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Human Shaped Buildings | Weird and Wacky Architecture

Updated on April 6, 2013

Crazy buildings that are simply unbelievable...

Sometimes when you visit a new place, you get to see crazy jaw dropping stuff. Wonky people, crazy customs. We also love to building crazy buildings that would render all speechless. And when the starts really align, we build in our image. it's just so bad it's good.

Burj Al Arabi - Only in Dubai...

Of course, the name is a blatant rip-off off the original Burj Al Arab.

A 140m high, 35-storey commercial building planned in Dubai that is designed a man dressed in traditional Arab dress. Named the Burj Al Arabi, it has 400,000 square feet of built up area housing commercial offices and retail. The concrete and glass human-shaped building was set to book a place in the Guinness Book of World of Records. Thankfully, the project was torpedoed.

Now somehow doesn't that kind of look like a Lego Minifig?

Tianzi Hotel - Beijing, China

This 10-story building, standing at 46.1m holds the Guinness World Record for the "biggest image building". The 3 men featured are from chinese mythology, representing "good fortune, prosperity and longevity".

The top storey consists of a meeting room, the ninth is a "presidential suite" while the remaining floors consist of standard rooms. There is even a "longevity peach room", which is, guess? The peach! The windows to the rooms are hidden in the darken sleeves

It's so big you can even see it on google earth! Stop, and gawk.

Corpus Museum - Netherlands

Now how about a unique experience walking through the human body? This one-of-it's-kind museum in the world is designed to reflect the internal workings of the human body. Newly opened in 2008 by Queen Beatrix,it offers a variety of information and provides education and entertainment as well as a vast number of permanent and variable exhibitions.

The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World: The Great Monuments and How They Were Built
The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World: The Great Monuments and How They Were Built

This authoritative and profusely illustrated compendium celebrates the achievements of those ancient builders who created huge and impressive structures without the benefit of modern technology.


Some other weird buildings

Sheep building, Tirau, New Zealand

A wool and craft shop in the shape of a corrugated iron sheep building. If it doesn't get any better, this little town has the tourist visitor center built in the shape of a sheepdog. Seriously....

Holiday Inn Resort Gagudju Crocodile, Jabiru, Australia

What better way to build when you are located in a national park than to build your building in the form of one of the animals found there? As seen from google earth, the entire development looks like a giant crocodile from the air. Apparently, it's very popular with the children. Now that's cool.

The Merlion, Singapore

A cheesy tourist trap of a mythical creature dreamt up by the tourist promotion board, it sucks in clueless tourists to it's open mouth to have a view of the surrounding area. Very, very cheesy


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      8 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Wow! I enjoyed looking at the pictures you presented. I like reading the captions as well. You are right these are jaw dropping buildings. Amazing what architects can do. Teresa

    • The Rope profile image

      The Rope 

      9 years ago from SE US

      Great pics and explanations! I love architecture and seeing these got my brain going this morning. Thanks!


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