With so many nations exploding economically over the last two or three decades, people keep running out of ideas for what to build. Like every profession, there are two types of architects. Those that play it safe and re-hash the same old design with a small twist, and those creative geniuses that take the chances required to build something fresh and magnificent. Unfortunately the geniuses sometimes get too creative, providing internet fodder for the rest of us that can sit back and mock their designs. Inadvertently some of these designs end up looking, well, like human body parts.
By far and away, the most mimicked body part is the human genitalia. Maybe it's because as humans, our minds tend to go to one thought almost constantly. It's scientifically proven. So, why not see everything through an erotic lens? For the creator, it's the same thing. A lot of designs, especially tall, or circular designs, are inevitably created by thoughts and ideas that somehow always lead back to sex. Of course there are other body parts, such as the face and legs, that are also well represented in buildings. The structures in this article, are not tourist traps or roadside attractions, but actual buildings used as houses, office buildings, utilities and museums. That's what makes them funnier for the people who day in and day out have to spend a good portion of their lives living, working and even looking at these anomalies. By far the most creative and funny designs belong to China. With a billion people, ideas do eventually run out. The rest of the world is not far behind, though.
7 The Phallic Shaped Building - Ypsilanti Water Tower, Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States
6 The Marilyn Monroe Buildings, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
5 The Female Genitalia - Qatar's World Cup Stadium, Qatar
4 Building Shaped Like a Man, Corpus Building, Oegstgeest, Netherlands
3 Funny Faces, Located Throughout The World
2 A Hand Holding A Cell Phone, Kunming, China
1 The Shoe House, Hallam, Pennsylvania, USA
While we’re on the topic of legs, check out this building that looks like someone bending over. If I were the local government, I'd be wary of placing a skyscraper in plain view of the opening between the legs, and I'd also avoid using brown colored bricks on any building visible from this angle, as well. The building is the home of China Central Television, a strange design statement for the country's central news agency. Designed by Dutch practice OMA, it has been nicknamed the “big boxer shorts”. People in China love the building, as it has already been copied several times in other Chinese cities. The 768 ft. tall building also won an award, the 2013 'Best Tall Building Worldwide' from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. What were the judges thinking?
Sources: Google Sight Seeing, The Toronto Star, FastCoDesign, The Guardian
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