1. Dog and Sheep Buildings: Tirau, NZ
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 were built in 1994 and is seen alongside the main road in Tirau.
2. Lucy the Elephant, Margate City, New Jersey
Lucy the Elephant is a six-story elephant-shaped structure that weighs 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.
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.
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 is 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.