I (DON'T HAVE TO) WONDER WHAT THEY SELL IN THAT BUILDING...
This huge donut has been a few miles from me since I was a teenager in the 50's.
There used to be a chain of these in Los Angeles.
They had great chili!!
This post is about mimetic architecture. To explain:
WHERE DOES THE WORD MIMETIC COME FROM?
In architecture, the form of the
mimetic building imitates the functions that go on inside the
building. The adjective "mimetic" (pronounced mi-MET-ic) comes
from the Greek word mimetikos, meaning
"to imitate." Think of the words "mime" and
"mimic," and you may be be confused about the pronunciation, but not the
Some prime examples:
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Mimetic architecture is more like McDonald's
making itself into a Happy Meal. The familiar red container heaping with fries
becomes part of the facade at this fast food franchise. This playful
architecture is often found in tourist spots, like near the theme parks of
Orlando, Florida. Another McDonald's:
One of the McDonald's in
Dallas was built to be the "world's biggest Happy Meal"—the PlayPlace
forms the box, and the building is adorned with gigantic hamburgers, French
fries, Cokes, and a Ronald McDonald. The unique kid-friendly exterior—it's the
Meal-shaped McDonald's in the world—is in
contrast to the classy interior: Austrian crystal chandeliers, Ralph Lauren
wallpaper, granite floors, and
Need a cell phone ?
Maybe you'd like to take a picture of this camera store:
How about a handcrafted maple basket?
one has a seven-story atrium, heated handles that prevent ice formation, and
two 725-pound gold leaf Longaberger tags.
Need to rent some heavy equipment?
Like to fish?
Visit the National Fisheries Development Board
Buildingin Hyderabad, India:
This is a parking garage for a Kansas City library cleverly concealed behind what looks like the
bindings of 22 giant books. What’s really terrific is that local residents got
to help pick what books would get the nod for 25-foot renderings on the side of
the garage. Some of the tiles that made the cut: Catch-22, Invisible
Man, The Lord of the Rings, Silent Spring, and Charlotte’s Web.