FRIDAY FUNNY: Some More Funny Facilities

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There was a crooked man and he walked a crooked mile. He found a crooked sixpence upon a crooked stile. He bought a crooked cat, which caught a crooked mouse. And they all lived together in a little crooked house. Here some of the most crazy, crooked buildings from around the world. Not so sure about the cats and mice, but one can only venture to guess what it would be like to live and work on one of these buildings. 1. Forest Spiral – Hundertwasser Building (Darmstadt, Germany) 2. The Basket Building (Ohio, United States)* 3. Kansas City Public Library (Missouri, United States) 4. Wonderworks (Orlando, Florida, United States) 5. Habitat 67 (Montreal, Canada) 6. Cubic Houses (Rotterdam, Netherlands) 7. Hang Nga Guesthou se a.k.a Crazy House (Vietnam) 8. The UFO House (Sanjhih, Taiwan) 9. Nakagin Capsule Tower (Tokyo, Japan) 10. Erwin Wurm: House Attack (Vienna, Austria) 11. Wooden Gagster House (Archangelsk, Russia) 12. Ripley’s Building (Ontario, Canada) * Also featured on FacilityBlog back in August 2008. Many thanks to Luann Rathemacher for passing this along! —— Afternoon Addendum! Working on the premise that “form follows function”, the Prada Transformer in South Korea is a shape shifting building that can be reconfigured to accommodate art, film, fashion, and other types of specialized events.

The shape shifting Prada Transformer

The shape shifting Prada Transformer

Opened yesterday housing a fashion exhibit, the all white exterior belies its chameleonesque quality. It can take on four shapes— hexagon, cross, rectangle, and circle. Construction cranes lift and rotate the steel-framed structure into different facades and floor plate configurations to create the desired shape. According to the building’s official site, the general contractor, Eunmin S&D, completed the first full rotation test earlier this month. The Office for Metropolitan Architecture based in the Netherlands designed the Prada Transformer. The firm’s website features illustrations of the structure’s contortions, along with a few interior renderings. Interesting to see what can be done today!

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