Image: Akademi Fantasia
Architectural achievements in any given region are an important aspect of its culture and identity, as well as a means to improve the economy via tourism. These examples of unusual architecture across the globe are monuments to the creative ingenuity of humankind.
Pictured above is the "Crooked House" in Sopot, Poland, built in 2004 as a tribute to children's book illustrator Jan Marcin Szancer. Designed by architects Szotyńscy & Zaleski, the 43,000-square-foot structure houses a shopping center.
See the other striking structures featured in the article "25 Creative Buildings Around the World" here.
Barcode Buildiing ~ St. Petersburg, Russia
Image: Funny Buildings
Atomium ~ Brussels, Belgium
Image: joeri Goossens via Panoramio
Crazy House ~ Dalat, Vietnam
Photo via: Mimoa
Basque Health Department Headquarters ~ BilBao, Spain