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Top 10 architectural oddities of 2021

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The Sky Pool, by HAL Architects, is one of our pick for the Top 10 architectural oddities of 2021
The Sky Pool, by HAL Architects, is one of our pick for the Top 10 architectural oddities of 2021
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The Sky Pool is suspended at a height of 35 m (114 ft) between two apartment buildings
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The Sky Pool is suspended at a height of 35 m (114 ft) between two apartment buildings
If you're the kind of person who knows the difference between an ollie and a 900 degree flip, the aptly named Skatehouse 2 will probably appeal
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If you're the kind of person who knows the difference between an ollie and a kickflip, the aptly named Skatehouse 2 will probably appeal
The Infinitus Plaza, by Zaha Hadid Architects, takes the overall form of an infinity symbol
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The Infinitus Plaza, by Zaha Hadid Architects, takes the overall form of an infinity symbol
Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is finished in 1,664 panels of mirrored glass
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Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen is finished in 1,664 panels of mirrored glass
Affirmation Tower will reach a height of 1,663 ft (506 m)
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Affirmation Tower will reach a height of 1,663 ft (506 m)
L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped is open from Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021
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L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped is open from Saturday, September 18 to Sunday, October 3, 2021
Russian Quintessential measures a total length of 12 m (39 ft) and has a width of 3.5 m (11 ft)
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Russian Quintessential measures a total length of 12 m (39 ft) and has a width of 3.5 m (11 ft)
The Pencil Tower Hotel would reach a height of 100 m (328 ft) in downtown Sydney
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The Pencil Tower Hotel would reach a height of 100 m (328 ft) in downtown Sydney
The Al Bayt Stadium's design is inspired by by the Bayt al sha'ar tent of the nomadic people who have lived in and around Qatar's deserts for millennia
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The Al Bayt Stadium's design is inspired by by the Bayt al sha'ar tent of the nomadic people who have lived in and around Qatar's deserts for millennia
OPEN Architects used specialist software and worked with acoustic engineers to ensure the Chapel of Sound would be a superb space for live music
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OPEN Architects used specialist software and worked with acoustic engineers to ensure the Chapel of Sound would be a superb space for live music
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From a house with its own skate ramp to a swimming pool in the sky, some pretty wild architecture popped up in 2021. Here's our pick of this year's top architectural oddities.

For this roundup, we've mostly focused on projects that are either already constructed, or at least seem like they might be, rather than completely blue-sky concepts or designs.

We've chosen to highlight 10 different projects that hail from all over the world: there are four in Europe, and two in China, as well as one each in the United States, Qatar, Australia, and Argentina, respectively.

The designs themselves vary in size and budget, and some are a little more practical than others, but each one breaks the mold to offer something a little different from the normal everyday buildings that surround us all. Read on for a look at our pick of Top 10 architectural oddities of 2021.

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The wrapped Arc de Triomphe shouldn't be in this list.
Nelson Hyde Chick
After Cristo died I hoped his monstrosities would go with him, but no, we get a wrapped Arc de Triomphe.