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Bizarre Buildings by Paul Cattermole

Bizarre Buildings

by Paul Cattermole

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This is a portmanteau book of a lot of buildings that are well-known and a few that aren't. The most bizarre building is that on the cover and that's what tempted me to buy it. The concept, though good, seems to have been watered-down into what photographs are publicly available, perhaps not all, but I recognise quite a few of them, and the text isn't particularly illuminating.

I can't really recommend the book except to give it as a gift to someone who likes architecture but isn't that knowledgeable about it. ( )
  Petra.Xs | Apr 2, 2013 |
Just an amusing look at buildings that make you smile or shake your head. Either way, it's architecture that makes you look twice. ( )
  neferset | May 29, 2008 |
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This intriguing book selects the world's most extreme and sometimes weird buildings and structures. Some illustrate the personal expression of an individual builder or patron who has a vision well beyond the norm, while others were built by architects pushing the conventional boundaries of design. Some of the buildings are masterpieces on a larger scale. Examples include Frank Gehry's iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, with its glistening, undulating walls. Some are indeed "follies" -- buildings that have no purpose -- including the surreal shark sticking out of the roof of a house in Oxford, England. Many of these strange buildings have a more obvious provenance, not as architectural follies, but as deliberate marketing ventures of the owner's product. In Flanders, New York, the Big Duck building is actually shaped like a duck in honour of the poultry once sold there.… (more)

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