Architectural Zoo: 10 Buildings Shaped Like Cute Animals


As silly as it might be, novelty architecture is something that we can’t seem to get enough of around here. We’ve previously looked at buildings designed to look like other things (care to live in a giant conch shell, anyone?), as well as crazy structures shaped like fruit (a roundup surprisingly dominated by oranges and tomatoes). But a post over on MetaFilter got us thinking about the zoological forms that buildings occasionally take on. From the most adorable kitty-shaped kindergarten that you’ve ever seen to a fisheries office in India that was designed to resemble a big, happy fish, click through to check out some of the world’s best animal-inspired buildings, and just try not to a crack a smile.

Kindergarten Wolfartsweier – Karlsruhe, Germany

Photo credit: Milk Magazine via Apartment Therapy

“The Big Chicken” KFC restaurant – Marietta, Georgia

Photo credit: Village of Joy

The Big Duck – Flanders, New York

Photo credit: mydailyboost

Lucy the Elephant – Margate, New Jersey

Photo credit: New Jersey Monthly

The Toad Inn – Santa Monica Canyon, California

Photo credit: Shorpy Historical Photo Archive via MetaFilter

Frank’s Hog Stand – San Antonio, Texas

Photo credit: The Curmudgeon-About-Town

The Dog and Sheep Buildings – Tirau, Waikato, New Zealand

Photo credit: Phillip Capper via Wikipedia

The Turtle – Niagara Falls, New York

Photo credit: Jewishfan

National Fisheries Development Board Regional Office Building – Rajendranagar, Hyderabad, India

Photo credit: BBC