These Unique Buildings Are Delightful Feats Of Architecture
5 Church of Hallgrimur (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Picture credit: 'Europe 2013 (139 of 146)' by Ben Kucinski via Flickr
The church of Hallgrimur is an Icelandic church which has become one of the most amazing buildings on the planet. It when you stand looking directly at the front of the tower that its true magnificence really becomes clear. The tower sweeps down on each side in a wide curve, giving it a truly striking silhouette which is meant to emulate the shape of a basalt column. Aside from being a very impressive feature, this is also the tallest building in Iceland. Luckily, they've built an elevator up the tower which can take you right to the top, offering breath-taking views of what is a wonderful country!
4 Montaña Mágica Lodge (Huilo-Huilo, Chile)
Picture credit: 'Montaña Mágica Lodge | Huilo Huilo' by Ben Bowes via Flickr
Nestled deep in the South American rainforest is this hotel which looks like something straight out of a fairytale. The hotel is actually built within a manmade hill which spouts water from the top, much like a cross between a waterfall and a volcano. The windows look like Hobbit holes built into the landscape, giving this building the feel of really being lost in nature. Visiting this place must be like the ultimate escape from reality. Who's in?
3 Krzywy Domek (Sopot, Poland)
Picture credit: "Krzywy Domek w Sopocie".
No, you're not looking into one of those curvy mirrors at a funfair – this building really is shaped as if it's being squeezed in the middle. The inspiration for its design actually came from the illustrations of artist Jan Szancer, which explains its quirky shape and rather cartoon-like design. It might look pretty awesome, but the best aspect of this building is that it's part of a shopping center. Where better place is there for a bit of retail therapy than somewhere that looks like something pulled straight from the pages of a comic book?
2 Cathedral of Brasilia (Brasilia, Brazil)
Picture credit: "Catedral metropol" by Bgabel at wikivoyage shared.
Is it just me, or does the Cathedral of Brasilia look like a rather impressive crown perched in the center of an open square? Whether it does or not, this building is actually designed to appear as though it's opening up to the heavens. The curved, white spikes which make up the structure are interspersed with enormous fiberglass panels, which let natural daylight flood in. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, this has got to be one of the most amazing, striking buildings that you'll find anywhere in the world.
1 Nautilus House (Mexico)
This truly awesome house is built in the shape of a seashell, curving in a gentle spiral shape. It as built for a family with two children who had become bored of living in conventional housing; they wanted to move into something that was more in-keeping with nature. So it was that Nautilus House was born!
Even from the inside it doesn't look like a conventional house. Instead, its flow and smooth curves do genuinely make it feel like walking around inside a giant shell. That may be true, but it's from the outside that this house really comes into its own. An entire wall is made up of bright, multi-coloured glass in a mosaic, patchwork-style design, sending bursts of color shooting in every direction. Living here must be like living inside a kaleidoscope!
Every time I see a picture of this house it brightens up my day and acts as a real mood booster, so it must be a million times better in real life. That's why this has got to be the most amazing building in the world!