There are 1011 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.

Budapest, Hungary

Vajdahunyad Castle

This Hungarian castle was built out of cardboard and wood until it proved so popular that it got upgraded to stone
29 Jul 2014
Brunswick, Germany

Happy Rizzi House

Bursting forth from a historic German neighborhood, these day-glo palaces are now a bright fixture in the town
29 Jul 2014
Ypsilanti, Michigan

Ypsilanti Water Tower

Lovingly nick-named the "Brick Dick" this municipal tower was winner of the World's Most Phallic Building Contest
25 Jul 2014
Nova Cidade de Kilamba, Angola

Nova Cidade de Kilamba

This sprawling, multi-colored housing development in Angola was funded by Chinese oil and is now almost completely empty
24 Jul 2014
Hamburg, Germany


This wooden hotel is a temple to German sustainability and forest conservation
23 Jul 2014
Belfast, Ireland

Crown Liquor Saloon

This Victorian-era public house has set the standard for pub-style elegance for over a hundred years
18 Jul 2014
Kawakawa, New Zealand

Hundertwasser Toilets

Modern art meets modern convenience in possibly the world's most architecturally important public bathroom
01 Jul 2014
Manhattan, New York

New York's Oldest Phone Number

Need to book a room at the Hotel Pennsylvania? Just dial up 6-5000
01 Jul 2014
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

The Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle

This century-old gargoyle has a mysterious history and may not actually be a rabbit
01 Jul 2014
Brighton, United Kingdom

Brighton Waste House

This concept building is the UK's first attempt at making a permanent structure of nothing but trash
27 Jun 2014
Willemstad, Curacao

Synagogue Mikvé Israel-Emanuel

This centuries old synagogue has a great deal of rich mahogany woodwork yet a floor made of sand
18 Jun 2014
Beit Jann , Israel

Beit Jann

This ancient village is peopled by a religious minority and is still using some of the same materials it was built with thousands of years ago
17 Jun 2014
Siskiyou County, California


This lesser known Hearst estate is a fairytale village built from the stolen bones of historic European buildings
16 Jun 2014
Aarhus, Denmark

Your Rainbow Panorama

This colorful artistic feature atop a Danish art gallery allows visitors to stroll through a rainbow
12 Jun 2014
Lilburn, Georgia

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Atlanta

This intricate Hindu temple is the largest of its kind outside of India itself and was constructed like a giant puzzle
30 May 2014
Travelers Rest, South Carolina

Poinsett Bridge

The oldest bridge in South Carolina may have been designed by the same man who created the Washington Monument
23 May 2014
London, United Kingdom

The First Public Drinking Fountain

Public access to clean drinking water was an instant hit among the masses
21 May 2014
Richmond, Virginia

The Markel Building

Inspired by a foil-wrapped potato, (seriously) the Markel Building has been deemed one of the 10 ugliest buildings in the world
13 May 2014


The innovative Nigerian floating school that may just be a glimpse into the future of design in a world of troubling climate changes
12 May 2014
Los Angeles , California


This ultra-modern home clings to the slope of the Hollywood Hills on a precarious stilt
12 May 2014
Whistler , Canada

The Hemloft

This egg-shaped treehouse was inspired by "sport sleeping" and is currently without a home of its own
09 May 2014
Kanchanaburi, Thailand


From dragonfruit to mangoes to durian this Thailand resort allows guests to stay inside all manner of giant fruit
08 May 2014
Kanyakumari, India

Kanyakumari Gandhi Mandapam

This bright pink Gandhi memorial was built so that sunshine hits a specific spot on his birthday
08 May 2014
Modena, Italy

San Cataldo Cemetery

This ultra-modern burial building would have stacked the dead like a giant filing cabinet
05 May 2014
Jerusalem, Israel

Shrine of the Book

The home of the Dead Sea Scrolls is an abstract modernist dream
05 May 2014
Florence, Italy

Vasari Corridor

This private skyway is filled with art and was expanded explicitly so that Hitler could appreciate a river
28 Apr 2014
Barcelona, Spain

Casa Batlló

One of Antoni Gaudi's most classic buildings is well-known for its "dragon-back" design
28 Apr 2014
Costa De Morte, Spain

The Truffle

This rough experimental house was created by flooding a dirt hill with concrete
18 Apr 2014
Rapid City, South Dakota

Chapel In the Hills

This replica stave church looks like a piece of Norway was simply plopped down in South Dakota
16 Apr 2014