There are 1127 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.


New York, New York

33 Thomas Street

An uber-secure, windowless skyscraper of doom located in the center of Manhattan
01 Sep 2015
Saint Gallen, Switzerland

Abbey Library of Saint Gall

This is not only one of the oldest collections in Europe, but also possibly the most beautiful
28 Aug 2015
Whitehorse, Canada

Log Skyscrapers of Whitehorse

When the big city meets the edge of the frontier, log skyscrapers are born
19 Aug 2015
Toronto, Canada

Toronto's Half House

Willy Wonka would love this weird half-a-home
18 Aug 2015
Golden, United States

Sculptured House

This iconic science fiction house still looks like something from the future even if it hasn't been in movies since the 70s
17 Aug 2015
Conwy, Wales

Quay House, The Smallest House in Great Britain

A former fisherman's hut deemed too small for habitation is now a delightful tourist draw
12 Aug 2015
Cincinnati, Ohio

The Cincinnati Mushroom House

What is it about mushrooms that makes people wish they lived inside of them?
12 Aug 2015
Zillah, Washington

Teapot Dome Service Station

Perhaps the world's only gas station inspired by a political scandal
10 Aug 2015
Los Angeles, California

Egasse-Braasch House

The house where Good Will Hunting was written is a surreal fairytale abode
07 Aug 2015
Gaines Township, Michigan

Steelcase Pyramid

This lonely modern pyramid has gone from corporate think tank to deserted boondoggle
06 Aug 2015
Magelang, Indonesia

Gereja Ayam, the Abandoned Chicken Church

This massive abandoned chapel in the middle of the Indonesian forest is both haunting and fowl
31 Jul 2015
Alexandria Bay, New York

Just Room Enough Island

This tiny little island has, as the name says, just enough room for its single house
28 Jul 2015
Leiden, Netherlands

Gebouw Leidsch Dagblad Elephant Drainpipe

This historic Dutch newspaper building is covered with media-themed details—and one unrelated oddity.
27 Jul 2015
Hidd, Bahrain

Arad Fort

This beautifully historic Bahrain fortress might not be the most popular attraction around, but that might make it all the better
22 Jul 2015
Canterbury, Kent

Crooked House

This skewed English house has looked like its going to fall over for centuries
21 Jul 2015
Manningtree, England

A House for Essex

This surreal art house looks like a geometric nightmare version of a small chapel
20 Jul 2015
Santa Fe, New Mexico

De Vargas Street House

This southwest-styled home in Santa Fe claims to be the oldest house in America thanks to an ancient bit of foundation
17 Jul 2015
Hartford, Connecticut

A. Everett Austin Facade House

This stunning Connecticut mansion is actually just a one-room-deep hoax
16 Jul 2015
Congleton, England

Little Moreton Hall

This askew 16th-century Tudor manor still stands despite almost nothing but leaning angles and sagging supports
07 Jul 2015
Limburg, Belgium

Reading Between The Lines

Part modern art project, part traditional chapel, this see-through church is only substantial from the right angle
06 Jul 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
06 Jul 2015
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
Wasilla, Alaska

Dr. Seuss House

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

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