128 Times Architects Made Buildings That Look Cool But Were Uncomfortable To Live In Or Use (New Pics)

The world has its share of beautiful and ugly buildings. In the middle, there are ordinary and dull ones. And then, in a category entirely of their own, are the truly bizarre ones—the kind you need to see to believe.

When architects have complete freedom in their designs, things can get weird. Just like how we used to create crazy buildings with LEGO bricks as kids, the r/bizarrebuildings subreddit features architects bringing their wildest dreams to life. We’ve chosen some of our new favorite posts from the Reddit community to show you these unique designs and to bring about either light-hearted amusement or strong opinions.

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#1 Furniture Shop In Colombia

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The Reddit group has 158k members who share unique, bizarre, and stunning buildings. Ever thought of living in a crooked house or taking your children to a kindergarten shaped like a cat? Though it might be fascinating until monotony sets in or the discomfort becomes overwhelming.

#2 Beckham Creek Cave Lodge, Arkansas

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#3 East Meets West In A Hybrid Building In An Unfinished Theme Park In Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China

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Architecture is about designing buildings of all sizes and shapes, from small sheds to tall skyscrapers. It’s important to blend form and function, making sure buildings are both attractive and fit their purpose while being safe.

#4 Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center For Brain Health, Las Vegas, Nevada USA

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#5 House On A Leg, Hamburg, Germany

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#6 Happy House By Dan Witz In Brooklyn

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A building’s appearance is shaped by its purpose, architectural style, and available materials and technology. Different types of buildings, like homes, offices, and religious structures, vary in size, shape, and design to fulfill their unique functions.

#7 Brick Expressionism In Frankfurt, Germany

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#8 Residential Neighborhood Near Zurich, Switzerland

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#9 Supertree Grove, Singapore

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Recent times have seen the creation of a diverse range of buildings, spanning from the merely odd to the truly unique. This shift in architectural style is largely attributed to architects’ creative visions, backed by technological advancements. The once-restricting factors of precise measurements have been transformed with innovations like Virtual Reality (VR), which not only visualize complex designs but also streamline construction processes.

#10 Brick Facade For A Bookstore In Korea

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#11 Police Station In Brakel, Belgium, Designed By Org In 2009

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#12 Colin’s Barn, Chedglow, England

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Technology in architecture comes in different forms, and smartphones are a prime example of this evolution. Architects now rely on apps throughout the project, from start to finish, which helps them better serve their clients.

#13 This Building In The Philippines That Looks Like A Ship And Has A Korean Restaurant And A Cafe “Onboard”

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#14 Building Shaped Like A Bulldozer; Turlock, Ca

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#15 Forcing This Road To Surround Their House

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In the United Arab Emirates and China, companies are showing the potential of robotics, collaborative robotics, and large-scale 3D printing in architecture. Autodesk, a software company, is also working on making design-to-fabrication more accessible and enabling the creation of complex structures with less energy.

#16 The Round House Wilton – 1968

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#17 Casa Torta, Brazil

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#18 Beer Museum, Qingdao, China

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Urban design is more than just looks. Studies suggest that growing up in a city doubles the chances of developing schizophrenia and increases the risk of other mental disorders like depression and chronic anxiety. According to the BBC, “The main trigger appears to be what researchers call ‘social stress’ – the lack of social bonding and cohesion in neighborhoods. Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg at the University of Heidelberg has shown that urban living can change brain biology in some people, resulting in reduced gray matter in the right dosolateral prefrontal cortex and the perigenual anterior cingulate cortex, two areas where changes have previously been linked to early-life stressful experiences.”

#19 This Church In Reykjavik

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#20 The Whale Car Wash, Formerly Located At Nw 50th St. & Meridian Ave. In Oklahoma City (Photo By John Margolies, 1979)

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#21 The Steel House, Lubbock, Texas

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Nowadays, psychology studies help us understand the urban places that people enjoy and find exciting. Studies found that the way buildings look and having access to green areas can affect how we feel emotionally. As Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us.”

#22 This Church In Rowayton, Ct

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#23 Hole House Or Villa Vals, Switzerland

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#24 Kring Kumho Culture Complex

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Talking and spending time with others is really important for keeping your mind healthy. Same goes for urban design: “Social interaction is often achieved by concentrating groups of people in a single node or landmark so that it is suggested they interact with each other. Strategies for urban design to accommodate this can include higher density development, so that more people are concentrated in an area,” shares Jonathan Monfries in his research paper ‘The Psychological Effects of Urban Design.’

#25 An Artist’s House In Chicago

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#26 Building Loading… 89%

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#27 L’ile Fllottante (Abidjan, Ivory Coast)

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Making sure someone is physically healthy often helps their mental health too. Having enough public spaces in cities makes it easy for people to find places to be active. A study by Roe (2016) backs this up by showing that having green spaces in cities is good for people with mental health issues like stress, anxiety, and depression. Adding more trees, small parks, and even outdoor exercise equipment, especially in the city center, can really help improve how people feel and act, and make their overall mental wellbeing better.

#28 The Juilliard School For Music In New York City

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#29 Parasitic Architecture By Artist Mark Reigelman And Architect Jenny Chapman, In San Francisco

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#30 Holocaust Memorial In Kaunas

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The way we feel and act each day can be really affected by how we travel around the city. It can shape our mood and how we behave when we go to work and when we come back home. The things around us always have an impact on our thoughts. Making sure a city has good transportation and ways to connect is helpful. This can make traveling to work, especially on public transit, less stressful and make it easier to reach places and services. When transportation works well, it can lower stress and anxiety, which makes living in the city much smoother.

#31 Alpine Refuge From World War I Located At 2760 Meters, Monte Cristallo, Italy

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#32 Mid-Century House Built Over A River In New Canaan, Connecticut

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#33 This Is The Grasshopper Cafe In South Korea Made Out Of Train Cars

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We hope this gave you some food for thought and showed how buildings can connect with human psychology. To see more interesting pictures of unusual buildings, just keep scrolling. And if you’re curious for more, take a look at our earlier post on the topic here.

#34 “Penthouse” – Nairobi, Kenya

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#35 Modern Cabin For Rent In Norway

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#36 Hotel Lisboa, Macao

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#37 Tencent Building, Shenzhen, China

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#38 Dancing House, When I Was In Prague A Few Years Back

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#39 Taipei Performing Arts Center

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#40 Do Bizarre Bridges Count? Linjiang Bridge In Wuhu City, China

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#41 Robert Downey Jr.’s Inflatable Malibu Bungalow

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#42 This House With At Least 5 Different Styles In Kassel, Germany

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#43 Accidental House, By Eric Perriard

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#44 It’s All One House!

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#45 Apartments In Amsterdam

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#46 $ 200 Million Ghost Town Of Castles In Mudurnu, Turkey

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#47 Stunning Abandoned House In Isère, France

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#48 Enough Solar Panels To Power The Town

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#49 Yick Fat Building, Hong Kong, Shot By Me On 35mm Film

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#50 Winning Design For Shenzhen’s Natural History Museum

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#51 12 Ugly Ducks By Victor Enrich

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#52 Changjiang Media Building, Wuhan, China

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#53 Lyon Airport Train Station, Lyon, France

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#54 Science And Technology Museum, Wuhan

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#55 Wencheng Hotel In Yantai City

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#56 Netherlands Beauty

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#57 This Looks Like Candy

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#58 Still Standing In Canterbury, UK

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#59 What If All Buildings Had Heads Outside Of Them?

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#60 Traffic Police Station, Vasylivka, Ukraine. Built In The 1960s

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#61 A Monument In Armenia

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#62 Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Zaandam

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#63 This Building In Atrani, Italy Has Some Of The Weirdest Architecture I’ve Ever Seen

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#64 Seocho Garak Tower East (130 M, 24 Stories), Seoul, South Korea, Completed In 2011

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#65 Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Brazil, Designed By Oscar Niemeyer In 1991

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#66 Japan

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#67 Twisted Chimney – Bute Town, Wales

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#68 Thyssenkrupp Elevators Test Tower In Zhongshan, China

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#69 Transcendence, Keith Jellum (1998). Public Art Installation In Portland, Oregon

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#70 Torres De Colón, In Madrid, Was Built From Top To Bottom

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#71 Telemax Broadcasting Tower, Germany

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#72 We Call It “The Cheese Grater”. It’s A Medical Research Lab

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#73 A Smart Passive House With Green Roof In Moscow, Russia By Snegiri Architects

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#74 Canadian Museum For Human Rights – Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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#75 A 1909 Apartment Building Designed And Built By A Local Brick Mason. Chicago

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#76 Chrysler Pavilion At The New York World’s Fair, 1964

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#77 Conservatory, Montreuil, France

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#78 Grand Lisboa Hotel, China

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#79 Building In Germany, This Is Just A Painting, The Walls Are Straight. Perfect Illusion

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#80 Sanaa, Yemen

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#81 Studio City, Macau

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#82 Kindergarten “Die Katze” In Karlsruhe, Germany, By Artist Tomi Ungerer And Architect Ayla-Suzan Yndel, 2011

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#83 Rotterdam Is Both Beautiful And Bizarre

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#84 Montreal Decorated The Little House That Sits Atop An Abandoned Factory For The Holidays

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#85 Some Apartments In Inwood, Upper Manhattan, NYC

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#86 “Twisted House” In Indianapolis, In

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#87 National Museum Of Qatar

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#88 Tesla Tower Russia

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#89 Casa Beretta, Val D’aosta, Italy, Designed By Mario Galvagni In 1967

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#90 Do You Want Neoclassical Or Modern? – Yes

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#91 Casa Batlló, Barcelona, Spain

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#92 Inhabited Natural Rock Formations In Göreme, Turkey

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#93 Fallen Star

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#94 These Are Real Houses. Located In Encinitas, California

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#95 The Plane Shaped “Coronado Hotel” In Antalya, Turkey

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#96 L’arbre Blanc (The White Tree) Residential Tower, Montpellier, France

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#97 Mogno, Switzerland

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#98 India’s Research Base In Antarctica

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#99 House With Many Windows

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#100 Architecture Of Barcelona

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#101 Ps4 Pro Looks Remarkably Like A Toronto Building. 325 Front St W. Built 1982

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#102 Ow-Energy Organic House Design With Wild Slate Roof In Germany

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#103 There’s A Huge Open Market In The Netherlands With Apartments Inside

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#104 This Building Looks Like It Was Designed In Microsoft Word

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#105 Whale Museum That Looks Like A Whale In Norway

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#106 When Your Neighbor Has An Evil Lair

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#107 Cambodian Homestead

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#108 Industry City Building – Sunset Park, Brooklyn

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#109 Snake Shaped Temple In India Dedicated To Lord Krishna

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#110 An Apartment Building That Popped Up In Krasnodar, Russia

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#111 Aerial Shot Of The City Of Kyoto, Hisa

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#112 Half Of The National Gallery Of Denmark Is Grafted On To The Original 1889 Building. All Of This Is Indoors

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#113 Built In The 18th Century, This Is One Of The Oldest Buildings In Hattfjelldal Municipality In Norland, Norway

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#114 King Alfred’s Tower In England, Built In 1772

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#115 99 Dome Mosque, Makassar

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#116 The Entrance To Frankfurt Subway Station Looks Like A Crash

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#117 Duck House, UK

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#118 Ex-Overpass, Now An Exchange Office

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#119 Druzhba Holiday Center, Yalta, Ukraine

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#120 1.0 (Somewhere In China)

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#121 Luxury Hotel Or Collapsed Pile Of Sheet Metal?

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#122 “Colorful Desert House” (Render) Sonora, Mexico

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#123 I Mean… Good That They Didn’t Cut The Tree?

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#124 Just Why?

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#125 Azadi (Freedom) Tower, Tehran, Iran

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#126 Container House In The Desert

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#127 Im Intimidated

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#128 “Flintstone House,” Declared “Public Nuisance,” Now Allowed To Keep Colorful

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