10 of the Weirdest Buildings in the World

10-of-the-weirdest-buildings-in-the-worldIt’s time to embrace the weirdness.

Buildings give a town or city its character. The style, the architecture, the colours – all make a place what it is and give it that ‘feeling’ that make us travel lovers want to come back for more.

But what about the buildings that dare to be different? What about the buildings that laugh in the face of convention, are slightly rough around the edges or down right weird looking?

I stumbled across a photograph of one the other day and it inspired me to search out more. Turns out there are a fair few of these quirky gems popping up in cities all over the world.

Perhaps the architects were on the happy sauce, maybe they were having an off day or maybe they were simply revelling in the beauty of difference…

Here’s my pick of the 10 weirdest buildings in the world:


1. Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Wat Rong Khun is wonderfully different. Just look at the intricate detail… it really is a work of art. Known as ‘The White Temple’ to many, it’s really famous in Chiang Rai – and quite rightly so! The temple is privately-owned, which could explain it’s quirkiness! And if you think the outside is weird, just wait until you see the inside…

Wat Rong Khun, Chiang Rai, Thailand



2. Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles

My name’s Gabby and I’m a Disney Fruitloop. I confess. I love it. The magic, the music the characters… it talks to the carefree kid inside me and I never want that conversation to end. Being a brainchild of the Disney family, this concert hall was always going to stand out from the crowd. The striking stainless steel curves and hardwood interior make it the perfect acoustic home for the LA Philharmonic Orchestra. (I hope they make a point of playing Disney tunes on an hourly basis).

walt-disney-concert-hall Los Angeles(Source)


3. Wonderworks, Florida

Only in America would they choose to turn a house upside-down. Why ever not?! This is a little bit of a cheat as it is actually an indoor theme park.. so it was built to be deliberately weird. Apparently it was once a top secret laboratory on a small island in the Bermuda Triangle before it was picked up by a man-made tornado and dumped in Orlando. The story is as ridiculous as the architecture and for that reason, I’d say this qualifies as one of the weirdest buildings in the world.




4. Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria

This weirder than weird art museum in Austria is affectionately known as the ‘Friendly Alien’ by its creators who wanted to fight against the modernist white box era. It gets better… this official style of architecture is known as ‘blob architecture’. Does no one else see a cows belly?!

Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria



5. Hotel Marqués de Riscal, Spain

I love this building. The shapes, curves and materials are almost melodic in the way they wind themselves around each other other. This embodies everything that is ‘avant garde’. I was expecting it to be an art gallery or a museum of some sort… but NOPE. It’s a hotel! Can you imagine staying here!? I think it just got added to my list… I may have to beg, steal or borrow a bed for the night but I’m sure it can be done.

Hotel Marqués de Riscal Spain



6. St Basil’s Basilica, Red Square, Moscow

If you know about Russia you’ll know about St Basil’s Basilica. Built in the 16th century, it’s multicoloured domes have become almost synonymous with Moscow – despite the fact the colour was added 200 years after it was built (Fun fact for you there!). It’s so beautiful, it’s not difficult to understand why tourists flock from far and wide to visit it. It’s definitely weird though…Personally I can’t help thinking it looks like a very elaborate gingerbread house. Is it wrong that it makes me hungry?

St Basil's Cathedral, Red Square, Moscow



7. Selfridges, Birmingham, England

I had to feature one of our own weird British buildings on this list. Whatever weird dream the city planners had that lead them to adding this bizarre looking shape on the side of Birmingham’s Bullring shopping centre I’ll never know… But it definitely has character. I would bloody well hope so too after it cost a whopping £60 million to build. Yowzers.

Selfridges, Birmingham, England



8. The Church of Hallgrimur, Reykjavik, Iceland

The symmetry of this church is stunning. Maybe this building is weird in that it is utterly perfect, each side a mirror image of the other. Built in 1974, the design is intended to mimic the natural landscape of Iceland; its volcanoes and ice caps. Personally I think it looks more like an organ… but each to their own. It’s beautifully weird so hats off to Iceland.

The Church of Hallgrimur, Reykjavik, Iceland(Source)


9. Stone House, Portugal

Believe it or not, people actually live here. Created from 4 massive boulders, this home has no electricity and few neighbours. I love this place though. It may look a little creepy in the photo, but picture a roaring fire inside, a thick knit blanket and a Sunday film on the tele… BLISS. I’d be expecting Fred and Wilma to join me of course. Yabadabadoooooo.

Stone House, Portugal



10. National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing

Ah the giant titanium egg standing proud in the centre of an artificial body of water. Totally normal. Built not far from the Forbidden City and the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, there were a few people who got their knickers in a twist about the introduction of such a modern structure so close to the history. The architect soon talked them down though, promising a design that melts into its surroundings and compliments the landscape. Boy did good.

National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing



(If you want to embrace the weirdness even tighter… here’s a pin for your weird Pinterest boards..)

10 of the weirdest buildings in the world


Which of these quirky rejects was your favourite? Or perhaps you’ve stumbled across a wonderfully weird building that I haven’t included and want to shout at me because I missed it? Go go goooo…



  • http://anatravels.org Ana O’Reilly

    Well, weird doesn’t even begin to describe some of these buildings!

    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      You’re so right Ana! What an imagination some of these architects must have. Amazing. Thanks for stopping by 🙂


  • Camille

    Weirdly enough, I love all of them! You should also look up the library in Pristina – truly one of a kind…


    • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

      Wow – you’re right, that is something else! Sort of like an architectural eden project. Perhaps that’s worthy of a number 11!

      Pleased you loved them all Camille :). Thanks for the comment.


  • http://aspectsofstyle.com/ Anna

    I’ve been to 2 of them! The Walt Disney music hall and Selfridges in Birmingham!! Love Frank Gehry’s architecture so I make a point to visit his buildings…Guggenheim Museum is next on my list!!

  • http://www.theglobewanderers.com TheGlobeWanderers

    Somehow managed to miss this Valerie – so sorry, not ignoring you! 🙂 Wowzers… that is indeed a VERY weird building. Definitely worthy of the list – thanks for sharing! 🙂