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Take a look at some of the most amazing animal shaped buildings around the world. A tourist attraction or a marketing strategy, these buildings represent some of the best architects' creations.

The Fishing hall of fame in Hayward, Wisconsin shaped like a musky fish or an egg shop in Flanders, New York shaped like a duck - how does it sound? Like a tourist attraction or just a crazy idea. Take a look at this amazing image collection of animal shaped buildings around the word and decide yourself. These extraordinary architecture solutions definitely bring a fresh and outstanding vibe to each city’s infrastructure they are placed in.

1. KINDERGARTEN WOLFARTSWEIER
Karlsruhe, Germany

In this kitty’s belly is placed a whole kindergarten. The building is designed by Tomi Ungerer and Ayla Suzan Yöndel in 2011. Its purpose is to turn on children’s imagination and bring more fun in their daily life.

2. CORRUGATED CREATIONS
Tirau, New Zealand

The next two images come from a small town in New Zealand, called Tirau. The Dog Shaped and the Sheep Shaped buildings are located on a same street and both were constructed in 1990s. The Dog Building is their local i-SITE Visitor Centre, while the Sheep Building has a simpler role - a wool and craft shop. Such huge buildings in untypical shapes are placed all over New Zealand.

3. DUCK OF FLANDERS
Flanders, New York

This is one of the oldest animal shaped buildings in our collection - built in 1931 by the local farmer, Martin Maurer. He used to sell ducks and duck eggs and the purpose of the building was absolutely promotional. This idea became not only a successful marketing and selling method, but the building earned so much fame that it is today one ofLong Island’s leading landmarks.

4. LUCY THE ELEPHANT
Margate City, New Jersey

Built of a million pieces of wood, weighing about 90 tons, this is the world’s largest Elephant Shaped building. It was called Lucy by its designer - James V. Lafferty. Lucy used to have business offices, a restaurant, and a tavern inside. Today She is a tourist attraction - a small museum of her own history. Lucy is not the only Lafferty’s architecture creation - he built three other giant elephant shaped buildings. One of the is placed in Coney Island, New York, and the other one - in Cape May.

5. FRESHWATER FISHING HALL OF FAME
Haywadrd, Wisconsin

The other museum in this collection is the fish shaped landmark “Shrine to Anglers”, located in the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. It is hand-sculpted and shaped as a giant Muskie with a wide-open jaw, where an observation platform is placed, capable of accommodating more than 20 persons.

6. DOG BARK PARK INN
Cottonwood, Idaho

The biggest beagle in the world -Sweet Willy is a 30-feet tall dog shaped building, located in Dog Bark Park Inn in Cottonwood, Idaho. The artists Dennis J. Sullivan and his wife, Frances Conklin, have built Sweet Willy in order to host the area visitors, offering a bed and breakfast.

7. GIANT KOALA
Dadswells Bridge, Australia

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The Giant Koalais the next impressive tourist complex. Placed in Dadswells Bridge, midway between the Victorian towns of Stawell & Horsham, this Koala building is one of the Australia’s ‘Big Things’.

8. WHALE BUILDING
Simonoseki, Japan

9. BLUE WHALE
Catoosa, Oklahoma

10. CABAZON DINOSAURS
Cabazon, California

11. BIG BULL
Wauchope, Australia

12. CROCODILE HOTEL
Jabiru, Australia

13. CRAB BUILDING
Dagupan, Philippines

14. FISHERIES DEPARTMENT
Hyderabad, India

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15. KISHI STATION
Kinokawa, Japan

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