Show: Novelty or mimetic architecture


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Feb 8, 2011
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I always love when I stumble upon an example of novelty architecture in my travels. I couldn't find a thread here for the subject, so figured I'd start one; if such a thread already exists, please point me to it.

Wikipedia describes "Novelty architecture" as such:
Novelty architecture, also called programmatic or mimetic architecture, is a type of architecture in which buildings and other structures are given unusual shapes for purposes such as advertising or to copy other famous buildings without any intention of being authentic. Their size and novelty means that they often serve as landmarks.

These are often found in the form of a building that belies its function, e.g. a coffee shop in the shape of a large coffee mug.

This ice cream cone shaped ice cream shop can be found about 2.5 miles east of Soldotna, Alaska, on the Sterling Highway.

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The Donut Hole, La Puente, CA

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