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Funhouses Across the Globe

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Photo by mooncross

Posted on July 20, 2011 in Trip Ideas

Whatever your definition of a fun house, you might want to change it after seeing these photos. On trips across the world, our members came across these odd, interesting, and one-of-a-kind attractions. For a different kind of fun, take a moment with IgoUgo.

Imagine living in this odd Vienna apartment house (pictured above), where shrubbery and trees grow on and inside the building and grass blankets the rooftop. According to Joy S, it was “like nothing I had ever seen before. Imagine trees bubbling out of rooftops, tilting floors, mad yellow and white towers, patches of metal everywhere and you will come somewhere close to what the Hundertwasser house is like. It is probably the sort of architecture children would dream up.”

Photo by Zhebiton

Architect Piet Bloom’s Dutch cube design conceptualized the town of Rotterdam as a forest, with each cube or house standing in for an abstract tree. Thanks to the Stayokay Company -- which turned 2 of the cubes into a hostel -- you can rent a room and experience the design for yourself.

Photo by Heroine

The official name of this “Crazy House” is the Hang Nga. Its architect was Vietnam native Dang Viet Nga, who said he was inspired by Gaudi’s designs. Their Facebook page explains that “The building’s overall design resembles a giant tree, incorporating sculptured design elements representing natural forms such as animals, mushrooms, spider webs and caves.”

Photo by bri

In Monstanto, Portugal, the engineers built dwellings in the side of (and sometimes under, or even inside) the existing boulders.

Photo by maral

The town of Alberobello -- a UNESCO World Heritage site -- is known for its domed-roof houses. When Raycarstairs first saw them, he was fascinated: “During the course of the afternoon we were at pains to try to find the words to describe the trulli - 'like a fairytale', 'like something out of Hansel and Gretel'. However, if you've seen the Harry Potter films, then you'll know straight away where you think you've seen trulli - Hagrid's House, of course. Kids of all ages will love it!!”

More Great Cities in Europe
Photos of Amsterdam
Photos of Lisbon
Photos of Vienna

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