More Extreme Architecture from Around the Globe

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Last month, I wrote a blog about some crazy, awesome architecture from around the world. It was so popular and I got so many emails about it, I’ve decided to run another!

Here are some more amazing buildings from around the world:

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Haewoojae (Toilet House) – Suwant, South Korea.

The late mayor of Suwon, South Korea, Sim Jae-Duck, built this toilet-shaped, two-story home to mark the 2007 inaugural meeting of the World Toilet Association. It is now a toilet museum. The 4,520-square-foot steel, concrete, and glass structure features a showcase, glass-walled bathroom at it’s center. Those concerned with privacy can turn the walls opaque at the touch of a button. The home also features a roof-top balcony that’s accessible by a “toilet drain” staircase and equipped with rainwater harvesting technology.

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Central Library Parking Garage of the Kansas City Public Library – Kansas City, Missouri.

The Central Library Parking Garage – known as the “Community Bookshelf” – is a striking feature of Kansas City’s downtown. The book spines, which measure approximately 25 feet by 9 feet, are made of signboard mylar. The shelf showcases 22 titles reflecting a wide variety of reading interests as suggested by Kansas City readers and then selected by The Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees.

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Wat Samphran Temple – Khlong Mai, Thailand.

This 17-story tower is a unique temple off the beaten tourist path. A giant dragon spirals around the top, and its grounds include many sculptures of other beasts and a large building shaped like a tortoise. Visitors have commented that there are several hidden treasures upstairs and downstairs within the temple, so explore, explore, explore.

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Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8 Ost – Bremerhaven, Germany.

This science center shaped like a boat includes a simulation of traveling around the globe along the meridian 8˚ 34’ east longitude and allows you to experience all of the different climate zones. It attracts more than 600,000 visitors each year.

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Headquarters of the Longaberger Company – Newark, Ohio.

The largest maple wooden basket in the world is 160 times larger than the Medium Market Basket, the company’s number one model. It also provides space for 500 employees.

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The Upside-Down White House – Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

While there are other upside-down White Houses located in Florida and Tennesee, Wisconsin’s – called Top Secret, Inc. – is twice as big and includes replica furniture and people on the ceilings. It also includes a large monster named Rocky made of moon rocks and a random T-rex behind a high voltage fence. Plus, tour guides are encouraged to improvise and make up their own story about why the structure is upside down, which all leads to a confusing experience.

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Experience Music Project (EMP) Museum – Seattle, Washington.

Founded in 200 by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, this 140,000 square foot museum designed by Frank O. Gehry features multiple innovative galleries and exhibits that cover a wide range of pop culture content. It also includes a concert venue and a mammoth indoor HD LED screen.

Which one do you like best? Do you have any extreme buildings you’re particularly fond of? Sound off below!

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One Response to “More Extreme Architecture from Around the Globe”

  1. Tammie Says:

    Funky!

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