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[[caption-width-right:307:The Big Chicken, an UsefulNotes/{{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 RealLife, 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, ThisBillboardNeedsSomeSalt will likely ensue.

A Subtrope of {{Bizarrchitecture}}. Not to be confused with ShapedLikeItself. Compare with ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* One ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story started with an EstablishingShot of Mega-City One that included a [[FlyingCar fly]]-thru [[FutureFoodIsArtificial munceburger]] joint shaped like a giant burger.
* In ''ComicBook/GorskyAndButch'', the fish-themed mad scientist Fishtein's secret hideout is shaped like a giant cod.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Disney/{{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.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The film adaptation of ''Film/TheCatInTheHat'' went with this design philosophy for the surrounding town, [[http://www.diffenbacher.com/photos/2003/Pomona/view1.jpg placing large, 2-3 meters-tall sculptures of merchandise on storefronts where you would expect to see signs]] to produce a whimsical aesthetic. Depicted in the movie itself is a hardware store with a sculpture of a hammer about to drive in a nail, a shoe store depicting a shoe, and the florist with a sculpture of a daisy-like flower in a flowerpot.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The Pie Hole of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' is shaped like a giant pie.
* There was a joke along these lines in one episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. 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.
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'': The Bluths' one consistent moneymaker is the frozen banana stand, which is shaped like a banana.
* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': 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.
* ''Series/ClarissaExplainsItAll'': Marshall Darling is an architect who seems to specialize in these.
* ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'': [[http://images.wikia.com/mynameisearl/images/e/ea/1x13a.jpg Pop's Hot Dog Cart]] in "Stole P's HD Cart."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/RollercoasterTycoon'', 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...
* ''VideoGame/ThemePark'' has the Coffee Shop, Pokey Cola, Big Time Fries and the Big Time Burger shops.
* ''[[VideoGame/BanjoKazooie 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 ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'' 4, Monolith Burger does this, probably for laughs because it's a parody of UsefulNotes/McDonalds. You even have to work there to make money.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' 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 ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series has quite a few of these such as Rusty Brown's Ring Donuts.
* The ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' series has an interesting aversion to this trope: rather than being shaped like what they sell, buildings are often shaped like the pokemon who own them.
* In ''VideoGame/PaRappaTheRapper'', the "Sweety Cakes" bake shop is shaped like a giant cake.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' there's a fish shop with a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20150601 fish shaped roof in the underground of Paris.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* [[http://www.neopets.com/objects.phtml The main shops]] of ''Website/{{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.
** Technically, you only ever get to see the shops on a ''map'' of the area, and as the maps aren't drawn to scale there's no reason to assume these aren't just cutesy pictorial images (there are real-world maps taking a similar approach). That said, the maps were drawn well after Neopets had [[LighterAndSofter given up their first efforts]] toward world-building, so they could equally well be representative.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Many of the stores and cars in WesternAnimation/TheBusyWorldOfRichardScarry count.
* Used in ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', in the case of [[MakesSenseInContext bodily parts]].
** As well as food, such as Taco Depot.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' has [=McSpankey's=] Burgers, shaped like a giant burger (though it also has a giant Scotsman's head on the side).
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Sugar Cube Corner, the bakery and sweet shop where Pinkie Pie lives/works, is done up to look like a gingerbread house, and has a tower on top shaped like a cupcake.
* The Chokey Chicken of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' has a big cartoon chicken on the roof.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Lard Lad donuts shaped as a giant boy holding at platter with an donut.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' 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.
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%%% I'm not sure about this. I think in the episode where Patrick was hired to come up with catchy slogans for the Chum Bucket, he actually was selling buckets of chum.
* The balcony of the pizzeria from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' is shaped like a slice of pizza when seen from above. The floor is the cheese and the tables are the pepperoni.
* ''WesternAnimation/TuffPuppy'' has quite a few of these such as Taco Bull which is shaped as a taco bull.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' episode "Cupcake Job", the bears work on a cupcake shop shaped like a cupcake.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The patio walk-up to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland is [[http://johnkosich.wordpress.com/2011/03/10/the-rock-hall-record-player-design/ 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 Wienermobile is shaped like a giant wiener.
* The headquarters of the Longaberger basket company is [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b2/Newark-ohio-longaberger-headquarters-front.jpg shaped like a giant basket]].
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tail_o_the_Pup Tail o' the Pup]] in Los Angeles.
* Here's a [[http://ego-alterego.com/2011/07/piano-house/#.T5z4nKtYvgA music building]].
* There's a fauna museum in Indonesia with a small reptilian zoo, in the shape of a [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_LJDDctMWc-Q/SoN661JFYeI/AAAAAAAAAYs/3PATq2IVldE/s400/museumkomodo.jpg giant komodo dragon]].
* [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/Grand_Guitar.jpeg 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, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_Headquarters 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.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitol_Records_Building 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 [[http://www.kclibrary.org/community-bookshelf The Community Bookshelf]].
* The Big Nickel in Sudbury, Ontario in Canada. Originally built as a standalone tourist attraction, it was later moved and incorporated into Dynamic Earth, an earth sciences exhibit and permanent exhibition at Sudbury's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Science_North Science North]] museum.
* Twistee Treat ice cream stands all look like giant bowls of ice cream with each location being colored and decorated differently to represent a different "flavor".