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The Strangest Structures Built Around the World!

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What are the strangest structures built in the world? Is it the lucky knot bridge in China? Or is it a house that looks like it’s melting?! Find out about the strangest looking structures all around the world in this video!

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Here are some of the strangest structures built around the world!

10 - Habitat 67, Montreal
Back in 1967, Canada was probably filled with excitement with the millions of visitors that had come to Expo 67, which was a Category One World’s Fair with 62 nations participating. One of the prime objectives was to showcase to the world a housing project designed by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshie Safdie. The government-funded project was called Habitat 67, which was a modern take on the urban housing that Canadians were used to see around town. Safdie's inspiration was a little known architectural movement called Metabolism, which believes in creating interconnected structures that look like they're living and breathing entities.
The project is regarded as both a success and a failure. Safdie's goal for the project to be affordable housing largely failed, as demand for the building's units had made them more expensive than originally planned. When the complex was finished, the government had set rent prices so high because of the demand, not many people could afford to live in the apartments. Although it seemed like a doomed creation as it ultimately failed to revolutionize affordable housing or launch a wave of prefabricated, modular homes as Safdie had envisioned, over time the apartment complex still holds to the concepts that were fundamental to its design, such as the themes of reimagining high-density housing and improving social integration through architecture.

9 - Minsk National Library, Belarus
Known as the largest compilation of Belarusian literature, Minsk National Library was originally created in 1922. In 2006, after a new addition was constructed, its popularity increased enormously. Why? Well, take a good look at the main thing standing on top of this structure. It's pretty much as abstract as its name, the rhombicuboctahedron. Yeah, that’s a lotta syllables right there. This thing up top is a geometric figure composed of 8 triangular sides and 18 squares!
This avant-garde design was created by architects Mihail Vinogradov and Viktor Kramarenko. The crown jewel of this 236-foot tall building that contains 22 levels of books, which is around 8.6 million books in case you were wondering, is the 500-seat auditorium. The rhombi... this THING on top has become a tourist spot so popular, that it prompted the Belarusian government to create a park surrounding the library grounds. They also decided to build an observation deck on top, that way visitors can get a good view of Minsk when they visit.

8 - Cubic Houses, Netherlands
In case you guys didn’t know it, Dutch or Scandinavian architects have sort of a reputation of being able to use their imagination in ways no one would've ever thought possible. This is the case of the Cubic Houses, located in the city of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. Designed and built by Piet Blom, the cube-shaped housing complex was a request by the Rotterdam town hall, which was trying to solve the city’s overcrowding issues. They were even creating houses on top of a pedestrian bridge. The tilted structures, along with their bright yellow coloring are definitely some crazy looking buildings that commands attention.
Made completely of concrete, from floor to ceiling, the houses are made up of three levels: a ground floor used as a living room area, a second floor for bedrooms and bathrooms, and a third level that can be used for whoever that lives there wants to do. The whole structure is angled, including its windows and walls, which means that the used living space can only amount to 25% of the structure's size.


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