Cubic houses, Rotterdam, Holland Kubuswoningen, or cube houses are the brainchild of architect Piet Bloom. Tilted at 45 degrees on a hexagon-shaped pylon, Bloom wanted to create some space in an area of high-density housing.
Crooked House, Sopot, Poland The three storey Crooked House was designed by Polish architect Szotynscy Zaleski and inspired by Jan Marcin Szancer‘s fairytale illustrations and the art of Per Dahlberg. It's become the country's most photographed building.
The Haines Shoe House, Hallem, Pennsylvania, USA Built by shoe salesman Mahlon Haines in 1948 to advertise his wares, this five storey curiosity has a living room in the toes, a kitchen in the heel, two bedrooms in the ankle and an ice cream shop in the instep.
The Manchester Central Library was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Its neo-classical grandeur hides the fact it was built in the 1930s. Britain from Above: Month by Month published by Dorling Kindersley
Only people with a real head for heights will dare to swim in the pool at The Holiday Inn Hotel in Shanghai. Part of the swimming pool, located on the 24th floor, extends over the side of the building and has a transparent bottom.