For those who got a kick out of a couple of grain silos getting the Labatt Blue treatment (see here), or for anyone who feels that Buffalo’s architecture is primed for a spirited revival, TheGuardian.com has some food for thought when it comes to the role that buildings play in our lives.
In China, a number of buildings have been designed to test the imaginations and the limits of people. You think that a giant Blue six pack on our waterfront is a bold statement? Well, instead of a paint job, the Wuliangye Yibin building, Sichuan (lead image) looks like a giant bottle of baijiu (pronounced bye-joe). But that’s just the start. From space age orbs to towering deities, China’s mix of architecture evokes every emotion in the book.
TheGuardian.com features an excellent cross-section of examples, along with some key details of each development (see here). From a cell phone building, to a teapot building, to the piano and violin building (a favorite of mine), there are plays on myriad everyday objects (novelty buildings), recreated in larger than life settings throughout the country.