There are 1037 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.


Tres Piedras, New Mexico

Earthships

These aggressively sustainable art homes look like something out of 1970's science fiction
01 Oct 2014
Castlerock, Ireland

Mussenden Temple

This Italian-style temple replica has been threatening to fall off the Irish coast for hundreds of years
30 Sep 2014
Tucson, Arizona

Gallery in the Sun

This southwestern historic site was designed and built by an artist who wanted his work to "feel at home"
24 Sep 2014
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

The Lower Swedish Cabin

One of the oldest log cabins in America is one of the last of its kind this historic Swedish dwelling remains a piece of living history
23 Sep 2014
Fars, Iran

Tomb of Cyrus

This ancient burial site is believed to be one of the first earthquake-protected structures in the world
23 Sep 2014
Milan, Italy

The Bronze Ear of Casa Sola-Busca

Before there were doorbells this bronze ear was installed for visitors to announce their arrival
22 Sep 2014
Erfurt, Germany

Krämerbrücke

This historic stone bridge has an entire neighborhood clinging to its sides
08 Sep 2014
Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Thorncrown Chapel

This futuristically sylvan church is a glass enclosed marvel of modern architecture
08 Sep 2014
Naoshima, Japan

Bennesse Art Site Naoshima

A Japanese corporation has turned this small island town into living modern art gallery
29 Aug 2014
New Harmony, Indiana

The Roofless Church

This open air cathedral invites all faiths to worship under the only roof big enough to fit them all: the sky
29 Aug 2014
Tirau, New Zealand

Big Dog and Sheep

These two delightful animal-shaped buildings host a visitor center and wool shop
25 Aug 2014
Karlsruhe, Germany

Kindergarten Wolfartsweier

A kindergarten shaped like a cat with a tail that's a slide
25 Aug 2014
New York, New York

Delmonico's Pompeii Columns

Possible relics of the ancient Roman city are hidden in this restaurant's façade
25 Aug 2014
Pulau Langkawi, Malaysia

Langkawi Sky Bridge

This dangerous-looking suspension bridge may have been too unstable to remain open
22 Aug 2014
Düsseldorf, Germany

Rheinturm

This futuristic German television spire is actually the world's largest digital clock
20 Aug 2014
Bottrop, Germany

Tetrahedron in Bottrop

This massive steel pyramid can be entered by a set of jagged steps that let visitors stand in its heart
19 Aug 2014
Vancouver, Canada

Leg-In-Boot Square

This mundane shopping plaza is named after a gruesome piece of flotsam
15 Aug 2014
Budapest, Hungary

Kelenföld Power Station

A marvel of technology a century ago, this disused power station now offers a lovely glimpse into the industrial design of the past
14 Aug 2014
Gadmen, Switzerland

Trift Bridge

The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Swiss Alps would give Indiana Jones nightmares
14 Aug 2014
Brooklyn, New York

La Salle Hall

Now the site of a high school and an upscale flea market this was almost the site of the largest cathedral in the US
13 Aug 2014
Bailey, Colorado

Coney Island Hot Dog Stand

This hot dog-shaped diner has moved all around Colorado, never been to New York
13 Aug 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
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
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
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