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30 Examples Of Weird And Bad Architecture, As Shared On This Twitter Page

People build their houses for themselves, and if they like some weird designs, it seems perfectly fine to me! But this Twitter account is not having anything less than perfect. The creator of this Twitter page says “I review cheaply designed buildings online. Loves good architecture and loathes walmartification and awful design.”

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50 Times Architects Really Outdid Themselves And People Celebrated Their Works Online

Architecture is meant to fulfill both practical and expressive requirements, and thus it serves both utilitarian and aesthetic purposes. When you look at a structure, you can distinguish these two ends but they cannot be separated, and the relative weight each of them carry can vary widely. Plus, every society has its own, unique relationship to the natural world and its architecture usually reflects that as well, allowing people from other places to learn about their environment, as well as history, ceremonies, artistic sensibility, and many aspects of daily life.

However, architecture is better seen, not described. So, let me introduce you to “the beautiful impossibilities that we want to live in“, a subreddit dedicated to high-quality images of some of the most impressive (concept) buildings out there. This online community already has over 617K members, and the pictures they share are absolutely gorgeous. Continue scrolling and take a look!

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Someone Is Selling A Gigantic Cave Home For $2.5 Million And Its Interior Is Even More Amazing Than The Exterior

Do you know any Bond villains that are looking for a new home? The Beckham Creek Cave Lodge located in Arkansas might be the perfect place for them.

The 6,000 sq. ft. lodge started as a bomb shelter but was repurposed into a luxury hotel in the 80’s. It is carved inside a giant rock, has it’s own waterfall and helipad, and one night’s stay costs $1200. And if you think it looks like your dream home (or dream villain lair), you’re in luck – the owner is currently selling it! But keep in mind – the starting bid is a whopping $2.5 million.

Check out the amazing lodge, nicknamed the ‘World’s most luxurious cave’ in the gallery below!

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The cave in which the lodge is built was used for exploration since the early 1800s, and was only repurposed in 1983

The cave along with a 240-acre spread was purchased by Celestial Tea co-founder John Hay for $146,000

Hay believed the cave could be an amazing hideout in case things heated up during the Cold War

Four years and $2 million later, he had converted the cave into a bomb shelter

In 1988, an article in People’s magazine stated: “First, 20 laborers removed 250 million years worth of silt from the subterranean chamber”

“The cave’s mouth was then covered with three-foot-thick concrete walls and faced with quarried stone”

“Openings were left for windows for the oak-paneled kitchen and living room and for an arched, walnut-framed entrance way”

“In the event of the Holocaust, all these openings can be sealed with concrete blocks”

“Inside, Hay followed the cave’s natural, high-roofed contours “The architect was God,” he said”. The cave even has a natural waterfall inside

After the end of Cold War, Hay no longer needed the shelter and sold it

The current owner of “World’s most luxurious cave” has listed the property for sale again

And now it can be yours for a whopping $2.75 million

This gigantic cave home has four bedrooms and four bathrooms

It has everything a modern home needs, including a 75-inch LED TV in the living room

Thermal heating will keep you warm and cozy in the living area

It also features a state-of-the-art kitchen with a large custom-built wooden bar for guests to come and gather around

All rooms feature natural rock formations since most of the cave was preserved during all phases of building and remodeling

The master bedroom includes a unique round queen-sized bed and a spa-like private bathroom, all surrounded by the natural formations of the cave

Rock walls and overhead rain showers provide a waterfall-like experience when showering

All 4 bedrooms are unique and offer queen-sized beds, exposed cavern walls, and lavish bathrooms

When outside, you can grill up a steak in a stone fireplace while watching the amazing view from the front deck

The cave even has it’s own helipad in case you need a place to park your chopper!

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The Most Beautiful Place of Worship in Every State

Not only are these structures spectacular, but they’re designed by such high profile architects as Eero Saarinen, Moshe Safdie, and Frank Lloyd Wright


From coast to coast, places of worship span nearly every architectural style, whether it’s a futuristic church in rural Indiana designed by one of Finland’s greatest architects (Eero Saarinen) or the recently restored Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Unity Temple in suburban Chicago. Mormon temples’ spires soar into the skyline and some Jewish temples are shapely in style, whether it’s a modern box or in perfect pitch with Feng Shui’s curvy chi. And no matter how many decades it’s been since their construction, a tiny steeple in the woods will never slip out of vogue.

St. Lawrence Catholic Parish (Fairhope, Alabama)
With its all-wood interior, and pendant lighting, plus the octagon-shaped elevated skylight, morning sun pours into St. Lawrence Catholic Parish’s interior, reflecting off the stained-glass windows.


Church of the Holy Ascension (Unalaska Island, Aleutian Islands, Alaska)
Photographed as often as the state’s moose population, this church’s Russian icons date back to the 16th century (including a mural gifted by Russia’s last czar) and services are in Slavonic. Built in 1896, the church received a full restoration 100 years later.

Photo: Getty Images/Dmitri Kessel


First Christian Church of Phoenix (Arizona)
Based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s drawings—commissioned by Southwest Christian Seminary in 1949 but never built—First Christian Church of Phoenix’s triangle-shaped building with a 77-foot-tall spire has been a must-see for design fans since its 1973 completion. There’s also a free-standing 120-foot bell tower.

Photo: Getty Images/UIG


Eureka Springs, Arkansas (Thorncrown Chapel)
Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic Prairie style, this 37-year-old Thorncrown Chapel crafted from mostly Southern pine wood and featuring a staggering 425 windows is on the National Register of Historic Places (a rare feat considering its age).



Temple Judea (Tarzana, California)
Earning the Herman Coliver Locus Architecture award from the AIA in 2012, the year it was completed, Temple Judea’s striking exterior includes mosaic steps and a laser-cut metal veil of Hebrew letters.

Photo: Courtesy of Herman Coliver Locus Architecture


Mile Hi Church Sanctuary (Lakewood, Colorado)
The spaceship-like design of Mile Hi Church Sanctuary, completed in 2008, features a dome with exterior arches—just like another dome structure constructed on the property during the 1970s. Sanctuary seating is angled on a half-moon curve. Pictures is the Community Center which stands adjacent to the Sanctuary.

Photo: Courtesy of Mile Hi Church MOS Photo Team


Hartford Connecticut LDS Temple (Connecticut)
With formal gardens in front, the Hartford Connecticut LDS Temple boasts an elegant entry. Once inside, this new temple (open since 2016) features gold Art Deco-like railings around the bapistry area and soaring ceilings with crown molding in the Celestial Room.

Photo: Courtesy of Hartford Connecticut LDS Temple


Historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (Lewes, Delaware)
Dating back to 1708, the churchyard (resting places for many notables in Lewes) in front of Historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is framed by a wrought-iron archway and then, beyond, is the brick chapel (built a century later). The original communion table is still in use for Sunday service.

Photo: Getty Images/John Greim

St. Bernard de Clairvaux (North Miami Beach, Florida)
St. Bernard de Clairvaux is more widely known to tourists than parishioners (for Sunday-morning mass). During the 1920s, William Randolph Hearst bought the stone monastery cloister (dating back to 1133 AD in Spain) and shuttled it to New York City in parts. Not until the middle of last century, however, was it reinstalled in Florida.


Emmanuel Episcopal Church (Athens, Georgia)
Crisscrossed wood beams and pendant lighting brighten up the interior of this Episcopal church’s new chapel in a recent renovation, recognized by AIA for the Faith & Forum National Design Award for Religious Architecture. (The church dates back to the 1890s.)

Photo: Courtesy of Houser Walker


St. Benedict’s (Captain Cook, Big Island, Hawaii)
Past its traditional Spanish Gothic exterior, St. Benedict’s—framed by lush tropical landscaping—is a tapestry of murals, frescos and folk art on the inside. Built by a priest in 1899 who also wanted to add colorful accents, he used the art to teach spiritual lessons to illiterate Hawaiians.

Photo: Getty Images/John S. Lander


First Indian Presbyterian (Kamiah, Idaho)
With its cornflower-blue exterior and charming Gothic Revival design, First Indian Presbyterian’s prairie perch is fitting. It was built in 1871 by the chief of an Indian tribe and still meets today, singing hymns in the Nez Perce language.

Photo: Getty Images/Francis Dean


Unity Temple (Oak Park, Illinois)
One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s commissioned designs, and in the same Chicago ‘burb where he raised his family, Unity Temple is fresh off an extensive facelift to the tune of $25 million that replaced every pane of glass and honored Wright’s original color palate.

Photo: Getty Images/UIG


North Christian Church (Columbus, Indiana)
Finnish architect Eero Saarinen is more widely known for his industrial designs, including the Womb chair, than places of worship but that’s what makes North Christian Church so intriguing. It was completed in 1964.

Photo: Getty Images/Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge

St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Church (Ankeny, Iowa)
With one section of the limestone and weathering steel building jutting out into the prairie, this church is some serious eye candy. The sanctuary’s cathedral ceiling is stunning with honey-hued wood panels supported by steel beams, with pews positioned at a subtle V.

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Basilica of St. Fidelis (Victoria, Kansas)
Also called Cathedral of the Plains, this basilica—completed in 1911—is on the National Register of Historic Places and flaunts 48 stained-glass windows reportedly now worth a million dollars.

Photo: Getty Images/Wallace Garrison


Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption (Covington, Kentucky)
Since 1901, services have been held in this basilica, crafted from Bedford stone and red-ludovici roof tile and inspired by St. Denis in France. Three pipe organs prove the acoustics in here are amazing.

Photo: Getty Images/Raymond Boyd


St. Louis Cathedral (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Holding reign as the oldest continual operating Catholic cathedral in the country, St. Louis Cathedral’s triple steeples have welcomed parishioners since 1727, and rebuilt in 1794 after a fire. It’s located on Jackson Square.

Photo: Getty Images/Jeff Greenberg


Wilde Memorial Chapel (Portland, Maine)
Now a site for weddings and funerals, this gorgeous Gothic-style chapel was built in 1902, using cypress for the interior, hiring a Boston firm to craft stained-glass windows and carving oak pews by hand.

Photo: Getty Images/Portland Press Herald


Baltimore Basilica (Maryland)
Carrying the distinction of being America’s first cathedral, Baltimore Basilica was constructed in the early 1800s and received an extensive restoration over an 18-month period between 2004 and 2006. Also worth seeing: the Pope John Paul Garden next door.

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Harvard Business School (Boston)
A gift from the Harvard Business School’s class of 1959, this cylinder-shaped chapel designed by Moshe Safdie and built in 1992 received LEED Gold Certification, in 2011.

Photo: Getty Images/John Greim


Islamic Center of America (Dearborn, Michigan)
Since 1963, much of the Detroit area’s Muslim population has met in this mosque, constructed in 2005 and North America’s largest mosque. Spanning 92,000 square feet, it cost $14 million to build and can hold 1,000 people for prayer services.

Photo: Getty Images/Raymond Boyd


Saint John’s Abbey (Collegeville, Minnesota)
This Benedictine monastery was established in the 1850s by five monks from Pennsylvania and is now home to one of the country’s largest Benedictine abbeys. In 1961 Marcel Breuer constructed the church’s contemporary concrete structure, which includes the largest wall of stained glass in the world.

Photo: Getty Images/Robert W. Kelley


Fulton Chapel at University of Mississippi (Oxford)
While not used exclusively for religious services, this historic building—a landmark on campus since its 1927 debut—can accommodate up to 650 people for performances of many kinds, including theatrical events.

Photo: Getty Images/Wesley Hitt


Community Christian Church (Kansas City, Missouri)
Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture shines in the Community Christian Church design, a project he was commissioned for in 1940. But it wasn’t until 1994 that the designs for his Steeple of Light—lit every weekend—came to fruition.

Photo: Getty Images/UIG

Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church (Helena, Montana)
Resembling a modern farmhouse, Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church worked with an architect to create a cozy—but contemporary—vibe for Sunday services. Lots of right angles and clean lines gave the this Lutheran church a fresh look.


St. John’s Catholic Church at Creighton University (Omaha, Nebraska)
This grand chapel on Creighton University’s campus featured arched stained-glass windows, soaring ceilings and columns everywhere.

Photo: Getty Images/Eric Thayer


Ravella at Lake Las Vegas (Nevada)
Sin City is filled with wedding chapels but this one is less kitsch and more elegance, featuring columns and hand-carved pews (and no Elvis). While scriptures are being read, take a peek outside and you just might think you’re in Tuscany…not Las Vegas.

Photo: Getty Images/Ethan Miller


Stark Union Church (Stark, New Hampshire)
Particularly when fall foliage is in full swing, Stark Union Church’s open bell tower, plus the adjacent covered bridge, frames the landscape beautifully and its emerald-green shutters evoke a storybook setting.

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Princeton University Chapel (New Jersey)
Marked by the “Song of Vowels” sculpture (Jacques Lipchitz) out front, and next to the Firestone Library, this soaring cathedral hosts worship services every Sunday as well as concerts.

Photo: Getty Images/Barry Winiker


Loretto Chapel (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Modeled after Sainte-Chapelle in Paris, this intimate Gothic-style chapel in downtown Santa Fe features the often-photographed, free-standing circular Miraculous Staircase.

Photo: Getty Images/Ernesto Burciaga


Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (New York, New York)
Sunlight glinting through the stained-glass windows and the vaulted ceilings create a calm setting in the midst of bustling Manhattan at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, built in 1878 and in a Neo-Gothic style. A $177 million restoration wrapped up in 2015.

Photo: Getty Images/Manuel Romano


First Baptist Church (Asheville, North Carolina)
Built in the 1920s based on architect Douglas Ellington’s designs, this dome-shaped church is packed with Art Deco detailing, such as diamond-shaped panels and floral motifs in the sanctuary, and has a brick-and-marble exterior.

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Gol Stave Church (Minot, North Dakota)
Located in Scandinavian Heritage Park, which was established in the late ‘80s, structures reminiscent of what you’d find in Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark are here. Gol Stave Church is one of those, a true replica of the church in Gol, Hallingdal, Norway.


The Old Stone Church (Cleveland, Ohio)
Dating back to 1855, a medieval exterior gives way to Tiffany stained-glass windows inside Old Stone Church where not only are Presbyterian services held on Sunday, so is weekday afternoon yoga.

Photo: Getty Images/Raymond Boyd


Boston Avenue United Methodist Church (Tulsa, Oklahoma)
Towering above downtown Tulsa, Boston Avenue United Methodist Church’s Art Deco design debuted in 1929. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo: Getty Images/Jordan McAlister

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon (Bend)
Modern in design, the Unitarian church in Bend—completed in 2016—was also designed to be sustainable and eco-friendly. It spans 19,000 square feet and has breathed new life into the church, including a boost in membership.


Beth Sholom Synagogue (Elkins Park, Pennsylvania)
Frank Lloyd Wright’s lone synagogue design lies in this Philly suburb riffs on Mayan Revival architecture and its interior lighting casts a soft glow at night, as seen from outside, and thanks to translucent fiberglass walls.

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Church of St. Gregory the Great (Portsmouth, Rhode Island)
On the Portsmouth Abbey campus, Church of St. Gregory the Great’s design—at the hands of architect Pietro Belluschi, featuring a redwood interior and fieldstone walls (sourced from nearby land)—was inspired by a 16th Century church in Ravenna, Italy.

Photo: Getty Images/Elise Amendola-Pool


Unitarian Church in Charleston (South Carolina)
A popular tourist attraction is the Unitarian Church in Charleston’s Gothic-style graveyard with its drooping Spanish moss. Tours of the church’s interior—completed just after the Revolutionary War in 1776, making it Charleston’s second-oldest church, and inspired by Chapel of Henry VII at Westminster Abbey—are led by docents each September through June.

Photo: Getty Images/River North Photography


Chapel in the Hills (Rapid City, South Dakota)
This eye-catching design recalls Norway, not South Dakota, but that’s because Chapel in the Hills (http://www.chapel-in-the-hills.org) hearkens back to South Dakotans’ Norwegian heritage. Built in the 1960s, it’s a replica of the Borgund stavkirke, which dates back to 1150 AD and is in Laerdal, Norway.

Photo: Courtesy of Brian and Joyce Kringen


Fisk Memorial Chapel at Fisk University (Nashville, Tennessee)
Located on the Fisk University campus, the chapel has welcomed guest preachers like Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson since its 1892 construction. Among the unique attributes are the church’s three-sided balcony, and one of the country’s finest pipe organs.

Photo: Getty Images/Raymond Boyd


Chapel of Thanksgiving (Dallas, Texas)
Thanks-Giving Square in downtown Dallas is marked by this Phillip Johnson-designed chapel the resembles a wedding cake. It debuted along with the square in 1976. The stunning stained-glass window (Glory Window by Gabriel Loire) on a spiral ceiling is a must-see.

Photo: Getty Images/Raymond Boyd


Salt Lake Temple (Salt Lake City, Utah)
Since its construction in 1893, this temple has served as an inspiring design for other LDS Church temples around the United States. It’s also the largest of all temples, clocking in at 253,015 square feet and took 40 years to complete.

Photo: Getty Images/Bloomberg


Union Christian Church (Plymouth, Vermont)
The craftsmanship inside Union Christian Church, which was built during the 1840s, truly shines, including the wooden walls and ceiling. Fun historical fact: President Calvin Coolidge used to be a member of this church and he lived across the street.

Photo: Getty Images/John Greim


Chapel by Arlington National Cemetery (Fort Myer, Virginia)
In addition to regular services, the chapel—next to Arlington National Cemetery—is used for military funeral services led by a chaplain and is an excellent example of timeless design with its spire and shapely roof.

Photo: Getty Images/Nicholas Kamm


Washington National Cathedral (Washington, D.C.)
As grand as Europe’s ancient churches, Washington National Cathedral was constructed in the nation’s capital in 1907 and has received many refurbishments since, honoring the merging of Neo-Gothic and English Gothic styles. It’s also the country’s second-largest church and on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photo: Getty Images/Salwan Georges/The Washington Post


Seattle University’s Chapel of St. Ignatius (Washington)
At first glance, one might mistake Chapel of St. Ignatius for a contemporary-art museum, but no, it’s a place of worship, designed by Steven Holl in 1997. Interior pendant lighting (with exposed bulbs) and white concaved ceilings create an intimate, softer feeling than the modernized exterior.

Photo: Getty Images/Dennis Gilbert


Palace of Gold (Moundsville, West Virginia)
Rural Appalachia skewed artsy in 1979 with the construction of Palace of Gold, an ornate palace with blooming rose gardens and a staggering 100 water fountains outside. Marble imported from various spots around the world clocks in at 52 different varieties, and 1,500 pieces of stained-glass are within four windows, proof no luxury was spared in its construction.

Photo: Getty Images/Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post


Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin)
Resembling a spaceship, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in suburban Milwaukee is eye-catching, with its floating bowl shape. While based on Frank Lloyd Wright’s designs, it was one of his final commission and not unveiled until two years after he died, in 1961.

Photo: Getty Images/Raymond Boyd


Saint John’s Episcopal Church Chapel of the Transfiguration (Moose, Wyoming)
Is there anything more charming than a steeple tucked into nature? Chapel of the Transfiguration is within Grand Teton National Park and constructed from logs, built in 1925. Holy Communion is on Sundays but only during the summer and seats just 65 people.

Photo: Getty Images/MyLoupe
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