Shaped Like What It Sells
The Big Chicken, an Atlanta landmark. Yes, the eyes and beak move.
Sometimes the easiest way to tell what a store sells is by looking at the shape of the store itself. Like a library shaped like a stack of books or a Burger Shack that's a giant burger, Shaped Like What It Sells
is a building that is modeled and designed to look like the product(s) that's inside of it. According to The Field Guide to Sprawl,
in Real Life
, the name for this type of a building is a "duck," after a duck-shaped duckling stand. (The term was coined by architect Robert Venturi.)
Should a giant entity mistake it for the real deal, This Billboard Needs Some Salt
will likely ensue.
A Subtrope of Bizarchitecture
. Not to be confused with Shaped Like Itself
. Compare with Exactly What It Says on the Tin
- In Pinocchio some of the buildings in Pleasure Island, including a smoking house shaped like a pipe and a pool hall in the form of an eight-ball.
- The Pie Hole of Pushing Daisies is shaped like a giant pie.
- There was a joke along these lines in one episode of How I Met Your Mother. Ted was designing a building shaped like a 10-gallon hat for some cheesy Texan Rib-joint franchise. Instead, they went with a Mecha-Godzilla shaped building (wearing a cowboy hat). No businessman is going to have a building design that needlessly complex if he's not going to sell souvenirs inside...unless, of course, he's been charmed by the powers of Sven.
- Arrested Development: The Bluths' one consistent moneymaker is the frozen banana stand, which is shaped like a banana.
- The Brady Bunch: A client, Beebee Gallini, freaks Mike out when she asks him to design her makeup factory first in the shape of a powder puff, then a lipstick, and finally a compact, complete with hinged roof.
- Clarissa Explains It All: Marshall Darling is an architect who seems to specialize in these.
- My Name Is Earl: Pop's Hot Dog Cart◊ in "Stole P's HD Cart."
- In Rollercoaster Tycoon, almost every concession stand has an option to be shaped like the things it sells (and most of these do so by default): A lemonade stand shaped like a lemon, a cold drinks stand shaped like four cans, a burger stand shaped like a cheeseburger...
- Theme Park has the Coffee Shop, Pokey Cola, Big Time Fries and the Big Time Burger shops.
- Banjo-Tooie has Big Al's Burgers and Salty Joe's Fries, a hamburger stand and french fry stand shaped like their respective products.
- In Space Quest 4, Monolith Burger does this, probably for laughs because it's a parody of McDonald's. You even have to work there to make money.
- Fallout: New Vegas has two examples of this that can be found in the Mojave. The first is the Sunset Sarsaparilla factory that has a front entrance shaped liked a bottle of the titular drink. The second is the Dino Delight motel which has a giant Dinky The Dinosaur stature that doubles as a shop that sells small Dinky action figures as well as a few other things. Interestingly, both locations need to be photographed for a sidequest where an artist in New Vegas uses them for inspiration for making his own neon signs.
- The main shops of Neopets are themed like this: The food shop is a hamburger, the book shop is a book, the auction house is a mallet, the post office is a postal parcel, the pizza shop is a pizza, the school supply shop is a pencil, the music shop is a tuba of sorts, health food shop is broccoli, the defence item shop is a helmet, the gift shop is a gift box, the bakery is a peppercake house, the collectible card shop is a cardhouse, the hot dog shop is a hot dog, and the chocolate factory has chocolate topping.
- The balcony of the pizzeria from Teen Titans is shaped like a slice of pizza when seen from above. The floor is the cheese and the tables are the pepperoni.
- Used in CatDog, in the case of bodily parts.
- As well as food, such as Taco Depot.
- SpongeBob SquarePants has a few:
- Glove World is made of many different buildings shaped like gloves.
- The Chum Bucket is in the shape of a giant bucket.
- Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius has McSpankey's Burgers, shaped like a giant burger (though it also has a giant Scotsman's head on the side).
- The patio walk-up to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is shaped like a giant record player. And the round element on stilts (to the left in the referenced photo) is intended to evoke a drum.
- The Oscar Mayer Wiener-Mobile is shaped like a giant wiener.
- The headquarters of the Longaberger basket company is shaped like a giant basket◊.
- Tail o' the Pup in Los Angeles.
- Here's a music building.
- There's a fauna museum in Indonesia with a small reptilian zoo, in the shape of a giant komodo dragon◊.
- This guitar museum◊, which used to be a guitar store (and still has a gift shop).
- Sussex University in the UK, built in the sixties, has a library that looks like an open book and a cinema/arts building that looks like a camera. Only from above, though, so you're not going to notice unless you get to your lectures by helicopter.
- At a slight stretch, BMW Headquarters in Munich is intended to evoke four cylinders in a car engine (with the fiddly bit on top bearing a passing resemblance to spark plugs and cylinder valves, and the round museum next to it is supposed to look like a cylinder head.
- The page image is a picture of The Big Chicken, a real Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant built specifically to look like... well, a big chicken. It's in Marietta, Georgia.
- The Capitol Records Building in Hollywood looks like a stack of records on a spindle.
- One wall of the Kansas City Public Library parking garage is designed to look like a shelf of books (with the stairwells as bookends). It's called The Community Bookshelf.