Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Amazing Buildings That Look Like UFOs

Buildings that look like UFOs: Photos

The architect Bart Prince built this otherworldly residence and studio for himself in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1983. He said of its reception: "When it was finished, the whole city was up in arms. Architects reacted as if a bomb had been dropped on the Louvre."Picture: Alamy

Looking like it's ready to take off at any moment, the Niteroi Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro was designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. In the film Oscar Niemeyer, an architect committed to his century, Niemeyer is seen flying in a UFO which then lands on the site of the museum - a tongue-in-cheek reference to how it could have got there.Picture: Alamy

This astonishing space-age home was built for the comedian Bob Hope in California in the 1970s. The first time Hope clapped eyes on his new home, he joked: “Well at least when they come down from Mars, they’ll know where to go.”Picture: Handout

Martians would feel quite at home at the City of Arts and Sciences, one of Valencia's most popular tourist destinations. This is the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, an opera house and arts centre.
Picture: Alamy

L'Hemisferic, another space-age building in Valencia's City of Arts and Sciences. It contains an Imax cinema, Planetarium and Laserium, and is supposedly meant to resemble a giant eye.Picture: Alamy

Looking like a cross between a golf ball and a spaceship, this futuristic dome property causes more than a few drivers to slam their brakes when driving on Route 66. It was originally built as a bar and restaurant, but is now privately owned. Supposedly, locals call it "The Arizona Death Star".Picture: Alamy

It may look like a crashed UFO, but Benesse House is actually a museum and hotel in Naoshima, Japan.Picture: Alamy

Looking rather like a set from Dr Who, Dymaxion House was the brainchild of the architect Buckminster Fuller in the 1920s. He wanted to create a factory-made house that was easily-assembled and efficient to run.Picture: Alamy

This flying-saucer like property is a Futuro house, one of less than 100 pre-fabricated homes designed by Matti Suuronen in the 1960s and 70s. Around 50 survive today.Picture: Alamy

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