20 Strange Architectural and Construction Gaffes

  • April 25, 2014
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Architecture is a difficult profession, and we don’t think for a second we’d be able to just jump right in and do it ourselves. It requires skill, precision, and a whole lot more math than we’ve ever used, and about the closest we’ve ever come is building a few pillow forts. But everyone makes mistakes now and then, and that includes architects and engineers, and the results, quite predictably, are utterly hilarious. These are the gaffes that just make you stop and scratch your head and wonder what on earth the builders could possibly have been thinking.

1.

The Decapitating Escalator

Unless this escalator was designed for the Land of Oz, it’s hard to imagine anyone comfortably riding up and down without losing their head in the process.

2.

The World’s Most Dangerous Balcony

Well, on the one hand it sure would save you the trouble of getting down to the train station in time for your ride, but we’re not sure we’re quite this anxious to hitch a ride to work.

3.

The Road Never Traveled

It turns out that, apparently, building something in a perfectly straight line is a heck of a lot harder than we ever could have guessed, and makes for one dangerous commute.

4.

The Friendliest Urinals

Who says that you can’t meet people and find new friends when you’re awkwardly taking a leak in a public restroom?

5.

Don’t Mind That Street Light

We’re honestly not sure what the strangest part here is: that the builders just decided to build around that street light, or the fact that these balconies seem to encourage people to plummet to the hard ground below.

6.

Kitty Pryde’s Balcony

We have to assume this is where X-Men member Kitty Pryde lives, considering she’s literally the only person who could actually access that balcony from inside the apartment.

7.

That’s One Way to Derail a Train

Trains are getting to the point where they’re almost obsolete anyway, so why not try to help them to extinction by building right across the tracks?

8.

The Skateboard Ramp Driveway

On the one hand it’d be nice to get up to 20 miles per hour just by putting the car in neutral and pushing it out of the garage, though we have to imagine these driveways would be one heck of a pain come winter.

9.

And Now, the World’s Friendliest Toilets

Well it seemed sexist to only have a chance for men to get nice and friendly in a public restroom, so for the sake of gender equity, here’s a way for women to get to know one another in the bathroom.

10.

Watch Out for That First Step

The best part of this second floor door to nowhere is imagining the person who lives there deciding to not tell anyone that door leads to broken bones, and watching guest after guest fall out and shatter a leg.

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