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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 August 12, 2019

                                                    12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                                    12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                                    Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                                    But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                                    I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                                    Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                                    1. Nuts

                                                    The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                                    Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                                    Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                                    Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                                    2. Blueberries

                                                    Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                                    When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                                    3. Tomatoes

                                                    Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                                    4. Broccoli

                                                    While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                                    Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                                    Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                                    5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                                    Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                                    The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                                    Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                                    6. Soy

                                                    Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                                    Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                                    Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                                    7. Dark Chocolate

                                                    When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                                    Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                                    8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                                    Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                                    B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                                    Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                                    Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                                    To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                                    9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                                    Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                                    Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                                    Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                                    10. Gingko Biloba

                                                    This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                                    It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                                    However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                                    11. Green and Black Tea

                                                    Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                                    Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                                    Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                                    12. Sage and Rosemary

                                                    Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                                    Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                                    When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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