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Old April 30th, 2006, 07:51 AM   #21
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Can't believe no one's said Gherey's Binoculars:



Obviously based on binoculars:



And the Dancing House in Prague:



based on two people dancing:



And who could forget Alsop's Teddy Bear?



Based on a... You guessed it...


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Old May 1st, 2006, 04:26 PM   #22
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I learned a lot from your replies. Thank you all.
Hard to imagine there can be so many such buildings around the world.
I found two more:

Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria, a museum of art
Like an unidentified life.


And of course the most famous shells of the world:
Sydney Opera House
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Old May 1st, 2006, 06:17 PM   #23
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I can't believe I forgot the Glasgow Armadillo:

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Old May 2nd, 2006, 08:21 AM   #24
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The Jin Mao is not the only skyscraper influenced by pagodas. There's The Taipei 101 as well.

Taipei 101, Taipei although I think the tower got it's inspiration from Chinese takeaway food boxes





Another would be The Marriott Hotel in Singapore

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Old May 2nd, 2006, 01:15 PM   #25
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Great thread lol.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 01:24 PM   #26
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Here's one more in HK

Butterfly Estate, Tuen Mun



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Old May 2nd, 2006, 06:01 PM   #27
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The design of Taipei 101 borrows heavily from Chinese culture. Both the building’s interior and exterior incorporate the Chinese pagoda form and the shape of bamboo flowers. The lucky number eight, which means blooming or success, is represented by the eight clearly delineated exterior sections of the building.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 06:07 PM   #28
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 05:56 AM   #29
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The design of Taipei 101 borrows heavily from Chinese culture. Both the building’s interior and exterior incorporate the Chinese pagoda form and the shape of bamboo flowers. The lucky number eight, which means blooming or success, is represented by the eight clearly delineated exterior sections of the building.
I think alot of today's skyscrapers around China are influenced by it's culture just like The Jin Mao or Taipei 101. And it's also the influence of building it in glass and steel.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 06:03 AM   #30
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I've always thought the exterior of Taipei 101 resembled stacked up chinese take out rice containers too. they should have made it white.
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I've always thought the exterior of Taipei 101 resembled stacked up chinese take out rice containers too. they should have made it white.
Taipei 101 in white wouldn't look that great! I prefer the metallic look that it has today
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 12:42 PM   #32
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And of course the most famous shells of the world:
Sydney Opera House
The Opera House is based on sails, not shells.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 04:24 PM   #33
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Quote:
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The Opera House is based on sails, not shells.
How forgetful I was!
Now I remember I once read an article which said to the effect that
Jorn Utzon, the architect, once said the building was based on segments of orange peel.
Don't know if the article quoted him right, or, if it did, the architect was serious when saying this.
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Old May 4th, 2006, 05:22 AM   #34
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BMW Headquarters Munich

Shaped like the pistons in a cars engine.


"The Skate" Amsterdam

Supposed to look like a hockey skate. I couldn't find a whole picture of it, but here is the back.
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Old May 4th, 2006, 06:21 AM   #35
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modelled after a black and white table on multi-coloured stilts

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Old May 4th, 2006, 06:32 AM   #36
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Very creative Skybean, but Robarts would have been much easier.

Robarts Library, Toronto

Modeled after a Peacock.


Not sure if this counts. But I saw this somewhere just outside of Detroit. It was once painted like a baseball, but it is not a bright orange basketball.
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Old May 5th, 2006, 11:53 AM   #37
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ING House, Amsterdam. looks like a shoe:

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Another one for HK.

Who would not forget the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. It's has a bird influenced design.

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Old May 6th, 2006, 12:13 PM   #39
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Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre is suppose to be a turtle, climbing down the Peak to drink water.
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Love Pragues contribution!
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