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Friday, December 15, 2017

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 spelling!!

Some prime examples:


Photo by Bruce Gifford / Moment Mobile / Getty Images (cropped)

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 only Happy Meal-shaped McDonald's in the world—is in contrast to the classy interior: Austrian crystal chandeliers, Ralph Lauren wallpaper, granite floors, and
mahogany booths. 




Need a cell phone ?


Or binoculars?

Maybe you'd like to take a picture of this camera store:

How about a handcrafted maple basket?

 This 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 Building in 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.

Into music?

In case you're hungry and/or thirsty:




The beak & eyes move!!


This barrel is a bar in Japan.

This used to be a brewery.















 















28 comments:

  1. Ha Ha, a crease in the plans :)
    The swaying tall building has me worried and glad I'm not in it.
    LOVE the mimetic buildings.

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    1. It sways just a little too much for me, too!!

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  2. There used to be an Oscar Myer Weiner car around here.

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    1. There was once a shoemobile around here!!

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  3. Some really clever whimsy here.
    And I loved the crease in the plan...

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  4. Hot doggies, a new word and some really cool buildings. I use to work in a soft serve dairy store that looked just like that. To keep us honest, they made us eat our mistakes. That got old really quickly and I lost 14 pounds working there. Can't eat that stuff today.

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    1. Working inside a soft serve cone probably didn't pay very well, either!!

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  5. Oh, I love all the buildings!! Those kind of buildings and other large attractions used to be more prevalent in the 50s and 60s to attract tourists off the highways. Remember when boomer families used to travel by car all over the U.S. on vacation and stayed in motels or campgrounds? Brought back some memories! :)

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    1. I remember a lot of motels that looked like teepees!!

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    2. Total blank on the gas station that had green dinosaurs--you'd see a bowling alley with a huge bowling pin on the roof, Big Boy restaurant statue, giant ice cream cones, signs for biggest ball of string or tin foil or some other crazy biggest thing, huge fish, bears, moose or loons up here...endless gigantic eye-catchers--LOL!

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    3. I think I've seen most of them!!

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    4. I googled it! Sinclair gas stations had the green dinosaurs. :)

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  6. These buildings are great, especially the library. Now I want to build a house that look like a book.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. When you go from room to room, will you move the bookmark?

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    2. No, I'll have a bookmark in every room so I don't have to remember to carry the bookmark with me.

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  7. Love the Adidas box shoe store! My son Genius is moving to Kansas City on Monday. I'll ask him about the library after he has time to get settled.

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    1. I'm sure it looks even better in person (or whatever buildings are in when you actually see them)!!

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  8. A lot of imagination and hard work went into designing those buildings, even the one with the crease in the plans.

    I actually remember the Sinclair stations, we had one in my hometown.

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  9. Those buildings are all cool. There's a KFC Big Chicken here in GA... looks just like the one in the picture. My favorite building here is the library. Best idea for a library ever!

    Happy Hanukkah!

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    1. It may be the same chicken & I, too, love the library!!

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  10. We have a building here in Portland in the shape of a giant whiskey bottle.

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  11. What an interesting post. I was about to say "Only in America," but then I saw that other countries were just as creative. I too love that library parking garage.

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  12. Randy's Donuts can't be accused of false advertising. All my years in LA, never did get a donut there. I heard they're huge (again, not falsely advertised) but not all that great.
    Happy Hanukah and season, Fishducky.

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