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These 20 Creative Buildings Make The World Much More Interesting

These 20 Creative Buildings Make The World Much More Interesting

Look around you. There are houses and buildings. What you see, however, is probably not eye-catching architecture. Presenting 20 creative buildings from around the world for you to enjoy!

1. The Barcode Building

This shopping mall was designed by Vitruvius and Sons. It is located in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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    Photo Source: Funny Buildings

    2. Basket Building

    This beautiful basket is the headquarters of Longaberger Company in Newark, Ohio (USA). This unique building is famously known as the world’s largest basket.

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      Photo Source: Photo Phase

      3. The Kansas City Library

      This building is any book-lover’s heaven. Structured like a single book shelf, this beautiful architectural construction is in Kansas City, Missouri (USA).

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        Photo Source: Hot Trip

        4. Atomium

        Built in 1958, this museum of technology and design has eight floors. The floors are dedicated to museum space and restaurants. Atomium is situated in Brussels, Belgium.

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          Photo Source: Panoramio

          5. Upside-down House

          A small village in Szymbark, northern Poland, is a huge tourist attraction every year since 2007 because of a unique house designed by the philanthropist Daniel Czapiewski.

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            Photo Source: Freshome

            6. The Piano House

            Built in a rural area of  Huainan, Anhui, China, this piece of musical structure consists of a violin and a piano.

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              Photo Source: Facts Stop

              7. The Teapot

              Care for  some tea? Drop by this hotel in Zunyi, China.

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                Photo Source: Hug China

                8. Atlantis (Dubai)

                Situated in Dubai, Atlantis is the heart of Palm Jumeirah, the man-made island, that describes the word “grand” to its full context.

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                  Photo Source: Dynamic Architecture

                  9. Crazy House

                  The house says it all. This is located in Dalat, Vietnam.

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                    Photo Source: Mimoa

                    10. Palaise Bulles

                    Pierre Cardin’s residence in the early eighties, this bubble house is located in Cannes, France.

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                      11. Rotating Tower

                      Also situated in Dubai, Rotating Tower rotates around a central axis, each floor twirling separately and giving new views at each turn.

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                        12. Redwoods Treehouse

                        A restaurant in Auckland, New Zealand, these onion shaped structures hang from trees.

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                          Photo Source: Barfan

                          13. The Crooked House

                          The Crooked House is a shopping centre in Sopot, Poland. This building has peculiar outer and inner walls.

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                            Photo Source: Akademi Fantasia

                            14. Solar Ark

                            A Japanese museum and lab, the whole building is covered by solar panels. It is owned by Panasonic Corporation.

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                              Photo Source: Open Buildings

                              15. Capital Gate

                              This dazzling leaning tower is located in Abu Dhabi.

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                                Photo Source: Visit Abu Dhabi

                                16. The Seven-story Treehouse

                                This beautiful Treehouse is in Traver, California. It has a bar and a cafe.

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                                  Photo Source: Visalia

                                  17. Cybertecture Egg Office

                                  This delicious egg has 13 floors and is located in Mumbai, India.

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                                    18. Turning Torso Building

                                    You will find this swirling skyscraper in Malmo, Sweden. This is luxurious residential apartments, containing a few offices as well.

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                                      Photo Source: Tourist Link

                                      19. The Ryugyong Hotel

                                      Situated in North Korea, this futuristic looking hotel is aged more than a quarter-century and is still incomplete.

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                                        Photo Source: Open Buildings

                                        20. The Ericsson Kista Building

                                        With glass resembling a crack in the middle, this colorful building is the headquarters of Ericsson Telecommunications in Stockholm, Sweden.

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                                          Photo Source: Pinterest

                                          I hope you have enjoyed this little journey of unique architecture from around the globe. Stay well and be creative!

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                                          Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                          Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                          You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                          Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                          1. Work on the small tasks.

                                          When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                          Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                          2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                          Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                          Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                          3. Upgrade yourself

                                          Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                          The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                          4. Talk to a friend.

                                          Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                          Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                          5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                          If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                          Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                          Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                          6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                          If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                          Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                          Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                          7. Read a book (or blog).

                                          The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                          Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                          Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                          8. Have a quick nap.

                                          If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                          9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                          Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                          What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                          10. Find some competition.

                                          Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                          Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                          11. Go exercise.

                                          Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                          Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                          As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                          Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                          12. Take a good break.

                                          Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                          Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                          Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                          Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                                          Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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