Unusual Buildings: 10+ Photos From Around The World

A wonderful collection of the world’s most unusual buildings.

There are numerous incredible buildings in the world that are known for their far-out shapes, awe-inspiring designs, and unique styles. We have compiled some of the most remarkable structures in the world you love to visit.

UNIKATO Residential Building by KWK Promes

Apartment building in Poland.

Unikato is supposed to stand in the center of Katowice – once a dynamically developing industrial city. The testimony of that era is the impressive modernist buildings. Today, the city is experiencing a demographic crisis and suffers from sub-urbanization. There is a lack of new residential buildings, and the city is subordinated to car traffic generated by people coming here every day to work from the sprawling suburbs. Unikato is an impulse to reverse this negative trend and breathe new life into the area.

Idea. Modernist buildings of Katowice, once bright, for many years exposed to the smog, gradually got dirty and became almost black. Their white windows always contrast with the black of the facade. This observation has become an inspiration for the project.

Alpine shelter on Monte Cristallo, Auronzo di Cadore, Italy

This incredible alpine shelter on Monte Cristallo, Auronzo di Cadore, Italy, was built during World War I at a height of 2760 meters. It’s believed that the refuge was constructed by Italian soldiers during World War I, in what was known as ‘The White War’, due to the freezing conditions soldiers were faced with.

alpine shelter on Monte Cristallo
alpine shelter on Monte Cristallo

Twisted Chimney in Wales

It might look like a chimney that has somehow collapsed in a wilted heap, but Wales’ latest piece of public artwork is already winning the public over.

A twisted chimney created by a New York sculptor has been unveiled as a public artwork in a south Wales valley.  Hand-carved out of steel, the £180,000 sculpture is 16 metres in length and twists eight metres into the air.

Twisted Chimney in Wales

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

San Francisco, CA, United States. 1974. Architect: John Portman

This 802-room hotel, located in the award-winning Embarcadero Center, is situated adjacent to the Justin Herman plaza. Its wedge-shaped design steps back to open the plaza to the bay, creating a magnificent public gathering place. A 17-story atrium provides another dramatic space for people to congregate. Separate conference and exhibition areas offer more than 67,000 sf (6,225 sqm) of meeting space.

Hyatt Regency San Francisco

Vyaghra Gumpha, India

Vyaghra Gumpha is one of the popular caves in Udayagiri. The cave, which is in ruins, has an entrance carved like a tiger’s mouth, with the single cell forming the tiger’s throat. It is one of the most photographed sites in Udayagiri. The word vyaghra means “tiger”. The inscription found here tells that this cave belongs to the city judge Sabhuti.

Vyaghra Gumpha cave

Sumela Monastery

Sumela Monastery, a Greek Orthodox monastery originally established around AD 386 nestled in a steep cliff at an altitude of 1200 meters, Trabzon Province, Turkey.

A Fire Escape of the 38-story Copan Residential Building in São Paulo, Brazil

The Edifício Copan (Copan Building) is a 118.44-metre (459 ft.) tall, 38-story residential building in downtown São Paulo, Brazil. It has 1,160 apartments, 70 commercial establishments and is one of the largest buildings in Brazil.

fire escape

L’Arbre Blanc Residential Tower, Montpellier, France

Modelled on the shape of a tree, the curved 17-storey building contains 113 apartments with cantilevering balconies, alongside publicly accessible facilities on the ground floor and rooftop. The many technical innovations of L’Arbre Blanc include the terraces, whose cantilevers, which are up to 7.5 metre-long, constitute a world first. These exceptional outside spaces are fully-fledged living rooms that are connected to the dwellings in such a way as to allow residents to live inside and outside, a luxury for a city bathed in the sunshine 80% of the year!