Like any other art form, architecture has its masterpieces also. While many great buildings around the world are characterized by distinct architectural styles, others can be described as they have their unique style. When architects are given the total freedom to create, the most interesting and unusual buildings are designed. There are a few of the most impressive and bizarre buildings ever designed in Europe that you can visit.
The Cube Houses in Rotterdam and Helmond
The Cube Houses or as they are called in Dutch “Kubuswoningen” are some of the most unusual buildings you can find in Europe. They were built in Rotterdam (1984) and Helmond (1977), the Netherlands. The buildings were designed by architect Piet Blom who was working according to the concept of ‘living on the roof of the city’. One of the most famous landmarks of these cities, the houses are a set of lined angled cubes rotated 45 degrees. Built more than 30 years ago, these houses have become a popular tourist attraction. This unusual design is made to optimize the free space inside the home. A total of 38 houses were built, as well as two more known as super-cubes. All the houses are connected by terraces, and one of them has been turned into a museum that could be explored by curious visitors.
Monument to the Revolution in Croatia
The Monument to the Revolution is another unusual building in Europe. Officially known as the Monument to the Revolution of the people of Moslavina, it is a World War II memorial sculpture located in Podgarić, Berek municipality, Croatia. It was built to commemorate the local community uprising against Ustaše Croatian fascist party forces in the Moslavina and Zagreb region during World War II in Croatia known as the National Liberation. The monument was designed by Dušan Džamonja. It is about 10 meters high, and 20 meters wide, made of concrete and based on steel reinforcement with aluminum sheets.
Crooked House in Poland
The Crooked House, or Krzywy Domek in Polish, is one more crazy example of great freedom and creativity. The building is located in Sopot, Poland, and it was built in 2004. The building was designed by Szotyńscy & Zaleski, inspired by drawings and illustrations from the tales of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg. The building, which is a part of the Rezydent shopping mall, has restaurants, shops and even a radio station inside. It is one of the most recognizable spots of the city.
Stone House in the Fafe Mountains, Portugal
The Casa do Penedo is another very unusual building. Today, the architectural monument is located between Celorico de Basto and Fafe, in northern Portugal. The name comes from the fact that the building is built between large stones that serve as the foundation, most of the walls and even as a part of the ceiling. Construction began in the early 1970s, and all works took about two years as it was completed in 1974. Originally, built as a holiday home, today it is a museum of relics and photographs.