In recent years, a number of strange buildings, and monuments, have been built, some with the sole purpose of attracting tourists. While some of these constructions make sense, and even make a great holiday destination, others make us wonder how they were thought of to begin with. While we couldn’t list every unusual construction, below are 10 of the most unusual things built by humans.
Unusual things built by humans: World’s tallest chained carousel
Located in Vienna, Austria, this swing carousel called ‘Prater Turm’ is 117 metres tall and is operated by Funtime HandelsgmbH. Usually a fairground/theme park ride, the creators took it to the extreme. In September 2010, it was placed in the Guinness World Records.
This unique restaurant is located on a rocky island on the east coast of Zanzibar, and is the perfect place to relax with a glass of wine surrounded by the sea. Depending on the tide, the restaurant can be reached by foot or by boat.
Office of Selgas Cano
This aerodynamic office allows workers to feel as though they’re working in the middle of the forest. Dug into the ground, the office’s sunken floor gives employees an eye level view of the forest floor. Half of the office is made of windows, giving it amazing natural light during the day.
Star Sower Monument
In the city of Kaunas in Lithuania stands a very unusual statue. During the day, the monument seems to make no sense. During the night, however, all is revealed when you see the statue’s shadow.
The Tunnel Log
This unusual tunnel in California’s Sequoia National Park was carved from a fallen sequoia that fell across a road in Crescent Meadow in 1937. The tunnel has been in use since 1938, and measures 5 metres wide and 2.5 metres high.
Created by Bruno Catalano, these strange statues in France might make you do a double take. Their invisible bodies are said to represent a world citizen, or a metaphor depicting the missing things in an individual’s life.
The Happy Rizzi House
This colourful building in Braunschweig, Germany, was built in 2001 by German architect Konrad Kloster, and decorated by American pop artist James Rizzi. The building is located on the ruins of an ancient farm of a ducal palace, making it an important historical monument.
Over the Han River in Seoul, South Korea, is the Banpo Bridge. This is where you’ll find the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, the world’s longest bridge fountain. The fountain was installed in 2009 and stretches for more than 1 kilometre.
Balcony of Floor 103 of Sears Tower
Willis Tower, more commonly known as Sears Tower, boasts the best view of the city of Chicago from its 103rd floor. From the tallest building in the Western hemisphere, reaching 412 metres, visitors can step out a further 1.3 metres from the Skydeck in this glass box.
Crescent Moon Tower
Only in Dubai could we find a building in the shape of a crescent moon. The 33 story building is located on the banks of the Caspian Sea, and will accommodate a children’s library, a conference facility, a restaurant, cafes, and much more.