While travellers may have different ideas about where to stay when they travel abroad, what they look for in a hotel remains similar: the quality of service, ambience, price, accessibility and security. However, have you ever considered whether it is essential for the bed to be on the floor – or would you be happy if it was hanging from the ceiling? Does walking on the ceiling appeal to you when you visit attractions such as museums or landmarks? If you have answered ‘yes’ to both of these questions above, you might be interested in some weird, wild and wacky pieces of architecture visited by millions of tourists all over the world.
Here are some that will have you rubbing your eyes in disbelief:
If you are bored of staying in the same kind of hotel all the time, this Berlin-based sensation could be just for you. The truly extraordinary nature of the Propeller Island City Lodge has led some describing it as a sculpture that guests can sleep in, or a living and breathing work of art rather than just a hotel.
All of the rooms were created by the innovative German artist Lars Stroschen, and each one is entirely unique. However, this doesn’t only mean that every room has a different colour scheme or picture hanging on the wall; the creativity of the hotel goes far beyond what you may normally expect:
The rooms are literally upside down, with beds fixed to the ceiling and lampshades stretching down from the ‘floor’ which is above you. The design is intended to make guests feel as if they were walking on the ceiling…a very peculiar experience but pleasantly disorientating, almost like entering an Alice in Wonderland world! However, despite the appearance, guests are not expected to hang bat-like upside down for the night; the real beds are sunken into the floor, discreetly hidden to prevent distraction from the overall appearance.
For a room so fascinating, you won’t want to close your eyes and go to sleep; consider a trip to this German wonderland!
If you are looking for a day-trip with a difference, you might want to check out Wonderworks when you are in the Orlando region. A spectacular feat of architecture, the exterior resembles a building that has been ripped up and deposited upside down, balancing on its roof. A crazy conceptual design, this building is one of the most frequently photographed in the area due to its almost unbelievable appearance.
The eerie effect is emphasised even more by the traffic lights and signposts in direct contrast to the topsy-turvy lettering and upside down ‘trees’…which is where the roof should be…! Confused? You will be! However, despite the appearance on the outside, the inside is more traditional. Apart from a dizzying entrance hall, the rest of the attraction sees you putting your feet back on a conventional floor once more. Well, this doesn’t mean that you can expect the mundane! Wonderworks lives up to its name by providing a vast array of crazy and zany experiments and adventures for the whole family to enjoy. From experiencing what an earthquake feels like, to wearing a real astronaut’s suit, there are more than 100 exhibits to keep everyone, children and adults alike, enthralled and entertained for an entire day….and more!
And more besides….
The above examples are just two of the crazy inverted structures that can be found around the world. From an upside down dining experience in Sakasa, Japan to a topsy-turvy café in the Ukraine, there really is no end to the unusual experiences for those who are willing to turn their world – quite literally – upside down.
If you find yourself staying in a region that has a completely bonkers building, you might want to take a look for yourself and suspend reality for an hour or two! It will certainly make your holiday snaps a talking point when you get home…