While less literal and centuries older than the other comestible-resembling buildings on our list, Scotland’s exceedingly eccentric Dunmore Pineapple, while not a true example of programmatic architecture, is a textbook example of a folly — that is, a kooky, beloved-in-Britain building that serves no real functional purpose other than to draw attention.
And draw attention the Dunmore Pineapple does. Erected in 1761 as the summer home of John Murray, 4th Earl of Dunmore, the majority of this Palladian-style structure is rather conservative. But when Murray returned to Scotland from a stint as colonial governor of Virginia in 1777, things took a turn for the fruity as a pavilion complete with ornate, pineapple-shaped cupola was added atop the existing building. At the time, decorative pineapple motifs were a popular symbol of hospitality — Murray was just taking things up an exuberant notch. Described by The Landmark Trust as a “… work of undoubted genius, built of the very finest masonry,” the Dunmore Pineapple, in all its beautifully persevered bromeliadian glory, is now a vacation rental. Rates start at £230 (about $365) for a four-night stay, and, true to Landmark Trust-owned properties, the accommodations are both classy and historically correct. This means no TVs, no Wi-Fi and certainly no SpongeBob SquarePants bed linens.