12 mindblowing buildings that look nothing like a building

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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.

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The Purple House

Antonino Cardillo Reader Find

By Antonino Cardillo in Architecture on Thursday 14 July 2011

This Purple House for Pembrokeshire represents an unconscious and personal trip into the Norman legacy during the Middle Ages, aiming to find a lost sense. What were the forgotten exchanges between England, Wales, Ireland and the Mediterranean shorelines?

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Tiny Hong Kong apartment transforms into 24 rooms

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in Cool Travel on Wednesday 11 May 2011

And we thought you had to be ingenius living in New York! Hong Kong architect Gary Chang has transformed his 344 square foot apartment into a fluid, shapeshifting environment through efficient use of sliding panels, walls, and mirrors.

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Paraty Beach House in Brazil

This Island Life Contributor

By This Island Life in Architecture on Tuesday 7 December 2010

While researching my end of year trip to South America, I stumbled across a cute little historical town in Brazil called Paratay. Apparently it’s known for its 19th century colonial architecture, but I can’t tell you a thing about that. I’m too busy imagining what my life would be like if I called this palatial beach house my casa. Maybe I’d be a Brazilian swimwear designer and use the beachfront pool to host collection launches. Or perhaps I’d dabble in some sort of illicit trade, making the boat-only access more of a necessity than a luxury.

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A4estudio’s Sobrino House

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By Gerry Mak in Architecture on Wednesday 1 September 2010

Cement isn’t usually thought of as a light and airy material, but A4estudio’s Sobrino House in Mendoza, Argentina may change that with it’s relaxed, open, and earthy feel.

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Archipod home office

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By Casper Johansson in Architecture on Wednesday 5 May 2010

London-based Archipod have reinvented the idea of the home office, shifting it to the backyard and encasing it in a distinctive coating that hides a lavish interior set-up including an ergonomic semicircular computer desk, concealed background mood lighting, electric heater, smoke alarm, data ports and electrical outlets. The Pod is an insulated sphere of approximately 3 metres in diameter.

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Unique Modern Villa in Mongolia

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By Gerry Mak in Architecture on Friday 23 April 2010

The temperature extremes in Mongolia are quiet dramatic, so it’s the perfect testing ground for this house, designed by *multiplicities, which features an inner plaster and white quartz structure that bounces light and keeps air flowing through the interior, as well as a protective black brick “skin” that absorbs heat from the sun, keeping the […]

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Glass House with glass furniture

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in Architecture on Tuesday 20 April 2010

Talk about taking the glass house to a whole new level! No, this is not a new Apple Centre in a far flung region of Norway. This is instead an amazing house by Italian design team Santambrogiomilano, which comes with a set of furniture made entirely from glass. Now, what is it they say about people in glass houses?

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