Amazingly creative buildings around the world
Since time immemorial, we humans have tried to use our scientific and creative thinking to push the barriers of what we can conceive and construct. From the Great Wall of China to the Burj Khalifa, we have challenged our engineering and architectural prowess to build structures that defy imagination. While some of these projects have been built to address broader issues, quite a few were built to showcase our imagination and dexterity.
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us”
– Winston Churchill
Here, we take a look at some of the most creative buildings from across the globe that will truly inspire awe in you.
Crooked House, Poland
This may look straight out of a fairytale but the Crooked House (Krzywy Domek) is indeed a real-life building in Poland. Built in 2004, the architecture is inspired by fairytale illustrations & drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer, a Polish illustrator. It is home to a shopping center.
Kansas City Library, U.S.A
The Community Bookshelf (parking garage) of the Kansas City library is a striking library, built in the shape of book spines. It showcases 22 book titles (voted by members and patrons), including Catch-22, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Lord of the Rings.
Atomium, in Belgium’s capital, Brussels, was built in the layout of atoms in an iron crystal. This 102m tall building is now a museum. It’s 9 stainless steel clad spheres, 18m in diameter, are connected by tubes and enclose stairs, escalators and a central lift.
Capital Gate, Abu Dhabi
Capital Gate is a 35-storey skyscraper in Abu Dhabi. Also known as the Leaning Tower of Abu Dhabi, it inclines 18 degrees to the west, more than 4 times that of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. In 2010, Guinness World Records certified it as the “World’s furthest leaning man-made tower”.
Wonderworks is an entertainment center focused on science exhibits with 5 locations in the United States. The wonderfully creative building shown in the picture is its building in Orlando and in sync with the company’s slogan- “Let Your Imagination Run Wild”!
Piano House, China
Piano House is a piano and violin shaped building built in 2007. It serves as a showroom to exhibit the plans for the newly-created district, Shannan in Huainan City, China. The transparent violin houses the escalators and staircase to the main piano-shaped building. It has been dubbed by locals as “the most romantic building in China”.
Robot Building, Bangkok
Robot Building, located in Bangkok, is United Overseas Bank’s Bangkok headquarters. Completed in 1986, its design was meant to reflect modernization and computerization in banking. Its architect, Sumet Jumsai, found the inspiration for this architecture in his son’s toy robot.
Image by CNN
Banknote Building, Lithuania
The curvaceous, luminous 10-floor Banknote Building in Lithuania is designed in the form of a 1000 litu banknote. Built in 2008, Its exterior consists of 4500 glass pieces with enamel designs that are pieced together like a giant jigsaw puzzle!
Cube Houses, Netherlands
These set of innovative cube houses in Rotterdam and Helmond, Netherlands are based on the concept of “living as an urban roof”. The design represents a village within a city, where each house represents a tree, and all the houses together, a forest. The cubes are tilted by 45 degrees and rest on hexagon-shaped pylons.
Lotus Temple, India
The Lotus Temple, located in New Delhi, India, is a Bahá’í House of Worship. Bahá’í is a monotheistic religion which emphasizes spiritual unity of mankind. Like all Bahá’í Houses of Worship, the Lotus temple is open to all, regardless of religion. Inspired by the lotus flower, it comprises of 27 marble-clad petals arranged in clusters of 3 to form nine sides and is one of the most visited buildings in the world.