There are 1107 items filed under architectural oddities.

Possibly our broadest category, it includes among other things: Eccentric and unusual homes, mazes, bizarre ruins, amazing outsider architecture and other strange buildings built by non-architects, the architectural follies of Princes and millionaires, gorgeous and unusual libraries, building and bridges grown from living trees, secret passageways, secret lairs, caves, caverns and buried treasure hordes. Basically any building, structure, house, church, tunnel, that stops you in your tracks because it is unusual looking, has a bizarre back story, or curious method of creation belongs in architectural oddities. From ancient and mysterious ruins in South America to a Buddhist temple made of beer bottles, to a beautiful solar tower in Spain they all fall under the category of architectural oddities.


São Sebastião, Brazil

Viaduct Petrobras

An abandoned stretch of elevated road in the middle of the Brazilian jungle
29 Jun 2015
Plano, Illinois

The Farnsworth House

Tour the luxe "glass cage" that inspired and unnerved the architecture world upon its debut
11 Jun 2015
New York, New York

The Sugar House Prison Window

An odd, ancient window that may have once been part of a brutal prison is embedded in the side of New York's Police Plaza
28 May 2015
Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Interchange Spiral

Must form and function forever remain at odds? Not if the Florida Department of Transportation has its way.
12 May 2015
Sintra , Portugal

Pena National Palace

This unreal Portuguese palace looks as though it's made from a pile of different castles
29 Apr 2015
Council Bluffs, Iowa

Pottawattamie Squirrel Cage Jail

The world's only three-story rotary jail is now a museum to a bizarre trend in prison design
09 Apr 2015
Willow , Alaska

Dr. Seuss House

This enigmatic, semi-abandoned home/tower looks like something out of a children's book
07 Apr 2015
Neltume , Chile

Montaña Mágica Lodge

This odd Chilean waterfall-cano hotel must be entered via a rope bridge
02 Apr 2015
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

Wedding Palace

If you want to get married in the White Marble City of Ashgabat, you should do it in this surreal disco ball building
02 Apr 2015
Kazan , Russia

Temple of All Religions

This Russian religious complex is a Frankenstein's chapel that includes influence from almost all the major faiths
27 Mar 2015
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

One of Frank Lloyd Wright's final works was this UFO church
26 Mar 2015
Kerch, Ukraine

Tsarsky Kurgan

This ancient burial mound is accessed by an impressive Greek-built archway
26 Mar 2015
Marseille, France

Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations

This modern museum of Mediterranean culture is surrounded by a surreal concrete honeycomb
24 Mar 2015
Sant'Agata de' Goti, Italy

Sant'Agata de' Goti

This medieval Italian town is a sheer (and beautiful) cliffside defense
23 Mar 2015
Malvern, Pennsylvania

Wharton Esherick Museum

The home and studio of a visionary woodworker now stands as a museum and example of his artistic genius
16 Mar 2015
Veneto, Italy

Santuario Madonna della Corona

This centuries-old Italian chapel hangs midway down a sheer cliffside
13 Mar 2015
Redding, California

Sundial Bridge

This ultra-modern California span is actually a titanic solar clock in disguise
12 Mar 2015
Madrid, Spain

Palacio de Cristal

Madrid's romantically ornate crystal palace has been offering shelter to plants and art for over a century
05 Mar 2015
Genga , Italy

Temple of Valadier

This domed temple was built in a hidden cave mouth as a refuge for sinners seeking absolution
03 Mar 2015
Madison, Wisconsin

Lamp House

Hidden away in the city of Madison, Wisconsin is a nearly forgotten home that Frank Lloyd Wright built for a childhood friend
02 Mar 2015
Guise, France

Familistère de Guise

This "social palace" housing complex created a relatively stable and self-contained worker's society... for a time
24 Feb 2015
Baltimore, Maryland

George Peabody Library

It's not hard to see why this historic Johns Hopkins library has been described as a "cathedral of books"
23 Feb 2015
Gays, Illinois

Two-Story Outhouse

This historic lavatory leftover features two levels of defecation stations completely without context
18 Feb 2015
Elsah , Illinois

The Mistake House

First known as the "Sample House," this construction mash-up was meant to be a living catalogue of building styles
16 Feb 2015
La Romana, Dominican Republic

Altos de Chavon

This replica medieval European village in the Dominican Republic was built by a Hollywood set designer
13 Feb 2015
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

The Doughnut

Britain's answer to the NSA is based out of this deliciously-named circular headquarters
12 Feb 2015
Hiroshima, Japan

Ribbon Chapel

This high design church is made up of two dizzying spirals meant to evoke the weaving together of marriage
06 Feb 2015
Kathmandu, Nepal

Boudhanath Stupa

One of the largest Buddhist stupas in the world keeps an eye out in every direction
03 Feb 2015
Masuleh, Iran

Masuleh

In this tiny Iranian town playing on the roof isn't just encouraged, it's the only place to go
30 Jan 2015

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