The Hundertwasser House is an apartment building in Vienna designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser who was considered an architectural rebel. His vision was of "free architecture for all," meaning without standards, specifications or straight lines — kind of like Dr. Seuss!
The Asahicho Clinic in Japan was designed with a house-shaped roof to ensure that its elderly patients feel more at home. Architect Hikalu Tanabe of Hkl Studio created a series of triangular arches to look like the gable of a house and help it blend in with the residential homes in the neighborhood.
This cliff house called Casa Acantilado in Salobrena, Spain was designed by architect Jaime Bartolome. The roof is finished with zinc shingles that have turned-up corners to evoke a reptilian surface.
With foliage that covers all walls and the roof, too, this house takes the phrase "green roof" to a whole new level!
The Ojai Studio is a guest house for resident artists that has a small gambrel roof, which was called a Dutch roof in the 1700s.
The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum in Agra, India which is surrounded by five major structures and took 22 years to build. The main tomb’s domed roof was constructed from 28 varieties of semi-precious and precious gems and white marble bricks from China, Tibet, Arabia and Afghanistan.
Park Güell is a public park in Barcelona, Spain with gardens and some of the most interesting architecture in the world, including the fantastically shaped roofs. Built by famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, known for his flamboyant style.
The Academy of Sciences in California's "living roof" is covered in rolling hills and fields on which local wildlife lives and is edged by solar panels. The U.S. Green Building Council: Leed Platinum has given it the highest sustainability rating of any museum in the world.
The Hendee-Borg House is a symmetrical saw-tooth roof house, which is made up of ridges with dual pitches in order to admit natural light into the building.
Vancouver's famous "Hobbit House" is an 83-year-old faux thatched-roof Storybook home. Because the rainy climate of Vancouver doesn't allow for real thatched roofs, this is made from cedar shingles.