Cubes by Rool Paap
Sometimes, architects seem to go crazy while working on their projects. Forget the boredom of usual real estate designs and check out this week’s choice of five crazy architectural pieces standing around the world.
1. Cubic Houses (Kubus woningen) (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Architect Piet Blom designed a housing complex consisting of 32 tilted cubic houses sticking to each other that has stunned thousands of visitors and become one of the main tourist attractions of Rotterdam. The original idea behind the project was to create a forest, with each of the cubical houses symbolizing a stylized tree. Space in the house is divided into three zones serving different purposes — a living area at the bottom, a bedroom and a bathroom, and an extra bedroom at the top.
2. Crooked House (Sopot, Poland)
Crooked House in Sopot
by Alistair Young
Built in 2003, Crooked House became the most photographed building in the country right away and attracted worldwide attention. The house seems to be melting down and often reminds visitors of Dali’s surrealist works. Szotynscy Zaleski, author of the design, was largely influenced by illustrations he liked in his childhood fairytale books, created by Polish artist Jan Marcin Szancer, as well as by the artwork of Per Dahlberg.
3. Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada)
Photo by Paul Lowry
This housing complex was designed in 1967 and served as a thematic pavilion during Expo 67, which was particularly focused on housing. Its creator, Moshe Safdie, was trying to provide future inhabitants of Habitat 67 with affordable housing with its own private space and a small garden, in spite of being optically squeezed in with other inhabitants’ apartments. The complex resembles slums in developing countries, but offers comfortable living with all the benefits of modern architecture.
4. Toilet-Shaped House (Suweon, South Korea)
The unique Toilet-Shaped House was built to commemorate the establishment of the World Toilet Association and its campaign for better sanitation worldwide. Sim Jae-Duck, also known as “Mayor Toilet” resides in the concrete and glass building and continues his efforts to improve the image of toilets among people. The house includes a “model toilet” positioned in the middle of the building that produces a mist to make the visitors feel more relaxed.
5. Bubble House (Palais Bulles)(Cannes, France)
The house is currently inhabited by a famous fashion designer, Pierre Cardin, and is believed to have no straight lines or edges, making the most of the volcanic landscape of the area. Huge, bubble-shaped convex windows provide wonderful views of the Côte d’Azur. The building was designed in the 70s by Hungarian Antti Lovag and it has already become listed as a cultural heritage by the French government.