The Basket Building (United States)
What started out as a dream by Dave Longaberger, Founder of The Longaberger Company, has been built Home Office into a giant basket to house the entire corporate offices of the company. Dave believed the idea was one of his best and would draw attention to the company, while simultaneously helping to build our brand.The dream was achieved on December 17, 1997 when the Home Office that is designed to resemble a basket finally opened for business.
The building’s 80-foot high handles took 18 months to design and build, project manager Ken Parks said. The handles, which weigh 75 tons apiece, came in 13 pieces that were welded together at the construction site. Each has a special heating unit that prevents ice from forming and falling into a 4,500-square-foot glass ceiling below.
the windows as large as possible 16 feet wide by 6 feet high. Inside, the big basket is decorated with blue and green tiles that match the colors used in Longaberger’s decorative-pottery products
Today, the company’s 3,600 employees make about 7 million of the hardwood maple baskets a year at a factory in nearby Dresden. The baskets come in more than 80 different styles in sizes ranging from the small tea basket to the large hamper.
The Dancing House (Czech Republic)
The Dancing House is the nickname given to an office building in downtown Prague, Czech Republic. It was designed by Croatian-born Czech architect Vlado Milunic in co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot (where the previous building had been destroyed during the Bombing of Prague in 1945). The construction started in 1994 and was finished in 1996.
The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time. Czech president Vaclav Havel, who lived for decades next to the site, had supported it, hoping that the building would become a center of cultural activity. Originally named Fred and Ginger (after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – the house vaguely resembles a pair of dancers) the house stands out among the Neo-Baroque, Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous.
The Piano House (China)
It is a house that looks like a piano. You can probably see that from the picture. It also has a glass violin that houses an escalator. And it is way off the beaten tourist path. However, since its creation its hometown, Huainan, has presumably drawn a horde of classical music enthusiasts The only thing. The to-scale piano is missing is a giant Schroeder pounding away at the keys.