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25 Animal-Shaped Buildings from Around the World

A kindergarten shaped like a cat, a skyscraper shaped like an elephant, a hotel shaped like a crocodile — these are just a few of the forms that animal-shaped architecture has taken. Whether to reflect the role of the building, like a fisheries department shaped like a fish, or just for the sheer whimsy of it, like roadside attractions shaped like dinosaurs and whales, this "zoomorphic" style appears all over. 

Here are 25 examples of animal architecture from around the world:

KINDERGARTEN WOLFARTSWEIER
Karlsruhe, Germany 

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A kindergarten shaped like a cat.

CORRUGATED CREATIONS
Tirau, New Zealand

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An information center and a wool outlet shaped like a dog and sheep.

DUCK OF FLANDERS
Flanders, New York

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An egg shop shaped like a duck.

LUCY THE ELEPHANT
Margate City, New Jersey

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A building shaped like an elephant.

FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME
Haywadrd, Wisconsin

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Fishing hall of fame shaped like a musky fish.

DOG BARK PARK INN
Cottonwood, Idaho

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B&B shaped like a beagle.

MACAU PAVILION
Shanghai, China

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The Macau Pavilion at Expo 2010 in Shanghai, shaped like a rabbit.

WHALE BUILDING
Simonoseki, Japan

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A building in a Japanese park shaped like a whale.

CRAB BUILDING
Dagupan, Philippines

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A Philippines building shaped like a crab.

BALADE DES GNOMES
Durbuy, Belgium

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A hotel room shaped like a Trojan horse. 

TURTLE BUILDING
Niagara Falls, New York

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A building in Niagara Falls shaped like a turtle. (Want to redevelop it?)

FISHERIES DEPARTMENT
Hyderabad, India

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A fisheries department shaped like a fish.

GIANT KOALA
Dadswells Bridge, Australia

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A tourist complex shaped like a koala.

ELEPHANT TOWER
Bangkok, Thailand

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A skyscraper shaped like an elephant.

KISHI STATION
Kinokawa, Japan

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This train station is shaped like a cat, and has a cat station master named Tama. In fact, there's also a train there with a cat face: 

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BLUE WHALE
Catoosa, Oklahoma

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A swimming hole structure shaped like a whale.

CABAZON DINOSAURS
Cabazon, California

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A gift shop shaped like a dinosaur, which also houses a creationism museum. Seriously.

CROCODILE HOTEL
Jabiru, Australia

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A Holiday Inn shaped like a crocodile.

CONCH SHELL HOUSE
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

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A house shaped like a conch shell.

NAUTILUS HOUSE
Mexico City, Mexico

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A house shaped like a nautilus.

KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN
Marietta, Georgia

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A KFC shaped like a chicken.

BIG BULL
Wauchope, Australia

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A viewing platform shaped like a bull (sadly torn down in 2007).

L'HEMISFERIC
Valencia, Spain

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An oceanographic park shaped like a fish.

LONGHORN GRILL
Amado, Arizona

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A steakhouse shaped like a longhorn skull.

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