While many of us are familiar only with water towers that look like giant, featureless capsules, some folks get to gaze upon much more artistically designed water towers, with designs that would be perfect for a modern art museum, miniature golf course, or UFO.

The House in the Clouds, built in 1923, Thorpeness, Suffolk, UK

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The Leaning Tower of Niles, in Niles, Illinois, a half-size copy of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy. It was built in 1934.

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Svaneke, Denmark, designed by Jörn Utzon, 1952

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This 170-ft (52-m) high tower in Hódmezővásárhely, Hungary, built in 1960, has hundreds of small (6 in or 15 cm tall) windows on its side and the overall look is like a flying saucer with a fancy transporter beam.

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Debrecen, Hungary, built in 1963

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Tonwell, Hertfordshire, UK, designed by Edmund C. Percey in 1964

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Arkley, England, by Scherer & Hicks, 1965

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The Haukilahti water tower in Finland, built in 1968, with a restaurant on the top.

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Ciechanow, Poland, a tower Jerzy Michał Bogusławski, completed in 1972

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Midrand Water Tower, Johannesburg, South Africa

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The Cranhill tower in Glasgow, Scotland, UK

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Nagykanizsa, Hungary

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"The Blue Diamond" in Horsens, Denmark, designed by Holger K. Nielsen, 1983

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Ear of Corn Water Tower, Rochester, Minnesota

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Coffee Pot and Coffee Cup Water Tower, Stanton, Iowa

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