December 18, 2003
Buildings that look (a bit) like animals number one

Knowing my tastes in buildings, Michael Jennings emailed me with news of this building in Bangkok. It looks exactly like … an elephant! Well, it looks vaguely like an elephant, once you've been told that it's called the The Elephant Building.

elephant.jpg

Here's a bigger version of that picture, and to find out what the rest of Bangkok looks like start at this smaller picture of the Elephant and keep clicking. Make sure you get as far as here, and scroll sideways.

Don't think much of its trunk, but I still like it.

I'd love to know how this thing got built. My preferred version is that this ultra modernist purist did his design, like cricket stumps, on steroids, and rectangular, and they all stood around thinking: Christ that's ugly, or whatever that is in Budhhist. Then some bloke had a brainwave. He said: "Hey, if you stuck some eyes in it, and put tusks and ears on it here and here, and cut a bit off at the end here, you could make it look just like an elephant!"

And the modernist said "Noooooooooooo!!!!!!!!", but finished it anyway as ordered, and was then arrested trying to blow it up.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 10:58 PM
Category: Architecture