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Old April 25th, 2006, 09:07 AM   #1
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### Buildings modelled on real things ###

I’ve had difficulty finding one word to replace “modelled on real things”, so I have to use this awkward title. "Material"? "Concretized?" "Pictographic"? "Hieroglyphic"? "Imagery"? "Realistic"? "Symbolic"? No no no. I'll be thankful if someone could tell me that word.

I found these buildings:

Type 1
Buildings that copy the exact shapes of real things

In terms of architectural aesthetics, they are often controversial. (no offence)

1. Beijing Tianzi Hotel, Beijing
It consists of shapes of three traditional Chinese gods, namely God of Happiness, God of Emolument, and God of Longevity.
It’s said to be the most laughable building of China.
(For more information of and comments on this building, check an earlier thread started by me:
***This is a building!***
www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=307269&page=1&pp=20)



2. Fangyuan Mansion, Shenyang, China
It’s an office building in the shape of an ancient Chinese coin.
Outright money worship.



3. Elephant Building, Bangkok


4. Lotus Temple, Delhi


5. Atomium, Brussels


Type 2
Buildings that use some elements of shapes of real things

Generally speaking, they are less controversial.

1. Bibliothèque Louis Nucéra, a library building in Nice, France
It symbolizes the human brain.


2. Bank of China Tower, Shanghai
It uses some elements of Bubi, an ancient Chinese coin.



3. Jinmao Building, Shanghai
A transformation from ancient Buddhist pagodas.



4. Shanghai Museum, Shanghai
An ancient Chinese tripod caldron.



5. Panorama Hotel, Shanghai
Its top is like a leaf.



6. Bank of China Tower, Hong Kong
Inspiration comes from growing bamboo shoots.



7. Yintai Centre, Beijing (u/c)
Tops of the three buildings are like a traditional Chinese lantern.



8. National Stadium, Beijing (u/c)
Nickname: bird’s nest.


9. Woolworth Building, New York City
Like a cathedral. Buildings like this can be found everywhere.


Can anyone give more examples?
Thx.
(Forget about Vegas hotels. They are just copies of other buildings.)

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Old April 25th, 2006, 11:07 AM   #2
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Nice job!!!
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Old April 27th, 2006, 11:38 AM   #3
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Quote:
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Fangyuan Mansion, Shenyang, China
It’s an office building in the shape of an ancient Chinese coin.
Outright money worship.

This one is off the hook
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Old April 27th, 2006, 11:42 AM   #4
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Anyway, here's more

Lippo Centre, HK Inspirations from Koalas climbing a tree





Space Needle, Seattle Inspirations from flying saucers



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Old April 27th, 2006, 02:03 PM   #5
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Q1 in Gold Coast City, Australia was inspired by the Sydney 2000 Olympic Torch.

And I can see what they mean.


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Old April 27th, 2006, 02:46 PM   #6
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This building in Bangkok is inspired by old school retro robots.

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Old April 27th, 2006, 03:09 PM   #7
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Anyway, here's more

Lippo Centre, HK Inspirations from Koalas climbing a tree







OMG!!!! I never imagine that, but it´s true!!!!
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OMG!!!! I never imagine that, but it´s true!!!!
As I mentioned in the other threads, The Lippo Centre in HK was originally The Bond Centre developed by Australian businessman Alan Bond. Thus the Koala concept.
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Another one

Burj Al Arab, Dubai Inspirations from a Dhow, an arabian sailing ship



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Old April 29th, 2006, 01:53 AM   #10
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Water Tower Coffee Pot
Stanton, Iowa





Dog Bark Park Inn
Cottonwood, ID



Longaberger Office Building
Newark, OH

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Quote:
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This building in Bangkok is inspired by old school retro robots.


where in bangkok is that building? i know bangkok got alot off ugly buildings but that has to be one of the worse i have seen been there almost 20 times but i never seen that one
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where in bangkok is that building? i know bangkok got alot off ugly buildings but that has to be one of the worse i have seen been there almost 20 times but i never seen that one
The Bank of Asia Building is located in Bangkok off Sathorn Road.
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What a bizarre, and totally fun thread this was! Thanks for researching it well,
and presenting it for our pleasure!! Cheers!
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I have never seen that Tianzi Hotel. I MUST stay in it in 2008 now!
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that robot thing is some sort of cool.
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Old April 29th, 2006, 10:48 AM   #16
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where in bangkok is that building? i know bangkok got alot off ugly buildings but that has to be one of the worse i have seen been there almost 20 times but i never seen that one
Alot of BKK buildings are very creative like the robot and elephant buildings. I also like the Wave Tower as well
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Old April 29th, 2006, 07:03 PM   #18
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Some more :

Shoe House
York, PA


Big Pump
Gentry Co, MO



Ship Building
Guilford Co, NC



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Big Apple-Colborne ,Ontario, Canada


Capitol Records-Hollywood,California, USA
Supposed to represent a pile of old records



Crocodile Hotel-Kakadu, Northern Territory, Australia


Bahai Temple-New Delhi, India
Represents a lotus


El Hemisferic
-Valencia, Spain
An eye


Esplanade theratres, Singapore. Bug's eyes


Thailand


Swastika-San Diego, California, USA
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