What's particularly neat about buildings that sit atop legs rather than directly on their foundations is just how varied they can be. Some are graceful and egret-like, while others are squat and functional ducks. Some resemble caterpillars, some musical instruments, and still others evoke nature and the alien all at once.

The Sculptured House, became famous as the home where Woody Allen took a nostalgic look at the future in Sleeper (1973), designed by Charles Deaton in 1963, stands on Genesee Mountain, Colorado.

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(via OpenBuildings, Travellin' Librarian and Smagazine)

The Steel House, designed and built by architect and sculptor Robert Bruno in Lubbock, Texas between 1973 and 1996

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(via Robert Bruno)

The Edo-Tokyo Museum, established in 1993, designed by Kiyonori Kikutake, modelled after an old kurazukuri storehouse

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(via Wikimedia Commons)

ING House, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, designed by Meyer & Van Schooten, 2002

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(via Herman van Iperen and Dariusz)

The Sharp Centre for Design, at OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) University, designed by Robbie/Young + Wright Architects and Alsop Architects, completed in 2004.

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(via Wikimedia Commons)

The piano part of the Piano and Violin Building in Huainan City, China, designed by some students of Hefey University of Technology and Huainan Fangkai Decoration Project Co., opened in 2007

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(via Dramafever)

Halley VI, a British Antarctic station with eight cars, standing on legs, mounted on skis, so it could be towed to another place. It took four years to build it, and opened in 2012.

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(via Antarctica)

Toda House, Hiroshima, Japan, designed by Kimihiko Okada, 2012

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(via ArchDaily)

The Villa Kogelhof in Noord-Beveland, The Netherlands, designed by Paul de Ruiter Architects, built in 2013

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(via Paul de Ruiter)

Bonus: The 32-story Elephant (or Chang) Building in Bangkok, Thailand, a collaboation between Dr. Arun Chaisaree and Ong-ard Satrabhandhu, competed in 1997.

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