Weird Architecture: “Buildings” that move beyond Architecture


Today, at the time of “Architecture of the image”, which often aspires to become famous on the web and in magazines, it is not uncommon to come across Weird Architecture – or somewhat eccentric buildings that want to emphasize every particularity to be noticed.

However, this phenomenon has always been present, albeit in different ways and certainly in less “technological” but more expressive ways. So maybe the conquest of the web was not the goal, but surely the wow effect.

The search for uniqueness at all costs, however, often leads to something that is no longer architecture, or rather, is no longer “just” a building. Instead, art and forms of representation combined with the art of building to create weird Architecture.

Below is a series of old and contemporary buildings that represent oddities and unconventional choices that make them unique and distinguishable from all the rest. Obviously, the weight of these examples is not always the same. Some are just reproductions of funny animals, while others, such as MVRDV, are real visions of architects.

Bilby “The Giant Koala” Dadswells Bridge, Victoria, Australia.
Trojan Horse, from the series “Ruins”. Photo by Beth Dow.
The Canadian Pulp and Paper Pavilion at the Expo ‘67, Montreal
Treehouse Cafe in Japan
Den Bosch by architect Dries Kreijkamp, 1985 – Photo by Eric Kieboom
Weird Architecture
Landmarke Lausitzer Seenland, Architektur & Landschaft Stefan Giers, Senftenberg, Germany
Curves in architecture
Sarpi Border Checkpoint, Sarpi, Georgia, Designed by J. Mayer H. Architects

Lollipop house
Lollipop House, Designed by Baumschlager Eberle, Giheung-gu, Republic of Korea, 2012

Inntel hotel
Inntel Hotel, Zaandam, Netherlands, Designed by WAM architecten

Weird buildings
Markthal, MVRDV, Rotterdam

Handbag museum
Simone Handbag Museum, Seoul, South Korea, Designed by Charlie Smith Design

Ark Nova Japan
Project Ark Nova, Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor, Japan

Lego tower
Abondantus Gigantus,, Enschede, Netherlands

Robot Architecture
The Aoyama Technical College, Sei Watanabe, Tokyo

Gaetano Pesce Osaka
Organic Building, Gaetano Pesce, Osaka

Weird Architecture (5)
Urban Interiorities, Tokio, Japan, Designed by Virginia Melnyk and Tiffany Dahlen

Colorful architecture
Colorful Building, Arakawa + Gins, Tokyo

Weird Architecture (9)
The Sharp Centre, Will Alsop, Toronto, Canada

Weird constructions
Chopstick, visiondivision, Indianapolis, IN, United States

Weird Architecture (14)
Nativity of the Giraffe, Hondelatte Laporte Architectes, Boulogne-Billancourt, France

In the cover: Kumutoto Toilets – Wellington, New Zealand – Designed by Studio Pacific Architecture