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January 26, 2010

From time to time we like to talk about interesting web-sites that has something unexpected to show. This time we found out a web called Unusual Architecture and we just love the different categories and trends it touches, going through such a big project like Bibliotheca Alexandrina to small and bizarre projects like the Low Impact Woodland House in Wales.

Low Impact Woodland House – From the author: “You are looking at pictures of a house I built for our family in Wales. It was built by myself and my father in law with help from passers by and visiting friends. 4 months after starting we were moved in and cosy. I estimate 1000-1500 man hours and £3000 put in to this point. Not really so much in house buying terms (roughly £60/sq m excluding labour).”

Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada) – Habitat 67 is a housing complex built as part of Expo 67. It was designed to integrate the variety and diversity of scattered private homes with the economics and density of a modern apartment building. The project was designed to create affordable housing with close but private quarters, each equipped with a garden. The building was believed to illustrate the new lifestyle people would live in increasingly crowded cities around the world.

Kansas City Library (Missouri, USA) – the new Central Library opened its doors in 2004. The location features state-of-the-art technology, improved and increased services, meeting rooms, a screening room, a coffee shop and much more, all within the walls of a building originally constructed to convey a sense of strength and continuity. It is upon that foundation the Library places its vision for the next century to come.

Berlin Zeiss Planetarium (Berlin, Germany) – The Wilhelm Foerster Observatory with its planetarium in West Berlin was established in 1964, while the Zeiss Planetarium in East Berlin’s Prenzlauer Berg district was built in the mid-eighties. The latter is run jointly with the Archenhold Observatory.

Kvivik Igloo (Kvivik, Faroe Islands)

UFO house (New Zealand) – Finnish architect Matti Suuronen designed this UFO shaped dwelling in 1968, initially for use as a ski-cabin or holiday home. The Futuro house was completely furnished and could accommodate 8 people. It was constructed entirely out of reinforced plastic, at these times a new, light and inexpensive material. The plan was designed to be mass-produced, so it would be cheap enough to house all people around the earth. Because it was so light-weight, it was easily transportable by helicopter.

Well, the data base from Unusual Architecture has more than 90 case of study and they describe the web with these words: Architecture blog dedicated to collect all the strangest, most unusual, weird and crazy buildings of our world in one big and easy to use list.

So, come and visit Unusual Architecture.

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