Fantastic architecture is an architectural style featuring attention grabbing buildings. Such buildings can be considered as works of art, and are normally built purely for the amusement of its owner.
Fantastic architecture should not be confused with Novelty architecture. While both styles have unusual, attention-grabbing designs, novelty architecture is meant to be an advertisement for the business inside, such as buildings with a giant donut on the roof. Fantastic architecture, on the other hand, serves no other purpose than the personal amusement of its builder.
Examples of Fantastic-style structures
- Martin Castle
- Neuschwanstein Castle
- Sauer Buildings Historic District by Frederick C. Sauer, Aspinwall, Pennsylvania
- Watts Towers by Simon Rodia, Watts district of Los Angeles, California
- Wadham's Oil and Grease Company of Milwaukee
- James Stevens Curl (2006). Architecture and Landscaping. A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (2 ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198606789.
- Walker, John. "Fantastic Architecture". Glossary of Art, Architecture & Design since 1945, 3rd. ed.
- Wisconsin Fantastic Architecture
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