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China’s Strangest Buildings, from Pairs of Pants to Ping-Pong Bats

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, 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. 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.



Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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