strange and fun structures around the world


Amertec Building

149 W 21st St, Hialeah, Miami, USA

When construction started in 1967, architect Chayo Frank said he was building an “organic entity.' The structure is empty, but the façade remains preserved in Hialeah, a city close to the district of Wynwood, Miami.


Nautilus House

53050 Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico City, Mexico

Dating from 2007, this structure shaped like a shell was designed by Javier Senosiain. Inside, it’s filled with sculptures and stained glass windows. And, yes, people live here — it’s the home of a couple and their two children.



La Paz, Bolivia

Designed by Freddy Mamani, the “Bolivian psychedelic” architect, the structures located in El Alto serve as shops, dance halls, and residences. To get there, you need to catch the cable car and a bus or van.



Piazzale Carlo Magno, 1, Milan, Italy

A convention center with an extraterrestrial touch: its façade looks like the body of a spaceship. Designed by Mario Bellini in 2011, it’s close to the city center and has capacity for up to 18,000 people.



Römerstraße 9, Abensberg, Germany

This 1,000-foot tall tower located in Bavaria is home to a hundred-year-old beer factory, remodeled by Friedensreich Hundertwasser in 2010. These days, they have an observation deck and offer guided tours and tasting sessions.


Catedral de Brasília

Esplanada dos Ministérios, lote 12, Brazil

Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, this is an unconventional church. Surrounding the main structure, concrete columns resemble hands in praying position. Constructed in the 1960s, the church is open to visitation.


Longaberger Building

1500 E Main Street, Newark, USA

A popular stop for travelers, this American building dating from 1997 was inspired by the product sold by its owners: baskets. As the company announced some changes, however, the future of this structure is uncertain.


Montaña Mágica Lodge

Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve, Carretera Internacional CH-2

A volcano-shaped lodge in Chile: located in the middle of a biological reserve in northern Patagonia, this hotel spews water like a waterfall and features a fairy-tale atmosphere.


Ontario College of Art and Design

100 McCaul Street, Canada

The 'table top,' at the Ontario College of Art and Design, was constructed in 2004 and is supported by 12 colorful “legs.” This project stands out for its bold design as well as for being a place where people can interact.


Maison Bernard

2-20 Avenue de la Boussole, Théoule-sur-Mer, France

Designed by architect Antti Lovag in 1989, this house was inspired by bubbles. Its “sibling,” located a few miles away, is known as Palais Bulles (bubble palace) and has been the setting for a Dior fashion show. The Côte d'Azur in the background makes the tour of the structure even more special.