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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 October 20, 2020

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                          • (1) Research
                                          • (2) Deciding the topic
                                          • (3) Creating the outline
                                          • (4) Drafting the content
                                          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                          • (6) Revision
                                          • (7) etc.

                                          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                          2. Change Your Environment

                                          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                          6. Get a Buddy

                                          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                          Reality check:

                                          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

                                          Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

                                          More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

                                          Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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