Novelty architecture can take on many fantastical forms — think municipal water towers done up like peaches and soft serve-shaped ice cream stands — but animal-shaped buildings are in a league of their own.
Often built as roadside attractions meant to lure motorists off the highway, these completely functional structures serve a greater purpose than just kitschy ornamentation. Some are truly mimetic — that is, the building is representative of its original purpose be it a poultry shop, seafood restaurant or woolen clothing boutique. Others are more symbolic, which is probably a good thing.
We’ve rounded up several examples of zoological-inspired architecture from around the globe, focusing on an array of critters, terrestrial and aquatic, domesticated and wild, cute and fearsome. And if we’ve left out an animal-shaped building — no dinosaurs or sculptures, please — that you’ve visited, tell us about in the comments section. (Text: Matt Hickman)