5 Real Buildings That Look Totally Photoshopped

The Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, the Leaning Tower of Pisa -- architectural wonders that illustrate what humanity can achieve with a singular vision and a complete disregard for workers' lives. But just because most of our greatest hits are a few millennia old doesn't mean we've stopped dazzling the world with architectural pornography. Here are a few modern buildings so bizarre that you'd think they were dropped here by clumsy aliens.


Bangkok Has A Pixelated Skyscraper

Ole Scheeren is an architect, which is kind of a shame, since he would've made one hell of a grizzled prospector with a name like that. But maybe he went into the right field after all, since his creations are mind-blowing wonders. Like this sucker:

Ninaras/Wiki CommonsMore suitable for a Donkey Kong than a King Kong.

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That two-moves-from-a-game-over Jenga tower is Thailand's tallest skyscraper, the 1,120-foot-tall MahaNakhon. This multipurpose building in Bangkok's pricey central business district not only hosts retail spaces, eateries, exercise facilities, and an entire Marriott hotel, but also 200 apartments.

Kyle Hasegawa/Wiki Commons"We must be driving too fast. The area isn't done loading yet."

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Those "pixels" are cantilevered balconies and observation points, as well as light-spewing focal points custom-designed to mess with passing stoners.

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mrcmos/Adobe StockAnd a portal to TRON at night.

Stockholm's Psychedelic Metro Stations

American subways are basically dirty holes in the ground that we reluctantly visit when our cars break down. Not so in Sweden, where the subways aren't just nice, they're works of art:

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Arild Vagen/Wiki CommonsImagine a world where Pink Floyd had to take jobs as municipal planners.

That's the Tekniska Hogskolan stop, one of Stockholm's many psychedelic metro stations. Since the 1950s, more than 150 artists have volunteered their time to transform Stockholm's sprawling, 70-mile tunnel system into what some have called "the world's longest art gallery." It ranges from the purely aesthetically pleasing ...

Arild Vagen/Wiki CommonsWho lives in a train car under the ground?!

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... to the cutesy ...

Jonas Bergsten/Wiki CommonsIn New York, this would be an ideal daycare.

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... to hell on Earth:

Arild Vagen/Wiki CommonsIronically, Hell has a better than average transit system.

Singapore Has Horizontal Apartment Buildings

Remember crazy ol' Ole Scheeren, the mad architect who pixelates buildings? Here's another of his greatest hits:

Jeremy Binard/Wiki CommonsYou think that's impressive? Wait until you see the toy box they go in.

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Located in swanky Singapore, The Interlace is composed of 1,040 condominiums arranged into 31 blocks, each six stories tall, making them look like the classiest shipping container accident we've ever seen.

Mike Cartmell/Wiki CommonsWe've heard of hobo chic, but not human trafficking chic.

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Scheeren says he designed the complex because he was tired of traditional tower blocks and their boring conventional skylines. Instead he decided to create a "vertical village," presumably to spite some sort of HOA somewhere.

via Gizmodo"It looked so easy in the YouTube video" -- The Creator Of All Life And Matter

At a cost of more than $1,100 per square foot, the apartments vary in price from just under $1 million to over $6 million. Hey, quirky ain't free.

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The Badass War God Statue In China

In what is surely an attempt to rile up its populace for an impending world war, China has erected this behemoth statue of Guan Yu, a warrior god:

siewwy84/Adobe StockThe opposite of a miniature.

Designed by Han Meilin, creator of those 2008 Olympic mascots that look like rejected Pikachu drafts, the 157-foot-tall, 1,320-ton Guan Yu stands atop a 33-foot-tall warship which houses a cultural museum, looking over the city of Jingzhou like he's expecting a Godzilla attack any minute now.

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He's depicted wielding his legendary massive halberd, the "Green Dragon Crescent Blade," and it's becoming increasingly clear why Asian action movies name everything better.

There Are A Lot Of Two-dimensional Skyscrapers

There's minimalism, and then there's this:

Someformofhuman/Wiki CommonsWhat a real estate agent would call "cozy."

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The Gateway is a 37-story skyscraper complex composed of two hexagonal towers, meant to symbolize the thresholds in and out of Singapore. But if you look at it from certain angles, you'd swear someone had poorly Photoshopped it into the skyline.

Terence Ong/Wiki CommonsAt least they didn't Photoshop it to have bigger boobs.

The building was designed by I.M. Pei, the same dude who cursed all those people in Hong Kong with his non-feng-shui-friendly skyscraper. The Gateway didn't help the guy either. While it was lauded as revolutionary by many architectural firms, the city's actual residents refer to it as "two towering cardboard boxes."

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Plenty of buildings around the world use the same trick. From Atlanta's 700-foot-tall Georgia Pacific Tower, which looks like an oversized punch card from one angle ...

Connor.carey at en.wikipedia

... to the 536-foot U.S. Bancorp Tower in Portland, which offers a similar effect ...

CookieMonster755/Wiki Commons

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... as does Boston's John Hancock Tower:

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So really, this is old news. We're hardly even impressed anymore. Get back to us when someone designs a one-dimensional skyscraper.

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