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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 October 23, 2019

                                                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                                    50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn

                                                    If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.

                                                    That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into fifty key points.

                                                    Here’re 50 habits of highly successful people you should learn:

                                                    1. Believe It to See It

                                                    Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.

                                                    2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift

                                                    While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.

                                                    3. Keep Looking for Solutions

                                                    Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.

                                                    4. Remember It’s All About the Journey

                                                    Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.

                                                    5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

                                                    There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.

                                                    6. Always Ask Productive Questions

                                                    It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.

                                                    7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining

                                                    Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.

                                                    8. Don’t Play the Blame Game

                                                    Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.

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                                                    9. Maximize Your Strengths

                                                    Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.

                                                    10. Be in It to Win It

                                                    Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.

                                                    11. Know That Success Attracts Success

                                                    People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.

                                                    12. Actually Choose to Be Successful

                                                    Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.

                                                    13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!

                                                    You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.

                                                    14. Be a One-Off Original

                                                    Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.

                                                    15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now

                                                    Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.

                                                    16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing

                                                    Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.

                                                    17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

                                                    Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.

                                                    18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!

                                                    We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.

                                                    19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed

                                                    Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.

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                                                    20. Accept Challenge All the Time

                                                    Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.

                                                    21. Make Your Own Luck

                                                    In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.

                                                    22. Ignite Your Initiative

                                                    While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.

                                                    23. Be the Master of Your Emotions

                                                    Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.

                                                    24. Champion in Communication

                                                    Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.

                                                    25. Plan Your Life Strategically

                                                    Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.

                                                    26. Become Exceptional at What You Do

                                                    To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.

                                                    27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone

                                                    While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.

                                                    28. Live by Core Values

                                                    Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.

                                                    29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything

                                                    Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.

                                                    30. Don’t Get Carried Away

                                                    Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.

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                                                    31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success

                                                    Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.

                                                    32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)

                                                    Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.

                                                    33. More Humility, Less Arrogance

                                                    Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.

                                                    34. Change Opens New Doors

                                                    People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.

                                                    35. Success Requires a Healthy Body

                                                    It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.

                                                    36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist

                                                    Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.

                                                    37. Resilience by the Bucket Load

                                                    When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.

                                                    38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve

                                                    How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.

                                                    39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe

                                                    If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.

                                                    40. Can’t Control It? Forget It

                                                    Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.

                                                    41. Swim Against the Tide

                                                    Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.

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                                                    42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time

                                                    More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.

                                                    43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most

                                                    Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.

                                                    44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized

                                                    While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.

                                                    45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine

                                                    Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.

                                                    46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do

                                                    Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.

                                                    47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance

                                                    While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.

                                                    48. Follow Through

                                                    Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.

                                                    49. Invest in All Your Dimensions

                                                    We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.

                                                    50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

                                                    To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.

                                                    So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.

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