The Haines Shoe House, Hallem, Pennsylvania, USA
Built by shoe salesman Mahlon Haines in 1948 to advertise his wares, this five storey curiosity has a living room in the toes, a kitchen in the heel, two bedrooms in the ankle and an ice cream shop in the instep.Picture: ALAMY
Takasugi-an Tea House, Chino, Nagano, Japan
The literal translation of this statuesque building designed by Japanese architect Terunobo Fujimori is "a teahouse [built] too high". It is six metres above the ground, atop two chesnut treetrunks - once you make it up of the ladders, it's a peaceful place to drink tea and watch the world go by.Picture: ALAMY
The Longaberger Basket Company building in Newark, Ohio might just be a strangest office building in the world. The 180,000-square-foot building, a replica of the company’s famous market basket, cost $30 million and took two years to complete. Many experts tried to persuade Dave Longaberger to alter his plans, but he wanted an exact replica of the real thing.