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80 Whimsical Architectural Structures

From Whimsical Eco-Home Concepts to Cloud-Inspired Dwellings

— August 30, 2013 — Art & Design
These whimsical architectural structures are some stunning examples of how surreal and fairytale-like designs can make for a visually mesmerizing building.

Modern day architects are constantly striving to create designs that are new, inventive and visually appealing, which often means having to draw inspiration from all sorts of eccentric or bizarre places. These whimsical architectural structures are showcasing some magical buildings that seem more fitted for storybooks and dreams than ordinary everyday life. By incorporating such features as beautifully curved designs, vibrant colors and eccentric shapes, these whimsical pieces of architecture are able to draw in people's gazes with its imaginative references.

From fluorescent medical hospitals to surreal LEGO cityscapes, these whimsical architectural structures will definitely have anyone who passes by stunned and amazed.
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Cheesy Cultural Centers
Cheesy Cultural Centers
The Fai-Fah Prachautis Takes on a Deliciously Contemporary Appearance
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Electric-Hued Education Centers
Electric-Hued Education Centers
The L’École Polyvale Claude Bernard Makes Learning Fun
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Mesmerizing Shadow Bubble Displays
Mesmerizing Shadow Bubble Displays
The Color-Changing Bubbles are a Magical Sight to Explore
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Real-Life Toy Car Ramps
Real-Life Toy Car Ramps
The Double Loop Dare Brings Hot Wheels to Life
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Looping Timber Pavilions
Looping Timber Pavilions
The Ribbon Folly is a Delightful Fixture in the Contemporary Cityscape
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75
Luminous Geometric Salons
Luminous Geometric Salons
ROW Studio Turns a Mundane Room into Popping Shapes and Hues
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Water-Reflected Architecture
Water-Reflected Architecture
The National Archives of France Building Features Fluid Seperations
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Vine-Resembling Rest Stations
Vine-Resembling Rest Stations
This Design Takes an Extravagant Take on the Traditional Metal Arbor
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Whimsical Watery Urbanism
Whimsical Watery Urbanism
'City on the Sea' Imagines a Shanghai that Embraces Rising Shores
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Nomadic Atmospheric Neighborhoods
Nomadic Atmospheric Neighborhoods
Cloud Skippers Communities Live Sustainably Suspended in Mid-Air
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Sleek Sci-Fi Prisons
Sleek Sci-Fi Prisons
The 499.summit Concept by Greg Knobloch and Andreas Tjeldflaat is Futuristic
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Glowing Translucent Structures
Glowing Translucent Structures
Hidemi Nishida's Fragile Shelter Looks Like an Oversized Lantern
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Weaved Twig Architecture
Weaved Twig Architecture
Artist Patrick Dougherty Creates ‘Ballroom’ Structure
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Abstracted Corridor Architecture
Abstracted Corridor Architecture
Working Blue Appears to Comprise Vertically Oriented Hallways
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Whimsical Work Environments
Whimsical Work Environments
The 'Ocean of Dots' Office by Matsuya Art Works is Dynamic
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Reinventing British Beach Huts
Reinventing British Beach Huts
Bathing Beauties Festival Architecture
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Cloud-Inspired Dwellings
Cloud-Inspired Dwellings
This Clever Cloud Cabin Offers a Unique Sleeping Experience
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Extravagant Canadian Ice Hotels
Extravagant Canadian Ice Hotels
Quebec's Hôtel de Glace is a Whimsical Winter Wonderland
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Redesigning the Merry-Go-Round for the Twenty First Century
Redesigning the Merry-Go-Round for the Twenty First Century
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Whimsical Y-Shaped Dwellings
Whimsical Y-Shaped Dwellings
House H has a Unique Spatial Arrangement Under Slingshot Pillars
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Octagonal Tunnel Boutiques
Octagonal Tunnel Boutiques
The LN-CC Store Will Take Shoppers On a Surreal Journey
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Geometric Insect-Like Housing
Geometric Insect-Like Housing
Terunobu Fujimori's Beetle House is a Surreal Architectural Creation
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Fairytale-Inspired Houses
Fairytale-Inspired Houses
A House for Essex by FAT and Grayson Perry Looks Straight From a Story
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Bright Umbrella Projects
Bright Umbrella Projects
The Centro Abierto de Actividades Ciudadanas Adds Color
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Bright Bottle Chapels
Bright Bottle Chapels
The Whimsical ‘Airlie Gardens' by Virginia Wright-Frierson
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Stunning Stained-Glass Homes
Stunning Stained-Glass Homes
The BOFFO Show House Embraces One’s Imagination
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Gilded Window Frames
Gilded Window Frames
Housing Project in Helsingborg Features Whimsical Detailing
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Artistic Architecture
Artistic Architecture
Nhow Berlin is Being Touted as Europe's First Music Hotel
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Inverted Mountain Ceilings
Inverted Mountain Ceilings
'If Dogs Run Free' Bar Houses a Space for Artistic Expression
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Topsy-Turvy Architecture
Topsy-Turvy Architecture
The Upside Down House in Terfens, Austria is Disorienting
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Woven Willow Artwork
Woven Willow Artwork
Laura Bacon Creates Monumental Artworks by Weaving Branches Together
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Bamboo Woven Canopies
Bamboo Woven Canopies
The Pulse Pavilion Boasts a Latticed Framework
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Rockin' Hotel Expansions
Rockin' Hotel Expansions
Plans for the New Las Vegas Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
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Architectural Fantasy Exhibits
Architectural Fantasy Exhibits
NL Architects at Venice Biennale
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Whimsical Eco-Home Concepts
Whimsical Eco-Home Concepts
This Home-Scape Building System by Michael Jantzen is Eco-Friendly
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Extreme Moonlit Activities
Extreme Moonlit Activities
Volcano Hikes, Night Safaris, After-Dark Markets
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Whimsical Medical Spaces
Whimsical Medical Spaces
The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne is Imaginative and Fun
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Sci-Fi Cantilevered Structures
Sci-Fi Cantilevered Structures
The EYE Film Institute Netherlands is Strikingly Futuristic
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Sinuous Canopy Creations
Sinuous Canopy Creations
The Trailfinders Australian Garden is Organically Sculptural
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Mind-Bending Surrealist Libraries
Mind-Bending Surrealist Libraries
Avondale Heights Library Offsets Simple Design with Bold Colors
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Urban Jungle Architecture
Urban Jungle Architecture
The HWKN MEtreePOLIS Aims for an Organic Utopian Urban Design Strategy
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Camouflaged Kaleidoscope Structures
Camouflaged Kaleidoscope Structures
The Assembly One Pavilion Pushes Visual Boundaries
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Colorful Curving Constructions
Colorful Curving Constructions
The Pulgon Diseno Spanish Pavilion is Architecturally Striking
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Inflatable Icicle Structures
Inflatable Icicle Structures
The Drift Installation by Snarkitecture Takes Inspiration From Nature
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Stringy Spectral Playgrounds
Stringy Spectral Playgrounds
The Rainbow Ropes Project Envisions Colorful and Dynamic Urban Spaces
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Surrealist Staircase Installations
Surrealist Staircase Installations
Beautiful Steps by Lang-Baumann Spiral with Surrealism
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Technicolor Steps
Technicolor Steps
The John Jones Framed Staircase at V&A Lets You Walk on the Rainbow
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Surreal LEGO Cityscapes
Surreal LEGO Cityscapes
The Habit Makes Us Blind Project Builds Urban Planning Awareness
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Never Neverland Houses
Never Neverland Houses
A Home in Ibiza, Spain, by Andrés Jaque Architects
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Mirrored Canopy Structures
Mirrored Canopy Structures
The Port Vieux Pavilion is Reminiscent of Chicago's Cloud Gate
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Smoldering Train Stations
Smoldering Train Stations
The Anisotropic by Handan Yalki Takes its Form from Curling Flames
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Teepee Towers
Teepee Towers
The Swedish Ski Resort is a Little Boy's Fantasy Playground
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Enchanting Fairytale Resorts
Enchanting Fairytale Resorts
La Balade Des Gnomes is a Fantasy Themed Rustic Retreat
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Surreal Sprouting Structures
Surreal Sprouting Structures
Victor Enrich Creates Unreal Architecture That Pushes Boundaries
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Arboreal Abode Publications
Arboreal Abode Publications
Philip Jodidio Focuses on Fantasy Tree Houses in His New Book
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Snail-Shaped Residences
Snail-Shaped Residences
The Nautilus by Javier Senosiain is a Small But Fascinating Space
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Human-Integrated Cityscape Illustrations
Human-Integrated Cityscape Illustrations
Tomek Setowski Depicts Metropolises Embedded into People
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Mystical Art Abodes
Mystical Art Abodes
The Sculptural Home by A-cero is a Residence Ready to be Explored
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Gravity-Defying Bookstores
Gravity-Defying Bookstores
The Archizines Pop-Up Shop is Conceptually Mind-Boggling
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Castle & Palace Hotels
Castle & Palace Hotels
Global Fairytale Escapes
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Sinuous Futuristic Malls
Sinuous Futuristic Malls
The Galaxy Soho by Zaha Hadid is a Surreal Beijing Structure
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Kid-Friendly Cafes
Kid-Friendly Cafes
The Phill Restaurant by Nuca Studio Features a Whimsical Concept
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Cubic Fairytale Architecture
Cubic Fairytale Architecture
Russia Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010 Inspired by Tradition
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Glass Monument Museums
Glass Monument Museums
The Salvador Dali Museum is a Piece of Architecture with Many Mediums
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Sustainable Childhood Fantasy Homes
Sustainable Childhood Fantasy Homes
J.K Rowling's Proposed 40 Ft Tree House is Fantastic
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Woven Wood Ceilings
Woven Wood Ceilings
The Ikibana Restaurant by El Equipo Creativo is Whimsical and Warm
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Creepy Tree Hotels
Creepy Tree Hotels
The Crazy House by Hang Nga Seems Inspired by Famed Antoni Gaudi
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Dr. Seuss Homesteads
Dr. Seuss Homesteads
The Stamberg Aferiat House is Topsy-Turvy
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Fairytale Garden Castles
Fairytale Garden Castles
Dreaming Spires Willow Playhouses are Designed for Imaginative Play
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Epic Indoor Treehouses
Epic Indoor Treehouses
Shelter of Nostalgia Takes Adults Back in Time with Every Ascending Step
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Floating Lotus Cabins
Floating Lotus Cabins
Fiorella by Hyun-Seok Kim is Like a Whimsical Picnic Spot
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Abridged Abodes
Abridged Abodes
Bridge Homes, Like those by H3ar, Let You Live on the Water
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Artistic Mosaic Stairs
Artistic Mosaic Stairs
The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps in San Francisco is Vibrantly Colorful
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Playground Bookstores
Playground Bookstores
Kid's Republic in Beijing Offers a Fun Way to Learn
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Curving Cumulus Cottages
Curving Cumulus Cottages
The McBride Charles Ryan Cloud House is Whimsical
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Fairytale-Themed Stores
Fairytale-Themed Stores
'Mood Swings Apartment' Revisits Alice in Wonderland
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Accordian Architecture
Accordian Architecture
The Condesa DF Hotel Has a Courtyard of Folding Facades
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Lace-Pattern Architecture
Lace-Pattern Architecture
The XTEN 'Sapphire Gallery' Accommodates Fairy Tale Art
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Fantasy-Filled Architecture
Fantasy-Filled Architecture
Dalki Theme Park Encourages Creativity in Children
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Freight-Hauled Homes
Freight-Hauled Homes
The Patrick Partouche 'Container House' is Modernly Made of Eight Pieces
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