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25 Insanely Unique and Mind-Blowing Buildings Around the World

25 Insanely Unique and Mind-Blowing Buildings Around the World

Throughout history, architecture has remained a crucial expression of cultural and societal growth. Today, innovative building techniques plus new materials and ways of thinking give us almost unlimited potential when it comes to this art form. Mixing old and new, natural and modern, the following 25 mind-blowing buildings from around the world might make your head spin and your jaw drop.

Indira Gandhi Planetarium, India

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    This mind-blowing building in India opened in 1993. Serving as a planetarium, this building’s design was obviously influenced by its function. The building conjures images of Saturn, complete with a series of rings. A truly eye-opening building that’s both unique and inspiring.

    Montaña Mágica Lodge, Chile

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      This exclusive hotel in Chile resembles the shape of a volcano. With only nine rooms inside, this hotel spews water in place of lava. This incredible, mind-blowing building is startlingly beautiful, and is nestled in the heart of a gorgeous natural reserve in South America.

      Singapore Pavilion, Singapore

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        The Singapore Pavilion is ingenious and inspiring. Shaped like a music box, this building is meant to represent citizens of Singapore from different cultures and backgrounds all living in harmony. Not only does this mind-blowing building incorporate interesting and unique design, it also features a large rooftop garden.

        Toilet-Shaped House, South Korea

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          This interesting home in Suwon, South Korea, is shaped like a toilet. The fascinating, original shape was built by Sim Jae-Duck. The chairman of the committee that organized the inaugural general assembly of the World Toilet Association, this man’s passion comes through in his home.

          Sutyagin House, Russia

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            Although it’s no longer standing, this eclectic house looked like it came out of a story book. Its builders claimed it was likely the world’s tallest wooden houses. The house began to be constructed in 1992, and reached an incredible 13 stories high, with a 44 meter tower.

            Piano and Violin Building, China

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              This musically inspired building in Huainan City, China was built in 2007. Intended to promote a newly developed area, the building incorporated designers from Huainan Fangkai Decoration Project Company, along with help from students from the Hefey University of Technology. Though this building is stunning during the day, the mind-blowing building makes use of bright lights to really turn up the spectacle after dark.

              Nautilus House, Mexico

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                This unique, shell-shaped house was built in 2006 by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Organica. Designed to emphasize a harmony with nature, this mind-blowing building uses organic forms to create a warm and original space. Making use of many different materials, this house has a feeling all its own. A blend of art and modern architecture, the house even features an indoor garden.

                PricewaterhouseCoopers Building, United Kingdom

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                  Claiming the title of the most environmentally friendly building in London is the PricewaterhouseCoopers building. This marvelous structure makes use of renewable energy sources and integrates an advanced IT system. This system lets workers change the light and temperature in their space to suit their individual needs.

                  India Tower, Mumbai

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                    This impressive building in Mumbai is another one to make use of environmentally friendly features. Expected to be completed in 2016, the building is meant to signify the country’s step towards environmentally friendly solutions. Not only does the tower use natural lighting and natural ventilation, it also recycles rainwater.

                    Masdar City, Abu Dhabi

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                      This incredible structure is not one building, but many. Occupying 64,120,320 square feet, this project is actually meant to be a futuristic city. The structure will rely entirely on renewable resources, and is planned to be carbon-neutral and car-free. Created by Masdar, also known as the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, the entire city will be self-sustaining.

                      Crystal Island, Russia

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                        This eye-catching building in Moscow is set to become the world’s largest building. This incredible tower is planned to offer 27,000,000 square feet of floor space. Additionally, this tower will include a thermal buffer on the outside of the building, one that is removable in the summer for increased ventilation.

                        Cor, United States

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                          This breathtaking building in Miami will be another impressive feat in energy-efficiency. The bubble-like holes will actually contain wind turbines and garden terraces, maximizing this mind-blowing building’s potential.

                          Ferdinand Cheval Palace (Ideal Palace), France

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                            This unbelievable building in France took much longer to build than most structures. Struck by the stones in a particular area of his mail route, Ferdinand Cheval collected rocks for 33 years. As legend has it, first he carried the stones in his pocket, but soon moved up to using a basket and a wheelbarrow. To build the building, he often worked at night by the light of oil lamps.

                            BMW Welt, Germany

                              This space age-looking building is not only eye catching, it’s a triumph of green energy as well. The roof is covered in solar cells and the mind-blowing building makes use of natural ventilation. Additionally, large steel panels heat quickly in the sun, and help regulate the building’s temperature.

                              Cubic Houses, The Netherlands

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                                These stunning houses in the Netherlands were created by Piet Blom. The architect implemented this unique design when asked to build houses over a preexisting pedestrian bridge. Said to represent abstract trees, each cube contains three levels of livable space.

                                Tower of Glass, Russia

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                                  This is another concept building, this time proposed to be built in the middle of the woods. Destined for Siberia, this mind-blowing building is designed to catapult the amount of solar electricity captured by solar panels due to daytime reflections. Made largely of glass, the structure is truly impressive.

                                  Nakagin Capsule Tower, Japan

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                                    This unique building in Tokyo, Japan, was completed in 1972. Perfecting small-space living, this capsule tower features small, compact living spaces.

                                    The UFO Houses, Taiwan

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                                      This collection of beautiful houses in Taiwan is also known as Sanzhi Pod City. Originally intended as a vacation resort, these houses were completed in the late 1970s. However, the houses were abandoned in 1980 due to investment losses and several deaths during construction. Many different stories abound regarding the cause of the deaths, with one popular account blaming dissecting a dragon sculpture near the entrance in order to widen the road. In any case, these eye-popping houses were sadly demolished in 2010, to make way for a commercial, seaside resort.

                                      House Attack, Austria

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                                        This installation at the largest art museum in Austria, The Museum Moderner Kunst (MUMOK), conjures the image of a small family home hurtling itself onto the roof. Designed by artist Erwin Wurm, this building is appropriately titled “House Attack”.

                                        The Bank of Asia (Robot Building), Thailand

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                                          This building looms over the business district of Bangkok, Thailand, and is home to the Bank of Asia’s Bangkok headquarters. Said to be inspired by the computerization of big banking, this architecture incorporates a love of technology and modern art. Completed in 1986, this mind-blowing building is truly one of a kind.

                                          The Dancing House, Czech Republic

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                                            The Dancing House and the Fred and Ginger building are common nicknames given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building in the Czech Republic. The fluid building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.

                                            Hundertwasser Building, Germany

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                                              This eye-opening building in Darmstadt, Germany, is a truly creative residential building. The unique front defies the typical grid pattern, with windows appearing to be out of order. The exterior is meant to mimic sediment layers in the ground, creating an arresting stripe pattern. Inside this 12-floor building there’s a small artificial lake, courtyard, playground, and 105 apartments.

                                              Abu Dhabi Performing Arts Center, UAE

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                                                This performing arts center, to be completed in the Arabian Gulf, is said to be inspired by natural forms. Designed in 2007, this spectacular building was dreamt up by Zaha Hadid Architects to be the center of the Saadiyat Cultural District. This center is expected to begin construction soon, but may be further delayed due to uneven financial markets.

                                                Vertical Village, Dubai

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                                                  This astounding center in Dubai is currently in construction. The building features a massive spiderweb of solar cells at the south end of the building, but retains the ability to angle the solar collectors towards the sun. Not only that, the east- and north-facing sides of the building are self shading, reducing the need for artificial cooling. On top of being massively energy-efficient, the building will also have a beautiful and inspiring interior. The village is slated to include hotels, shops, cinemas, a theater, and restaurants, making this mind-blowing building an awe-inspiring center.

                                                  Incredible Cube Structure ACME United Nations Memorial Space, South Korea

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                                                    Another building that sadly is still a concept is this unbelievable cube structure imagined for the United Nations Memorial Space. This design was one of the finalists in a South Korean competition looking for original ways to build up a United Nations peace park. Incredibly, individual cells are combined to make up this large cube structure.

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                                                    Last Updated on January 21, 2020

                                                    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                    The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                                                    Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                                                    your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                                                      Why You Need a Vision

                                                      Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                                                      How to Create Your Life Vision

                                                      Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                                                      What Do You Want?

                                                      The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                                                      It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                                                      Some tips to guide you:

                                                      • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                                                      • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                                                      • Give yourself permission to dream.
                                                      • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                                                      • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                                                      Some questions to start your exploration:

                                                      • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                                                      • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                                                      • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                                                      • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                                                      • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                                                      • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                                                      • What qualities would you like to develop?
                                                      • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                                                      • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                                                      • What would you most like to accomplish?
                                                      • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                                                      It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                                                      What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                                                      Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                                                      A few prompts to get you started:

                                                      • What will you have accomplished already?
                                                      • How will you feel about yourself?
                                                      • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                                                      • What does your ideal day look like?
                                                      • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                                                      • What would you be doing?
                                                      • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                                                      • How are you dressed?
                                                      • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                                                      • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                                                      • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                                                      It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                                                      Plan Backwards

                                                      It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                                                      • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                                                      • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                                                      • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                                                      • What important actions would you have had to take?
                                                      • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                                                      • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                                                      • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                                                      • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                                                      • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                                                      Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                                                      It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                                                      Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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