People have been sharing photos of the weird and wonderful buildings they have come across around the world.
Architecture aficionados have posted photos of quirky buildings on the ‘Bizarre Buildings’ subreddit. The trivia platform Bored Panda has collated its favourites in an online gallery.
Some designers have gone down a very literal route and created themed buildings, like a train museum shaped like a locomotive and a coastal ecology centre shaped like a crab.
Others have built imposing structures with dozens of windows at strange angles, while some simply defy gravity.
Here, FEMAIL shares some of the best examples…
People from all over the world have shared pictures of fascinating architecture on Bored Panda. In China, the new Ecology Centre is shaped like a crab
The Tianzi Hotel in China makes for an eye-catching attraction. It is shaped after a trio of ancient Chinese deities representing ‘the good life’
This store in Kyoto, Japan, fascinates passers-by with its facade, shaped like a face, where the door is a mouth. Would you go in?
Sydney’s University Of Technology’s Business School Building impresses with its peculiar shape, with its incomparable wavy walls
In Tirau, Waikato in New Zealand, this quirky building was aptly named the Sheep Building. It’s made up of a ewe and a ram sharing a glance
In Austria, this quirky art installation in the Belvedere Garden in Vienna looks like it was carved out of a cloud, or a marshmallow
Meow! This Kindergarten in Germany was shaped like a white, blue and yellow cat, and we’re sure the children must be feline it
You’d better not be scared of heights if you want to score one of the terrace apartments in this building complex In Guizhou, China
Can’t mistake it for another museum! In Azerbaijan, this amazing Carpet Museum is shaped like a rolled up golden Persian rug
In Singapore, this impressive apartment complex is known as the Interlace, and looks like a giant game of Jenga
Fishing for compliments? The Indian Department of Fisheries, located in Hyderabad, was built to look like an enormous white fish
All aboard! The beautiful rail museum in Tomobe, in Japan, also known as SL Kyuurokukan, was shaped to look like a brown locomotive
This Shell petrol station dating back to the 1930s was shaped exactly like the logo of the company, which is a yellow and red seashell
In Montpellier, in the South of France, this structure is called ‘Arbre Blanc’ – White Tree – and was designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto
This impressive house only counts five floors, but looks like it’s been extended throughout the years to fit more and more rooms
This church, nicknamed ‘Chicken Church’ is located in Java, Indonesia. It opened in 2000 and earned its name due to its shape, which resembles a hen
Sky’s the limit! In Chile, this impressive classic building was updated with light-reflecting glass windows that makes it almost indiscernible from the sky
In Okinama, this restaurant was built to resemble a giant tree-house. It has unfortunately been demolished since, but must have been very popular
The Frame, in Dubai, is a unique building. Visitors can take an elevator up, walk on a glass bridge and then take an elevator going down
In Gaffney, South Carolina, this water tower, which is a 41 metre tall, is shaped like a peach that would make Roald Dahl very happy
If you look at the masonry of this building, you can immediately see how it turned from a small house with a chimney to a bigger structure