Weird and wonderful architecture around the world
From a big basket in Ohio to a warped house in Poland, these buildings delight the eye and may inspire a trip.
The Crooked House, Monte Cassino, Poland: As if to show how the mundane can become marvelous, the Crooked House is a building on a normal shopping street in this seaside town, and it hosts a mall with restaurants, shops and businesses. Rather than go the normal route, however, the architects – inspired by Polish children’s book illustrator Jan Marcin Szancer – went for a wonky fairy-tale route, distorting all the house’s lines to bizarre and comic effect. Sopot’s tourists love it – although some still fear entering. (Photo: Konstantin Tronin, Shutterstock)