taipei, Taiwan, a congregation of UFO pods have given the district they reside in the nickname "Sanzhi Pod City". A shoot off of the Futuro houses, these homes were originally intended to be vacation getaways. Now, the largely unoccupied properties are part of an eery landscape that strangely resembles an alien colony.
And of course, we would never leave out Naomi Campbell's spaceship house designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Towering 65 feet above ground, Campbell's home is hands down one of the most marvelous UFO homes we've seen to date.
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