Top 10 Wacky Buildings

Photo: John Lewis Marshall

Most of the time architecture gets it right—a building typically looks like a building. Then sometimes things get a little…wacky. By wacky we mean parts goofy, clumsy, maladroit, showy, awkward, and funny. You know the type: the eyesore that’s trying far too hard to be Architecture; the overly cute building practically begging for a nickname;  or the permanent (bad) joke the architect decided to leave on the neighborhood. (Apparently, in the Netherlands, these are all wanted building traits.)

Still, it’s hard not to love these buildings, and some of them are indeed good architecture. Yet despite their good qualities, it’s their “faults” that endear us to them.

10.

1

Kumutoto Toilets
Wellington, New Zealand
Designed by Studio Pacific Architecture

9.

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Sarpi Border Checkpoint
Sarpi, Georgia
Designed by J. Mayer H. Architects

8.

4

Photo: Roel Backaert

Inntel Hotel
Zaandam, Netherlands
Designed by WAM architecten

7.

3

Photo: John Lewis Marshall

Stedelijk Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Designed by Mels Crouwel of Benthem Crouwel Architects

6.

6

China Maritime Museum
Lingang New City, China
Designed by gmp – von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects

5.

5

The House of the Flight of the Birds
Azores, Portugal
Designed by Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto

4.

11

M-House
Seoul, South Korea
Designed by Michael Jantzen

3.

9

Art pavilions along the Hangpu River
Shanghai, China
Designed by Tantra Creations

2.

WellnessCenter

Wellness Center: Berg Oase
Arosa, Switzerland
Designed by Mario Botta Architetto

1.

2

Simone Handbag Museum
Seoul, South Korea
Designed by Charlie Smith Design

Bonus

UrbanInteriors

Urban Interiorities
Tokio, Japan
Designed by Virginia Melnyk and Tiffany Dahlen

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