People are weird and predictable, so it makes sense that the products of their imaginations are just as off the wall. These sorts of sudden bouts of creativity are usually limited to a weirdly poetic facebook post or a blog started and quickly abandoned after one post. But when an architect puts their mind to it we’re left with some truly bizarre products that hang around for years.
Inntel Hotel – Amsterdam
Based on traditional houses in the region the simply named Inntel is 100% quirk. 11 stories tall with 160 rooms this hotel opened in 2010 in Zaandam is already providing a draw card for tourists. This crazy fusion has created a link between old and new, as if it’s a scrap book of traditions.
I’m awarding bonus points to the tetris house on the far right hand side of the picture.
Lawn Home – Austria
Astroturf home for a single family anyone?Designed by Reinhold Weichlbauer and Albert Josef Ortis of Weichlbauer Ortis Architects, this home explores the connections between nature and architecture. It looks more like a weird puzzle home, with stairs leading nowhere and strange cubic extrusions.
Kunsthaus Graz – Austria
Art museums these days now how to go outrageous these days. This giant kidney/heart thing is the Graz Art Museum designed by Sir Peter Cook and Colin Fournier. Much like the Happy Rizzi House on the next page this “Friendly Alien,” as it’s known by the locals serves as a bridge between the old and the new areas of town. On it’s exterior are 1,288 semitransparent acrylic glass panels that generates energy with built-in photovoltaic panels.