These Unique Buildings Are Delightful Feats Of Architecture

Added by Nicola Porrill on Apr 1, 2016

I'm sure you'll agree that architecture is a real art form. This is art that you can interact with; you can walk up to it, touch it and even venture inside it! It's impossible to even imagine doing anything similar with any other type of art.

What's even better is that these days you don't even have to be in the big cities to see the most amazing and spectacular feats of architecture. More and more frequently designers and builders are heading out further and wider, to take awe-inspiring buildings to every corner of the globe – as you're about to find out.

These aren't just some of the biggest, most important, most famous buildings in the world. Here you'll discover some of the smaller, lesser-known dwellings which have still received a huge amount of care and attention.

Prepare to be blown away, as some of the buildings seem to defy the laws of both convention and physics!

20 Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Image By Rodrigo Soldon

With its round, saucer-like shape and space-age style, the Niterói Museum of Contemporary Art has often been likened to a UFO, especially as it's perched on the top of a steep cliff. Unsurprisingly, it's an art gallery, but this is one art gallery where you can see the creative juices flowing before you even set foot inside the door. However, this amazing building goes one step further. Its large, curved walls offer spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area, which leads the visitors to turn their attention outside and to start thinking of nature itself as artistic. The fact that this building can turn so many perceptions upside down makes it all the more impressive!

19 Bodegas Ysios (Alava, Spain)

Although it might look like some cutting-edge design factory or art gallery, this magnificent building is, in fact, a winery. The roof is curved with undulating wave-like shapes, which allow it to blend in with the surrounding countryside much more than if it was just a concrete block. In my opinion, the mixture of delicious wine and fabulous architecture is one of the most appealing combinations ever!

Learn more about this unique building here.

18 Azadi Tower (Tehran, Iran)

Image By Christiaan Triebert

Literally translated, 'Azadi Tower' means 'Freedom Tower'; its formidable structure certainly does give the impression that anything is possible. It was built over 40 years ago as a celebration of the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire; its magnificent design is a fitting tribute to the magnificence of the Persian Empire. This building might be impressive from the outside, but it also holds a lesser-known secret. At its base there is an entrance to an underground museum containing all sorts of expensive artefacts. Somehow that makes it seem even more mysterious and exotic than before!

17 Turning Torso (Malmö, Sweden)

Image By Knuckles

At 190 meters (623 feet) tall, the Turning Torso is the tallest building in Scandinavia. Its design was based on a sculpture made by the architect himself, which was of – you guessed it – a twisting human torso. This building contains hundreds of apartments, as well as many of the other facilities that you might find in a large apartment block, such as a gym. I imagine living in an apartment block like this would be pretty cool; at the very least, it'd make for an interesting talking point during dinner parties!

16 The Blur Building (Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland)

Photo credit: Diller & Scofidio via arcspace

The Blur Building is unlike any other building in the world. For starters, it is built on a lake; a fine mist of water from the lake is sprayed around the building, obscuring it from sight completely. Furthermore, it's not like other buildings in the traditional sense, in that it doesn't contain offices, apartments, an art gallery, or anything similar.

This building is an experience – it's as simple as that. To enter, visitors must wear a special coat which records data and sends it back for computer analysis. These coats can track everything from the wearer's location to the wearer's attraction to other visitors, making it an entirely interactive experience. Without a doubt, being able to walk around what is essentially a large cloud filled with top-of-the-range technology makes this one of the most unique buildings in the world!

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