Strange building design: Six spectacular buildings that defy common thinking

Krzywk Domek (Polish for crooked little house)

Strange building design abounds. Some of these buildings are functional, some are artistic, and astounding. While there’s no shortage of unique buildings that could be on this list, here are six of our favourites that were just too amazing to ignore. 1 – Krzywy Domen Located in Sopot, Poland, Krzywk Domek (Polish for crooked little house) is designed by Szotyńscy & Zaleski. Built in 2004, the building is inspired by the Polish fairytale illustrations of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. The 43,000-square-foot building is part of a shopping center. Defined by warped walls and roofing, the building also features glass designed to mimic the reflection of a funhouse mirror. 2 – Kansas City Library A giant bookshelf beautifies the façade of the parking garage of the Kansas City Library. Collectively named the Community Bookshelf, each of the 22 book titles is 25 feet high and nine feet wide. Members of the community voted on the displayed titles, representing an array of well-known literary works. 3 – Kunsthous Graz Coined the “friendly alien” by architect Colin Fournier, who designed the building along with Sir Peter Cook, Kunsthous Graz was built as part of the European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2003. Functioning as an art museum, the building is an example of blobitecture, or blob architecture, where buildings have an amoeba-shaped form. Per Designing Buildings, “The [building’s] skin generates energy through the use of integrated photovoltaic panels as a result of which, its environmental impact is very low. The skin also forms a ‘BIX Façade’ screen, capable of displaying interactive media using the 900 computer-controlled fluorescent lamps fitted beneath the surface.” 4. – Longaberger Headquarters Located in Nwark, Ohio, and currently for sale, the Longaberger Company’s basket-shaped building was designed by NBBJ and Korda Nemeth Engineering. The now-defunct parent company’s building is designed to replicate handcrafted maple wood baskets that the company once produced. The building is 180,000 square feet, seven stories and has an atrium topped with a glass ceiling. 5. – Antomium This popular tourist attraction in Belgium was constructed for the 1958 Brussels Word’s Fair and functions as a museum. Per Wikipedia, “Designed by the engineer André Waterkeyn and architects André and Jean Polak, it stands 102 m (335 ft) tall. Its nine 18 m (60 ft) diameter stainless steel clad spheres are connected, so that the whole forms the shape of a unit cell of an iron crystal magnified 165 billion times. Tubes of 3 m (10 ft) diameter connect the spheres along the 12 edges of the cube and all eight vertices to the centre. They enclose stairs, escalators and a lift (in the central, vertical tube) to allow access to the five habitable spheres, […]


Designing buildings with the future in mind

Designing buildings with the future in mind

If it’s excitement, optimism, concern, or tinges of all three, everyone has a worldview of what the future holds. While those working in building design don’t have a crystal ball, there’s a plethora of opportunity for experts in this field to take advantage of innovations and mitigate foreseen humanitarian risks.


Healthcare design: Innovations and trends for a better patient experience

StoTherm ci Mineral

Maggie’s West London, a cancer care center on London’s Fulham Palace Road, features StoTherm ci Mineral.

Healthcare facilities have much to consider from a design perspective, especially when taking into account major issues such as physician engagement and the patient experience. Modern healthcare facility design is pulling away from what was once a sterile-looking environment that can be intimidating to the patient into a more holistic approach designed to enhance the experience for both operators and end users.


What inspires architectural design?

What inspires architectural design?

For the architects who designed these buildings, inspiration can come from many sources. Here are some examples and comments from the pros on what inspires architectural design.