World's Strangest Buildings
Haewoojae, Suwon, South Korea
Better known as
the toilet-shaped house, this showcase of superior plumbing was built by Korean
Assembly Representative Sim Jae-Duck—a.k.a. Mr. Toilet—and his World Toilet
Organization. It’s intended to celebrate the cultural centrality of the toilet
and raise awareness of the plight of the world’s toilet-less. “We should learn
to go beyond seeing toilets as just a place for defecation,” the late Mr. Sim
once said, “but also as a place of culture where people can rest, meditate and
be happy.” And who can argue?
Washroom: The house has
four toilets, including a spectacular central restroom with floor-to-ceiling
glass walls that turn opaque when the facilities are in use, and a sound system
that supplies a soothing classical soundtrack.