There are 1077 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.


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
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
Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Icehotel

The world's first ice hotel is still one of the most elaborate and beautiful
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
Aarhus, Denmark

Your Rainbow Panorama

This colorful artistic feature atop a Danish art gallery allows visitors to stroll through a rainbow
30 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
Giethoorn, Netherlands

De Wieden National Park Observation Tower

Repurposed space and ultra-modern construction collide to create this geometric wooden spectacle
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
North Pole, Alaska

Santa Claus House

Trading post in North Pole where children send letters
25 Dec 2014
Cleveland, Ohio

A Christmas Story House and Museum

The home made famous by the 1983 holiday classic is now a perfectly preserved shrine to the movie
24 Dec 2014
Figueres, Spain

Dalí Theatre and Museum

Giant eggs, walls of bread, and nightmare surreality mark the largest collection of works by Salvador Dalí
23 Dec 2014
Manchester, United Kingdom

Victoria Baths

These lovely Turkish-styled baths were brought back to life after winning a reality show competition
17 Dec 2014
Suffolk , United Kingdom

The Nutshell Pub

The smallest pub in Britain was once a cabinet of curiosities and it still has the dead cat to prove it
12 Dec 2014
New York, New York

The Weathermen Townhouse Explosion

A strangely angled West Village home is the only monument to an explosion that took the lives of three American revolutionaries
09 Dec 2014
Kraków, Poland

Kościuszko Mound

This man-made mound monument was built out of soil from all across the Polish empire
08 Dec 2014
Tucson , Arizona

Diamondback Bridge

In Tucson a giant metal snake helps pedestrians cross a busy highway
08 Dec 2014
Crawfordsville, Indiana

Rotary Jail Museum

The first spinning jail built in the United States is the only one that still turns
05 Dec 2014
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