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10 of the most bizarrely photographed architecture projects

Photographer Juergen Teller got everyone's attention when he posed naked on a donkey inside his new studio, but he isn't the only one presenting unconventional architectural photography. We've spotlighted 10 of the most bizarre examples.

Concrete house by Langarita-Navarro photographed as a crime scene

Concrete house by Langarita-Navarro photographed as a crime scene

Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos designed Casa Baladrar as a holiday home in the Spanish town of Benissa, yet photographer Luis Diaz Diaz chose to photograph it as if it were a crime scene.

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Juergen Teller studio by 6A

Juergen Teller's studio complete with him naked on a donkey

Fashion photographer Juergen Teller posed naked on a donkey for a self-portrait in his new London studio by 6a Architects. Teller documented the entire construction process, and his photographs also include a shot of Japanese band Bo Ningen.

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Napoleon by FREAKS freearchitects

Apartment by FREAKS freearchitects with Napoleon Bonaparte

French studio FREAKS freearchitects renovated an apartment on Paris' Rue de Rivoli that was once an address of Napoleon I, so the architects decided to dress up as the former emperor for the photoshoot.

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Tobogan House by z4z4

Madrid house by Z4Z4 photographed in a dystopian future

Three corrugated cylinders are raised on stilts above subterranean living spaces and gardens to form this Madrid house by Z4Z4, which is captured in a science-fiction-inspired photoshoot. Z4Z4 founder Rafael Beneytez was reading the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson while designing the house.

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California Dreaming by Stephanie Kloss

Return to 1940s Hollywood by Stephanie Kloss

German photographer Stephanie Kloss visited some of California's iconic mid-century modern homes to create this series of 1940s-inspired images. Kloss wanted to capture the spirit of the era in her photographs, so she shot them on a medium-format analogue camera and staged the scenes with a model in retro attire.

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Miguel de Guzmán creates a fairytale for Espinar House

Miguel de Guzmán's translucent plastic house in the woods is the location for a fantasy movie that features a wolf, three bears and Little Red Riding Hood. The architect also directed the shoot, which exaggerates the "little house in the woods" concept.

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Splash swimming pool by Manuel Ocaña as demonstrated by a mermaid 

Miguel de Guzman included a mermaid in the photos and movie he shot of this swimming pool in Spain, which Manuel Ocaña Architecture had updated with mirrors, mist clouds and overgrown vegetation.

The stop-motion movie follows the reflection of the sun in the mirrors, and ends with the mermaid diving and splashing into the pool.

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Garden Flat by Dank Architectes

Garden flat in Lyon photographed before and after a party

French studio Dank Architectes wanted to make this minimalist apartment near Lyon look "more alive" in the photographs, so they staged scenes depicting the days before and after a messy party. The architects came up with the idea after paying the new owners a visit and finding the place in complete disarray.

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House of Parties by Pitsou Kedem

House of Parties by Pitsou Kedem with a face-down party-goer

This house by Israeli architect Pitsou Kedem features an entertainment area with a six-metre-tall wine cooler. Photographer Amit Geron sought to capture both the everyday nature of the house and its appearance during parties. A straggler from an ill-fated party is even pictured floating face-down in the pool in one shot.

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Toblerone House by Studio MK27 filmed through the eyes of a cat

Studio MK27's Marcio Kogan views this São Paulo house through the eyes of his client's cat, following its point of view as it explores the garden and interior. This cinematic technique draws on Kogan's early career years as a movie director.

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