We’ve always been passionate about architecture, and are always on the lookout for great examples of innovative design that pushes boundaries and offers something a little different.
Therefore when we come across great buildings, we love to share them, especially those with interesting back stories. We’ve rounded up 8 that we’ve found that are in seemingly impossible places which gives them even more character and appeal.
Colorado River Bridge Hotel
The Colorado River Bridge Hotel is a so-far speculative project from the zany architect Michael Jantzen, and not the last on this list.
It is designed to be eco friendly, with a water turbine in the river, a gym that helps to power the hotel when used, and a host of other eco features spanning across it’s several hundred rooms, shops and facilities.
The dangly bits you see at the bottom are capsules which in which guests can descend to see the view in the river gorge.
Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, USA
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Fallingwater (also known as the Kaufmann Residence) is a house built partly over a waterfall in south-western Pennsylvania. Since its construction in 1935, the house has had more than 150,000 visitors each year, as it was opened to the public in 1964.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
Ithaa – which translates to Mother-of-Pearl in Dhivehi – is the world’s first underwater restaurant. It seats 14 people and also caters to weddings and private parties, where you will feast on contemporary European and Asian cuisine.
Yellow Treehouse Café, Auckland, New Zealand
Built by Yellow in 2008, access to the treehouse cafe in a redwood tree is provided by a treetop walkway. In the pod, 30 guests can be seated and enjoy the fact that it is fully licensed and it can be hired for private venues.
Utter Inn, Västerås, Sweden
The Utter Inn (or in English, Otter Inn) is an underwater accommodation available to the public. It was designed by artist Mikael Genberg, and it features a small, typical looking Swedish house with a ‘secret’ room under the water.
The Old Mill of Vernon, Vernon, France
The Old Mill of Vernon has been the source of inspiration for many artists, due to its half-timbered construction which lies across two piers of the ancient bridge, over the river Seine. The most famous representation is a painting by Claude Monet, titled ‘Houses on the Old Bridge at Vernon’, which is displayed at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Free Spirit Spheres, Vancouver, Canada
The four spheres that are set among the tall trees of the west coast rainforest of Vancouver Island, Canada are often dubbed as the ‘treehouse experience for adults’. The company behind the spheres invite you to experience a ‘truly unique place in the world’.
Spitbank Fort, Portsmouth, UK
Spitbank Fort is a sea fort built as a result of the 1859 Royal Commission located in the Solent near Portsmouth in England. The Fort has been transformed by current owners Clarenco LLP, and it is now a luxury hotel that has 8 bedroom suites, a pool and bar.
Villa Amanzi, Phuket, Thailand
Quite easily one of the most breathtaking hotels on the globe, Thailand’s Villa Amanzi is a six bedroom residence with a 15m infinity pool and breathtaking views over the Andaman Sea. It is literally located on the vantage point, so views are unspoilt.