It's not every day that you see an apartment building that qualifies as truly weird. Architects are always looking to push the envelope and create something that's truly head-turning, gravity-defying, and even stomach-turning (or perhaps all of the above), and then comes the question of who would want to live in them?Perhaps you're looking for a living situation that has real character, and you're the kind of person who loves the attention. Here are ten of the weirdest apartment buildings we've found on the internet, and as far as we can tell, they're all real.
Chicagoans (like us) are used to seeing Marina City tower apartments, otherwise known as "the corn cob". Jutting out along Chicago's Lakeshore Drive, the two textured towers look like nothing else in the city. Designed by architect Bertrand Goldberg, the mixed-use towers opened in the 1960s. It's so unique that it has been designated a Chicago landmark. Marina City has two 587-foot, 65-story apartment towers, a hotel, an auditorium, and parking floors (which even had a cameo in the Blues Brothers movie where a car flew off one of the decks).
Holland is a unique and beautiful place, and the truly special Cubehouse in the center of Rotterdam is a fine example of that. The modern designed apartment was created by architect Piet Blom and consists of units with three floors, 360-degree panoramic views, and ample amounts of open space replete with primary and guest bedrooms, unique interior angles, plenty of bright colors, as well as optimization of space in an urban environment.
Yes, these squared-off apartment units bowed back in 1967, but they still look as modern as ever. They were actually Introduced as a concept at the 1967 World's Fair by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie. They look so fresh, they might as well have been built in the 21st century. Habitat 67 actually consist of 148 units that are almost haphazardly stacked on top of or around each other with different facade depths and what appear to be unique windows for just about every apartment. Our big question is how you get to some of these units from inside because it almost looks like you have to go through someone else's to get to yours.
The Turning Torso is actually the tallest building in Sweden. Designed by, the renowned Spanish sculptor and architect Santiago Calatrava, the Torso is actually a skyscraper that looks like its in constant rotation based on the twist built int and the reflection of light on the facade. The design was meant to mimic a twisting human figure with its aluminum panels, flat glass, and 54 stories. Inside, you'll find both apartments for rent and condos for purchase, and there's also a restaurant, a private club, and an observation deck.
Designed by Ole Scheeren, the Interlace is truly unique in the Singaporean landscape because it's more of an open-air lattice look than a high rise that's typical of the Southeast Asian country. There are apartments, condos, large common areas, and tons of interwoven natural landscapes. The hexagonal setup might seem random, but there's a rhyme to the beauty. There are actually thirty-one, six-story apartment blocks, eight huge courtyards, and sky gardens. This is one apartment complex we could see ourselves in.
Looking more like a set of huge kids playing blocks than an apartment complex, Spectrum Apartments lights up the night sky with color galore. Made up of 71 airy apartments, the building has five stories that have multiple facade angles that add dimension to the already dramatic building. It was designed by Kavellaris Urban Design, and the results speak for themselves. Each apartment has a balcony built into the cube structure, giving it a cohesiveness that makes this multi-faceted building even more stunning.
The Wave looks like a surfer's dream with its undulating roofline and the massive 14,000 square meters of area. The Wave was dreamt up by architect Henning Larsen, and it has 100 apartment units in the five-tower, nine-floor structures. The highest point in each tower has a double-floor penthous apartment at the very top, which is very exclusive and provides the best Vejle waterfront views. The Wave is made with panels of terracotta cladding that form the seemingly one-piece roof.