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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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                                                    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                                                    The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                                                    Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                                                    The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                                                    1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                                                    Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                                                     I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                                                    To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                                                    And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                                                     2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                                                    Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                                                    3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                                                    Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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                                                    4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                                                    The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                                                    5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                                                    Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                                                    6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                                                    Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                                                    7. Positive people smile a lot!

                                                    When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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                                                    8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                                                    They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                                                    9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                                                    One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                                                    10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                                                    Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                                                    How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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                                                    I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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