You can build some pretty crazy things out of Lego blocks. Starships. Space stations. Terminators. So, why not real houses?
China, which already boasts the three longest bridges over land, just toppled the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway in Louisiana to take the belt for the longest bridge over water, too. The country is now home to an impressive 26.4 miles of bridge over the Jiaozhou Bay, but that's not even the craziest part.
This beautiful building is the Zaued National Museum, currently under construction on Saadiyat Island, just outside of Abu Dhabi. Why do all the cool buildings get built in the UAE?
Looking at these strange, gravity-defying buildings makes one ponder: are the architects bored, on drugs or just plain crazy? No matter the state of mind of their creators, one thing is for sure--these structures certainly are crowd pleasers. Here's a rundown of our favorites from around the world.
This is not a concept. Repeat, this structure is not a concept. Okay, maybe it is right now, but it's a concept tower that is actually going to see the light of day. Taiwan's planning to build a 984-foot tower called the Taiwan Tower in Taichung — making it the tallest structure in that city.
A Russian company has unveiled plans to build a gigantic domed city in an abandoned diamond mine in Siberia.
This is the new Cinépolis Headquarters above the city of Morelia, Mexico, one of the largest cantilevered buildings around. Not only does it feature big chunks of the office space hanging out into thin air, it's also got all sorts of green features.
How small can a house be and still really be a living space? Closet-sized apartments in New York City and capsule hotels in Japan already seem to test those limits, but designer Michael Janzen is scaling it back even more with his Nine Tiny Feet Cabin.
Imagine a building that had windows that opened and closed without your help — and without motors — to keep a room at its optimal temperature. Or paper with ink that carried an electric charge. Both concepts sound crazy, but they're made possible with "NanoINK," a substance currently in development.
300 years from now when your best friends are an alien and a robot, you'll all be heading out to a house that looks like this for a furlough in the forest. Seriously, this thing doesn't look like it was built using today's materials, as almost nothing in the house is a straight line.