In this hilarious series we catalogue structural designs that should've never seen the light of day. Or, even if they were designed properly and within reasonable skill, then apparently something BAD happened on the way to their completion.
Perhaps a drunk worker, or an overly motivated one with a twisted imagination? Either way, these building ended up to be a visual abomination... the only hope remains that they would not stand long, as they are probably structurally compromised and unsafe to boot.
We'll start with buildings, then progress to sculptures, pipework and, worst of all, precarious stairs and elevators.
(Beautiful! Complete with the appeal to some mysterious Lucy)
On the left is weird building in Lagos, Nigeria. On the right is "cat" house in Japan:
"Last summer on our road trip in Balkan area we came across this weird concrete ship in the middle of Albanian countryside..." - says Joonas Antikainen, who sent us this picture:
... or you can keep buildings together like this (seen in China):
"Best Western" has one window clearly out of line -
(top right image: it actually adds some visual interest!)
Strange, but perhaps... beautiful to some people?
Outrageous splash of blue in the sea of grey (left); on the right is a house made from a wrecked ship in Kazakhstan:
Awesome surreal sculpture seen inside Keisei Ueno station in Tokyo:
This. is. Weird:
This is Torre de la Escollera tower construction in Cartagena, Colombia. The tall structure was predictably buffeted by winds, which caused torsion and out-of-shape twist of one meter - leading to construction suspension, and eventual demolition in 2007:
It happened in the city of Liuzhou, China, during the controlled demolition that went wrong. No lives were lost, fortunately. But one half of the building remained standing, leaning precariously. Pedestrians do not seem to mind too much.
Here is another faulty construction which resulted in demolition of skyscraper, reportedly worth 100 million dollars. This high-rise condominium in South Padre Island, Texas, "was to be opened in 2008. The building began to have settling problems. It sunk as much as 14 inches." See the video of its demolition:
The picture above is taken from a fascinating trip to the abandonded sugar-producing factory, a visual treat in itself - see here (in Russian).
More dubious supports:
This crane is going to stand! We promise! -
Bridge made out of old rusty train cars? Sure, why not -
Here are some creative construction workers... from Russia, of course. Can you tell the difference between the tiles in the image below? If you look closely you will notice that some are tiles... and some are just lines drawn in the concrete with a stick!
A lot of what you've seen has been thankfully unfinished and left for good. For some FINISHED mad architectural masterpieces, head over to this page.
Seeing all these adventures in hazardous architecture and structural design, I can't help but wonder what weird shape will be used for a building next? Perhaps a question mark? (surely, gravity will cooperate!) -
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