Crazy House, Delat, Vietnam
Đặng Việt Nga designed and constructed the Hằng Nga guesthouse in Vietnam, which has attracted attention since its opening in 1990. From the outside it looks like a giant tree but it gets pretty surreal after that. It gets described as a fairy tale house and it uses few right angles. It boasts 10 themed guest rooms like a kangaroo room and an eagle room.
Le Havre, Normandy, France
The Futuro used a four-legged base that claimed it was adaptable to any terrain — from flat ground to a 20 degree incline — in marketing material. Futuros are known to drop into different towns. This one appeared in France in early July.
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The Dancing House
The Dancing House (nicknamed “Fred and Ginger” because it resembles two people dancing like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers), designed by architects Vlado Milunić and Frank Gehry in Prague, rose up from a spot that got bombed in 1945 by the U.S. Vaclav Havel, a dissident when the former Soviet Union controlled Czechoslovakia and the first president of Czechoslovakia following the Velvet Revolution that led to the country’s independence, lived next to the site growing up. Havel supported the project when Milunić first talked about it. The building contrasts the pristine Gothic, Neo-Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings throughout the city. It’s also a response to the Eastern Bloc buildings that sprouted up during communism. It signals a shift from rigidity.
Gehry came on board for the project and ING, which owned the adjoining building, funded the project. The project started in 1994 and completed in 1996. It’s said to be deconstructivist architecture, which moves away from symmetrical design. Check out the most popular architectural styles in the U.S.