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21st Century Buildings That Look Like Alien Spaceships

We may still be a long way from putting a human colony on Mars, but that doesn’t mean we can’t live like spacemen here on Earth. These 18 trippy buildings — all built since 2000 — look like they’re from another world entirely.

The City Hall of Alphen aan den Rijn, Netherlands, 2002. Architect: Erick Van Egeraat.

Photo: Christian Richters


The Selfridges store, Birmingham, UK, 2003. Architects: Future Systems.

Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images


The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, 2003. Architect: Frank Gehry.

Photo: David McNew/Getty Images


Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg, Germany, 2005. Architect: Zaha Hadid.

Photo: Joe Nadin


The National Theatre, Beijing, China, 2007. Architect: Paul Andreu.

Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images


The Worrell, Weekes and Walcott stand at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados, 2007.

Photo: Jenni Konrad/Tom Hodgkinson


The “Mobile Art” exhibition pavilion in Hong Kong, 2008. Architect: Zaha Hadid.

Photo: Kin Cheung/AP


The Beijing National Stadium known as the “Bird’s Nest”, Beijing, China, 2008. Architects: Herzog & de Meuron.

Photo: Bullit Marquez/AP


The Porsche Museum, Stuttgart, Germany, 2009. Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Photo: Thomas Kienzle/AP


The Guangzhou Opera House, Guangzhou, China, 2010. Architect: Zaha Hadid.

Photo: Lian Chang


The Flame Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan, 2012. Architects: Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum.

Photo: Nigel Treblin/dapd


The new Festival Hall in Erl , Austria, 2012. Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects.

Photo: Kerstin Joensson/dapd/AP


The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, 2012. Architect: Zaha Hadid

Photo: Carlos Osorio/AP


Galaxy Soho, Beijing, China, 2012. Architect: Zaha Hadid.

Photo: Ningbo Ningbo


The EYE Film Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2012. Architect: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects.

Photo: Joe Nadin


Pierres Vives government department, Montpellier, France, 2012. Architect: Zaha Hadid.

Photo: Jean-Baptiste Maurice


The Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center, Baku, Azerbaijan, 2012. Architect: Zaha Hadid.

Photo: Wikipedia


The Peoples Meeting Dome, Allinge, Bornholm, Denmark, 2012. Architects: Kristoffer Tejlgaard & Benny Jepsen.

Photo: Kristoffer Tejlgaard & Benny Jepsen