In New Zealand, like in many other countries, corrugated iron is a common material used to build structures such as barns and storage sheds. In Tirau, Waikato, this pervasive material has been used to built rediculous looking animal-shaped buildings. The Sheep Wool Gallery is a sheep skin rug and novalty shop, while the Big Dog Building is an Information Centre. The buildings was built in 1994 and is seen alongside the main road in Tirau.
2. Lucy the Elephant, Margate City, New Jersey
Certainly a more attractive architectural formation than the other buildings mentioned in this post.
Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant-shaped structure that weights 90 tons. Lucy was constructed in 1882 by James V. Lafferty in Margate City, New Jersey in an effort to sell real estate and attract tourism. Over the years, Lucy had served as a restaurant, business office, cottage, and tavern. Lucy had fallen into disrepair by the 1960s and was scheduled for demolition. She was moved and refurbished as a result of a "Save Lucy" campaign in 1970 and received designation as a National Historic Landmark in 1976.Lucy was struck by lightning for the first time in Spring 2006; the tips of the tusks became blackened.
Lafferty, in fact, constructed several elephant-shaped buildings. Lucy was the first. The second was The Elephant Colossus at Coney Island amustement park, it was a twelve story structure, but was destroyd by a fire in 1896. The third was the 'Light of Asia, or 'Old Dumbo' built at Cape May in 1884 but was later torn down. Only Lucy was lucky enough to survive into the next century.
3. Shark Bar, Perm, Russia
There's nothing spectacular about this architectural attempt...actually it defines the word 'ridiculous'. Russia should be ashamed...it's the last place on earth I would have guessed this 'structural wonder' would call home. I tried to search for more historical info and stuff...but it just proofs that there is nothing worth saying about Russia's Shark Bar.
4. Giant Muskie, Hayward, Wisconsin
This museum in the shape of a leaping muskie is an aglers shrine. The structure is one-half city block long and four and one-half stories tall, and made of concrete, steel and fiberglass. Its gaping open jaw accommodates about 20 persons or more as an observation platform. The landmark is surrounded by a quarter-acre nature pond.
The museum houses fishing artifacts an inventory of over 5,000 dated lures, hundreds of antique rods, reels and angling accessories, and more than 400 mounts of near 200 different species of fish. The building-idea was brought to live in 1960 by Bob Kutz.
4. Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho, USA
Dennis & Frances are not only the owners of this gigantic beagle in Idaho, but with Dennis’ background in the construction/building design industry prior to becoming an artist, he built the dog himself. Guests enter the body of the beagle from a private 2nd storey deck. Inside and up another level to the head of the dog is a loft room with additional sleeping space plus a cozy alcove in the muzzle. The dog's construction was completed in 2003 and id 30 feet tall, 34 feet long and 14 feet wide.
5. Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn, Jabiru, Kakadu National Park, Australia
Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn is a unique hotel that is shaped like a crocodile located in the centre of the world heritage listed KAKADU National Park. It is a popular base for exploring the rugged beauty of the vast National Park.