Only people with a real head for heights will dare to swim in the pool at The Holiday Inn Hotel in Shanghai. Part of the swimming pool, located on the 24th floor, extends over the side of the building and has a transparent bottom.

The week in pictures: 17 August 2012

Only people with a real head for heights will dare to swim in the pool at The Holiday Inn Hotel in Shanghai. Part of the swimming pool, located on the 24th floor, extends over the side of the building and has a transparent bottom.

Crooked House, Sopot, Poland    The three storey Crooked House was designed by Polish architect Szotynscy Zaleski and inspired by Jan Marcin Szancer‘s fairytale illustrations and the art of Per Dahlberg. It's become the country's most photographed building.

Crooked House, Sopot, Poland The three storey Crooked House was designed by Polish architect Szotynscy Zaleski and inspired by Jan Marcin Szancer‘s fairytale illustrations and the art of Per Dahlberg. It's become the country's most photographed building.

Cubic houses, Rotterdam, Holland    Kubuswoningen, or cube houses are the brainchild of architect Piet Bloom. Tilted at 45 degrees on a hexagon-shaped pylon, Bloom wanted to create some space in an area of high-density housing.

Cubic houses, Rotterdam, Holland Kubuswoningen, or cube houses are the brainchild of architect Piet Bloom. Tilted at 45 degrees on a hexagon-shaped pylon, Bloom wanted to create some space in an area of high-density housing.

Longaberger Home Office, Newark, Ohio    This giant basket of a building is the seven storey head office of the Longaberger Company. Can you guess what they are famous for?

Longaberger Home Office, Newark, Ohio This giant basket of a building is the seven storey head office of the Longaberger Company. Can you guess what they are famous for?

The Haines Shoe House, Hallem, Pennsylvania, USA    Built by shoe salesman Mahlon Haines in 1948 to advertise his wares, this five storey curiosity has a living room in the toes, a kitchen in the heel, two bedrooms in the ankle and an ice cream shop in the instep.

The Haines Shoe House, Hallem, Pennsylvania, USA Built by shoe salesman Mahlon Haines in 1948 to advertise his wares, this five storey curiosity has a living room in the toes, a kitchen in the heel, two bedrooms in the ankle and an ice cream shop in the instep.

A man cross the OCBC Skyway linking 'Supertrees', ranging from 25-50 metres in height and serving as vertical gardens, in the nearly completed Gardens By The Bay next to Singapore's financial district

Pictures of the day: 30 April 2012

A man cross the OCBC Skyway linking 'Supertrees', ranging from 25-50 metres in height and serving as vertical gardens, in the nearly completed Gardens By The Bay next to Singapore's financial district

The Manchester Central Library was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Its neo-classical grandeur hides the fact it was built in the 1930s. Britain from Above: Month by Month published by Dorling Kindersley

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The Manchester Central Library was inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Its neo-classical grandeur hides the fact it was built in the 1930s. Britain from Above: Month by Month published by Dorling Kindersley

The newly opened National Fisheries Development Board building in Hyderabad, India, designed to resemble a fish

The week in pictures: 20 April 2012

The newly opened National Fisheries Development Board building in Hyderabad, India, designed to resemble a fish

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