There are 1025 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

Delmonico's Pompeii Columns

Possible relics of the ancient Roman city are hidden in this restaurant's façade
25 Aug 2014
Karlsruhe, Germany

Kindergarten Wolfartsweier

A kindergarten shaped like a cat with a tail that's a slide
25 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
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
Gadmen, Switzerland

Trift Bridge

The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the Swiss Alps would give Indiana Jones nightmares
14 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
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
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
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

Wälderhaus

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
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
Kawakawa, New Zealand

Hundertwasser Toilets

Modern art meets modern convenience in possibly the world's most architecturally important public bathroom
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

Wyntoon

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
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