Sometimes a building is like an architectural alien. The bizarrely-shaped museums in these photographs are so different from the city around them that it's as if they erupted out of a dimensional doorway from another universe.
The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, designed by Oscar Niemeyer, completed in 1996. (via Gary Dee , Phx de , Nicolas Nova , doc 1.0 and howvin ) Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry, Bilbao, Spain, 1997. (via Magnus Manske , Kamahele , Georges Jansoone 1 – 2 ) Experience Music Project Museum, designed by Frank O. Gehry Seattle, Washington, 2000 (via Cacophony , EMPISFM , SunOfErat 1 – 2 , Joe Mabel and Robert Karma ) The Quadrucci Pavilion of Milwaukee Art Museum, designed by Santiago Calatrava, opened in 2001 (via Michael Hicks , Dsv , Jonathunder , Dori 1 – 2 ) Kunsthaus Graz (also known as the Graz Art Museum or the Friendly Alien), designed by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, opened in Graz, Austria, 2003. (via Kari Neuhold , Marion Schneider & Christopher Aistleitner and Eddie Codel ) Dalian Shell Museum, designed by DUT, Dalian, China, 2003 (via ArchDaily ) Walt Disney Concert Hall, designed by Frank Gehry, Los Angeles, California, opened in 2003 (via PDPhoto , Pag293 , Kwong Yee Cheng ) The Denver Art Museum Frederic C. Hamilton Building, designed by Daniel Libeskind, opened in 2006, Denver, Colorado (via Studio Daniel Libeskind , Hustvedt and J. Miers ) Theatre Agora, Lelystad, Netherlands, designed by UNStudio, opened in 2007 (via UNStudio ) The Michael Lee-Chin Chrystal at Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, designed by Daniel Libeskind, opened in 2007. (via Skeezix1000 , russavia , Alexandre Kozoubsky , Chris Lee and The City of Toronto ) The Macao Science Center, designed by Pei Partnership Architects, Macau, China, 2009. (via Wikimedia Commons ) Centre Pompidou-Metz, designed by Shigeru Ban, Metz, France, 2010. (via cerfon , Guido Radig and russavia ) Design Museum Holon, by Ron Arad Architects Ltd. in Holon, Israel, 2010 (via ArchDaily ) Ordos Art & City Museum in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China, designed by MAD Architects, completed in 2011. (via ArchDaily ) The Museo Soumaya (Soumaya Art Museum), designed by Fernando Romero, Mexico City, Mexico, 2011 (via eclecctica , Omar Bárcena and Sam Churchill )