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12 buildings that look like food

By: Matt Hickman on July 15, 2015, 11:30 a.m.
buildings shaped like a milk bottle, donut and large coffee pot

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A feast for the eyes

When it comes to structures that resemble food, it’s not just water towers that have all the fun.

There are also numerous buildings that resemble gargantuan comestibles. Most of them are roadside works of programmatic architecture — that is, they’re motorist-snaring buildings that represent the food and beverage items served there. Sometimes, the building’s original function changes over the years, as is the case with a landmark giant coffee pot where whiskey shots have long replaced mugs of hot joe.

You could feasibly concoct an entire meal (or at least a really tasty fruit salad) out of our list of notable works of chow-resembling buildings, complete with dessert. Imaginative, eccentric and hugely nostalgic, these food-shaped structures hark back to a time when effectively marketing your business could mean running it out of a three-story citrus fruit. Is there a special food-shaped building that you’d like to add to our architectural grocery list? (Text: Matt Hickman)