Claire L Cardwell en The Naked Architect, Architects and Technicians Architectural Designer (@Blue Designs), Writer & Artist • The Naked Architect 12/3/2018 · 2 min de lectura · +600

Bizarre Buildings Part Four - Feeling Peckish Anyone?

Bizarre Buildings Part Four - Feeling Peckish Anyone?

There are many examples of Food shaped Architecture all over the world, it's especially popular in roadside attractions to draw in passing travelers.  Here are some of my favourites :-

1. Gibeau Orange Julep, Montreal, Canada

Hermas Gibeau built a 2 storey concrete orange building in 1945 as a family home and for his restaurant where the Gibeau Orange Julep was served.  In 1966 the building was moved and then rebuilt out of plastic pool segments and now the whole building can light up!

2. The Big Pineapple - Bathurst, South Africa

This is the biggest pineapple in the world!  It stands 16.7 metres high.  The three storey building has a gift shop, tourist information centre and an observation deck.

3. The Big Banana - Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

John Landy built the Big Banana in 1964 to attract passers by to his roadside banana stand.  Now as well as the walk through banana this attraction also includes a shop & cafe, a nursery, ice rink, toboggan ride and an inflatable waterslide.

4.  The Donut Hole, La Puente, California, USA

The second Donut Hole Shop was designed to look like two giant doughnuts that you drive through to place your order.  Apparently it's a local tradition for newlyweds to drive through!

5. The Coffee Pot, Bedford, Philadelphia, USA

This 18 foot tall Coffee Pot was built in 1927 as a lunch spot next to a petrol station and became a bar.  In 2003 it was bought for $1 by the Bedford County Fair Association and $80,000 was spent to restore it.

6. Mary Lou's Milk Bottle Restaurant, Spokane, Washington, USA

In the 1930s, Paul E Newport (owner of the Benewah Dairy Company) built 6 milk bottle shaped buildings in the Spokane area as outlets to sell the company's dairy products.  Unfortunately only 2 are left standing today.

7. Teapot Gas Station, Zillah, Washington USA

The Teapot Dome Service Station was built in 1922 and still remains a popular roadside attraction.

8. The Big Apple, Colborne, Ontario, Canada

The Big Apple is 35ft (10.7m), the bakery and restaurant also has an observation deck.

If you know of any more buildings I should add to this list let me know!

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I love Architecture. I think it's vital to talk about all aspects of Architecture - whether it be planning, construction, design or green building. I have written 3 E-Books & over 110 articles. Please feel free to let me know if you have any queries regarding architecture, planning & construction & I will assist you.

I am originally from the UK and moved to South Africa in 1999.  I started Blue Designs in 2004 after working as a driver for Avalon Construction on a luxury home in the Featherbrook Estate. 

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Claire L Cardwell 14/4/2018 · #9

I used to love all those weird and wonderful buildings when I was a kid! My folks would drag me all over Eastern Europe and Europe, although my Dad would only stop at 'proper' buildings like The Parthenon (Greece), The Leaning Tower of Pisa and various other edifices and art galleries by proper architects!

Nicole Chardenet 14/4/2018 · #8

I think those giant oranges were all over Florida when I was a kid. That's just the sort of goofy tourist-trap overpriced orange drink gimmick that was popular at the time.

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Ken Boddie 15/3/2018 · #7

Hi Claire. Good to see you back buzzin’. We’ve got heaps of big things here in Oz if you Google “big things Australia”. Some of the oversized tourist extravaganza I’ve visited include the Big Prawn, Merino, Bull, Melon, Mango, Gumboot, Barramundi, Orange, Bottle and Golf Ball, not to mention the Big Banana pictured in your post and, of course, we’ve also got a Big Pineapple just up the road north of Brisbane.
Not sure why so many people are in awe of these large but mostly useless structures, when we all know that the best things come in small parcels. 🤗

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Claire L Cardwell 13/3/2018 · #6

#2 Not so far @Proma 🐝 Nautiyal! Although I would definitely stop for a look if I came across an unusual building like these!

Claire L Cardwell 13/3/2018 · #5

#1 #1 Thanks @Chris 🐝 Guest Cert.Prof.Acc.SA! I have some pics of the Futuro Houses in a previous article I wrote on Space Age Buildings - . I also saw the Futuro House that Craig Barnes restored on a BBC Program - I think it was George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. It's a shame that there aren't more of the Futuro Buildings around!


How fascinating! I love the Coffee Pot and the Teapot Gas Station.

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Jerry Fletcher 12/3/2018 · #3

What Fun!

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Proma 🐝 Nautiyal 12/3/2018 · #2

Thanks for this cute compilation, @Claire L Cardwell...I loved the Big Pineapple the most, followed by the Teapot Gas Station. Have you been to one/all of these?

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