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Weird Buildings (Odd Forms / Features; Novelty Architecture)


I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...
Jul 19, 2004
Out of Bounds
This novelty shoe-shaped house in Pennsylvania has been renovated and made available for short-term rental ...

Shoe-shaped house in Pennsylvania now available for short stays

The new owners of an unusual shoe-shaped Pennsylvania house built in 1948 announced the facility is now available to rent for short-term accommodations.

Waylon and Naomi Brown purchased Hellam Township's Haines Shoe House in July and they announced on Facebook the house is now available for short-term rentals on Vrbo. ...

The house was built in 1948 to promote Mahlon Haines' chain of shoe stores and it has since gone through multiple owners and served as a honeymoon suite, an ice cream shop and a tourist attraction.

The house was renovated by the Browns. Its three bedrooms, which are all filled with shoe memorabilia, have been dubbed "Shoelace Space," "Instep Suite" and "Ankle Abode." ...
FULL STORY: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2022/1...available-for-short-term-stays/9351667937452/


Justified & Ancient
Jan 22, 2016
Technically not buildings as they were never built are the grand concepts of 18th century visionary architect Étienne-Louis Boullée. Truly awesome, most are ridiculously enormous, yet appealing nonetheless. Here is a video overview:

(I feel compelled to mention that at least one commentator sees the "nighttime" illumination of the Newton cenotaph as an alternate concept, not a part of the original design. I tend to agree.)

When first looking at Boullée's work, I felt it reminded me of something. I eventually realized it was the work of artist and humorist Bruce McCall. A link to a reproduction of a favorite National Lampoon piece (R.M.S. ‘Tyrannic’ - 'The Biggest Thing In All The World’) is below.

Lord Lucan

Justified & Ancient
Feb 17, 2017
With the World Cup presently ongoing in Qatar, I was looking at hotels in Doha if ever we were to pass through and saw this gleaming example of modern architecture. Weird, yes, odd of form, indeed, a novelty? Doubtful. But spectacular none the less.

Raffles - Doha: