by Inigo del Castillo in Architecture on Wednesday 27 November 2013

Once in a while, you’ll come across a strange building in an unfamiliar place and you’ll go ‘Let me take a selfie with this weird building!’ Here are some of those buildings that make that list.

Air Force Academy Chapel
A U.S. National Historical Landmark that looks more like an alien spacecraft than a chapel. The Air Force Academy Chapel has three distinct worship areas: the Protestant Chapel, the Catholic Chapel, and the Jewish Chapel. It also has a Buddhism Chapel, a Falcon Room (for earth-centred spiritualties), and all-faith rooms (for small religious groups).

Atomium
A chemistry ornament that was zapped with an enlarger gun, the Atomium was constructed for the 1958 World’s Fair in Brussels. It stands 102 m tall and has 5 spheres that are utilized for exhibit halls. CNN named it as ‘Europe’s most bizarre building’.

Banknote Building
Money may not grow on trees, but this structure proves it can grow on buildings. Office Center 1000 is an office building in Kaunas, Lithuania sporting the LTL 1000 banknote. The banknote dates back to 1925 and is no used nowadays, so there’s no point stealing an entire building and trying to pawn it.

Basket Building
The Longaberger Company produces handcrafted maple wood baskets and other home and lifestyle products. So the logical thing to do when they were contemplating on a new headquarters was to build a giant basket building. The seven story, 180,000 square feet building was the first of many basket-shaped building. Sadly, the founder’s daughters vetoed the plan, forever denying us of what may have been ‘Picnic Basket Land’.

Erwin Wurm: House Attack
Don’t panic just yet. This house that looks like it’s attacking a boulder-shaped building is actually ‘House Attack’, an art installation on side of the building of MUMOK. It was created by artist Erwin Wurm in 2006.

Kansas City Library
The Kansas City Public Library is like any normal library, except it really wants to emphasize it’s a library just in case you missed it. The book spines measure 25 feet by 9 feet and are composed of 22 titles chosen by Kansas City readers and the Kansas City Public Library Board of Trustees.

Krzywy Domek
The Krzywy Domek, or ‘little crooked house’ in Polish, is a psychedelic-looking house in Poland. Designed by Szotyńscy & Zaleski who were inspired by the fairy tale illustrations and drawings of Per Dahlberg and Jan Marcin Szancer.

Kunsthaus Graz
Is it a heart, is it a blob, or maybe an alien? We really don’t know what it is. The Kunsthaus Graz or Graz Art Museum was built by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier as part of the 2003 European Capital of Culture, and has since dumbfounded and amazed the people of Graz, Austria ever since.

Lotus Temple
The Lotus Temple is a Baha’i House of Worship in New Delhi, India. It was completed in 1984 and serves as the Mother Temple of the Indian subcontinent. It has won numerous awards for its elegant and beautiful flower-like design.

Pickle Barrel House
The Pickle Barrel House is a two-story house located in Michigan that resembles two pickle barrels (thanks Captain Obvious). The house design was inspired by two tiny cartoon characters who lived under a rose bush in a pickle barrel. Built in 1926, it has served as a summer home, an ice cream stand, an information kiosk booth, a souvenir shop, and finally a museum.

Robot Building
Located in the Sathorn business district of Bangkok, Thailand, The Robot Building houses United Overseas Bank’s Bangkok headquarters. Design by Sumet Jumsai, this example of modern architecture, cleverly utilizes building features such as antennas, walls, and windows, to make it appear like a robot.It was inspired by Sumet Jumsai’s son’s toy robot.

Stone House
Built between four large boulders found on the site, this unique structure is actually a summer retreat house in the Fafe Mountains of Portugal. It comes with a fireplace, a swimming pool, a steel door, and bullet proof windows. Bullet proof windows? Yes, because of its interesting architecture, it has piqued the interest of many visitors and thieves, prompting the owners to heighten security measures.