There are 1089 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.


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
Beit Al Dine, Lebanon

Beit ed-Dine Palace

After this one-of-a-kind palace was built the architect's hands are said to have been cut off to keep it that way
28 Jan 2015
STE-CATHERINE-DE-LA-J-CARTIER, Canada

Hôtel de Glace

Chilly Canadian hotel has a four-month lifespan due to the unusual "materials" it's made of
27 Jan 2015
Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Icehotel

The world's first ice hotel is still one of the most elaborate and beautiful
27 Jan 2015
Fairbanks, Alaska

Aurora Ice Museum

Mind-blowing carvings and fantasy ice scenes grace the largest year-round ice environment in the world
27 Jan 2015
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

The Last Shell Oil Clamshell Station

This bright yellow relic is the final survivor of a short burst of seashell-shaped petrol pumps
23 Jan 2015
Pha Sing, Thailand

Wat Phumin

Riding on a pair of architectural dragons, this Thailand temple holds murals full of lurid imagery
21 Jan 2015
Florence, Italy

The Bull of Santa Maria del Fiore

This strange bovine gargoyle is said to have been put in place as form of passive aggressive revenge
07 Jan 2015
Milton, Delaware

Steampunk Tree House

What began as an art installation is now the private drinkhaüs for a brewery's employees
07 Jan 2015
London, United Kingdom

London Necropolis Railway Station

A closed London rail station created to cart away the dead still bears the marks of attempts to make it less morbid
06 Jan 2015
Yangpyeong, South Korera

Dreamy Camera Cafe

This quirky Korean eatery is built to resemble an equally quirky vintage camera
05 Jan 2015
Salt Lake City, Utah

Gilgal Sculpture Garden

A hidden garden of stones engraved with scriptures, a Joseph Smith Sphynx, and all carved by one man
31 Dec 2014
Giethoorn, Netherlands

De Wieden National Park Observation Tower

Repurposed space and ultra-modern construction collide to create this geometric wooden spectacle
29 Dec 2014
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Thorncrown Chapel

This futuristically sylvan church is a glass enclosed marvel of modern architecture
29 Dec 2014
Modena, Italy

San Cataldo Cemetery

This ultra-modern burial building would have stacked the dead like a giant filing cabinet
29 Dec 2014
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Cathedral of Learning

The largest university building in the West is a gothic masterpiece containing dozens of theme rooms based on different countries
26 Dec 2014
Haerbin, China

Harbin Ice and Snow Festival

One of the world's largest ice festivals dazzles visitors for over a month with radiant sculptures and carvings
25 Dec 2014
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