Location: Rotterdam, Netherlands
These bizarre Cubic Houses in the Netherlands definitely fit the “wacky” criteria for this list. They were designed by a Dutch architect by the name of Piet Blom. The houses are contained within large cubes that sit atop a hexagonal pylon, the cubes all connect to each other and are intended to look somewhat like a forest of angular trees. 38 of these sit together and create a village within the city, the houses are based on the concept of living in an urban roof. They are strange and they are intriguing, and I can only imagine that they are a marvel to live in too.
Location: Barcelona, Spain
You may have seen this building before in pictures or perhaps you are lucky enough to have been to Barcelona in Spain and seen it in person, La Pedrera is a famous building, perhaps most notably for being the final private building designed by the great Antoni Gaudi. Construction on this home began in 1906 and finished in 1912 for a wealthy married couple in the city. It is a highly unique building, particularly for its time in which it was considered extremely unconventional, in fact, not a sing straight line is used in the whole place. It should then come as no surprise that La Pedrera is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, should you visit the place you will be have access to the top floor, the attic and the roof too, it’s certainly worth visiting if you appreciate wacky architecture.
Here’s a house that looks as if it belongs in the stone age, the stone house in Portugal is a home that was built between two boulders, they’re now linked together thanks to a concrete mix. It has a front door and windows built in and even has a sloped roof built on top of it as well as a chimney coming out the side of it. Supposedly it was actually the home that inspired the building of Bedrock from the famous Hanna Barbera animated sitcom, The Flintstones. Thousands of tourists from across the globe come and see this wacky home every year and marvel at its peculiarity, it certainly is a house like no other, at least outside of the stone age.
The Crooked House
Location: Sopot, Poland
There is a shopping centre in downtown Sopot, Poland that is like no other, that shopping centre is The Crooked House, or Krzywy Domek in Polish. Inspired by the drawings and illustrations of fairy tale artists Per Dahlberg and Jan Marcin Szancer, Szotynscy & Zaleski designed this fascinating building which was constructed in 2004. It was also designed to keep in style with the surrounding buildings too, the result looks like something straight out of a cartoon. It has since become the most photographed building in the country and is considered an architectural masterpiece.