Beautiful And Wacky Architecture From Around The World

Architecture is something that many of us take for granted. It’s something that we see all the time, but few of us spend much time noticing it. Luckily for us, there are places in the world that are so wild or stunning that they will stop us right in our tracks and force us to notice.

I mean, who wouldn’t be wowed by a school shaped like a cat?

Looks Like A Futuristic Hobbit House

a house in Mexico
Photo Credit: Reddit / Teillu
Photo Credit: Reddit / Teillu

This amazing house is actually a place that you can live in! They’re very inexpensive and made out of recycled parts, like bottles and tires, and are self-sustaining. It’s located in New Mexico.

Is That A Spaceship?

a very modern looking house
Photo Credit: Reddit / FoxFoxington
Photo Credit: Reddit / FoxFoxington

That is one strange-looking house. It’s probably nice to be hidden away from the neighborhood like that, but here’s a serious question: is that house just mostly roof then, or what?

Believe It Or Not, This Is A Cemetery

a cemetery in France
Photo Credit: Reddit / loulan
Photo Credit: Reddit / loulan

It’s in Guadeloupe, to be exact. The oldest tomb in the cemetery dates back to the 1800s! At night, you can walk through it and take in beautiful views of candle-lit areas and even vendors selling snacks.

An Actual Shell Station

a vintage shell station
Photo Credit: Reddit / DrFetusRN
Photo Credit: Reddit / DrFetusRN

This Shell station was builtin in the 1930s and still stands today in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Sometimes, it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in our taste in architecture.

How About Some Fish With Your Drink?

fish in a hotel
Photo Credit: Reddit / principle_fbundle
Photo Credit: Reddit / principle_fbundle

This beautiful aquarium is in the Radisson Blu in Berlin, Germany. There is a glass elevator inside that you can take to your floor, and there is even the option to go diving in it.

Imagine Taking Groceries Up Those Stairs?

a cabin in the woods on stilts
Photo Credit: Reddit / lisino
Photo Credit: Reddit / lisino

These cabins are a popular vacation destination in Norway for people who want a bit of a break from it all. These cabins sleep up to six people, and they have no Wi-Fi. Better make sure you like your travel buddy.

Looks Like It’s From A Fairy Tale

a house that looks like a mushroom
Photo Credit: Reddit / digdilem
Photo Credit: Reddit / digdilem

These adorable little houses are actually a part of a beautiful forest-themed park for children in Japan. Imagine playing here as a kid! How fun would that have been for you?

Would You Eat In A Turtle?

a restaurant shaped like a turtle
Photo Credit: Reddit / logatwork
Photo Credit: Reddit / logatwork

This is the Turtle Cafe in Mongolia. It’s part of a popular tourist destination. And we can see why! Who wouldn’t want to take some sweet Instagram posts with this guy in the back?

Isn’t This Beautiful?

a clock tower
Photo Credit: Reddit
Photo Credit: Reddit

This incredible building is located in Prague, and it’s one of the world’s oldest astrological clocks still in operation. It’s been working for over 600 years! Now that is impressive.

That’s One Way To Get Kids To Go To School

a kindergarten building shaped like a cat
Photo Credit: Reddit / lisino
Photo Credit: Reddit / lisino

This delightful cat-shaped building is actually a kindergarten class located in Germany. They’re taking the kid-friendly environment to a whole new level with this adorable creation. Apparently, there is a slide at the back for the tail.

What Would It Be Like To Live Here?

someone has an amazing house
Photo Credit: Reddit / heuav
Photo Credit: Reddit / heuav

So, this house is wild. It was built in 1984 and had an addition added in the 1990s. It’s a house and a studio for Bart Prince, an architect. The coolest thing about the house? It has an elevator with a fridge in it so you don’t have to go far for snacks.

You Can Barely See It!

a mirrored cabin
Photo Credit: Reddit / malgoya
Photo Credit: Reddit / malgoya

This beautiful mirrored hotel cottage makes it appear nearly invisible if you weren’t looking for it. It’s built in Sweden and eco-friendly. And, don’t worry, there is a film applied to the glass so that birds are able to see it!

It Looks Like A Video Game

hotel that looks like a video game
Photo Credit: Reddit / wineddinerdand69ed
Photo Credit: Reddit / wineddinerdand69ed

This is the Beauty Crown hotel, and it houses over 6,000 rooms for its guests. The hotel is in Sanya, China, and has seven stars! I didn’t even know you could get that many.

Looks Like He’s Breathing Fire

a temple with a dragon on it
Photo Credit: Reddit / Ironfingers
Photo Credit: Reddit / Ironfingers

This temple is located a few hours outside of Bangkok. It’s largely abandoned except for a few monks and some wild bats. It looks like the beginning of a Miyazaki film.

This Is An Old Grain Silo

the museum of art in Africa
Photo Credit: Reddit / spankydoodles
Photo Credit: Reddit / spankydoodles

This silo-turned-museum is the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in Cape Town, South Africa. It’s always so amazing to see people take existing structures and turn them into something completely different.

It Looks Like It’s From A Wes Anderson Film

the Hotel Belvedere
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Photo Credit: Reddit / sizeable_interest

This is the famous Hotel Belvédère in Switzerland. It became famous because of its proximity to an 11,000-year-old glacier that has sadly receded a full mile in the last 100 years.

What An Incredible Building

a temple in Thailand
Photo Credit: Reddit / ryan5648
Photo Credit: Reddit / ryan5648

This sprawling beauty is called the Pavilion of the Enlightened in Ancient City, Thailand. It’s a theme park that’s made up of buildings and temples that once existed but have since been lost.

Check Out Those Helicopter Pads

the world's biggest hotel
Photo Credit: Reddit / malgoya
Photo Credit: Reddit / malgoya

This is the world’s largest hotel, Abraj Kudai, which is located in Saudi Arabia. It’s still under construction, but when it’s done, it will have room for 10,000 suites and all kinds of attractions.

You Can Barely See It In The Hills

a hermit house
Photo Credit: Reddit / lision
Photo Credit: Reddit / lision

This beach home was built in the 1970s, and it features dozens of rooms carved into the sandstone cliffs. It’s built using pebbles, rocks and recycled materials. It’s been rebuilt a few times because it keeps eroding in the sea.

That’s A Hungry Fish

a huge fish restaurant
Photo Credit: Margolies / Library Of Congress
Photo Credit: Margolies / Library Of Congress

Inside this giant fish is a diner where you can stop on the side of the highway and grab a quick bite to eat. Tacky? Yes. But it’s also amazing, so…there is that.