Ordinary, everyday objects--that's what most architectural sobriquets refer to. A gherkin, a paperclip, a typewriter, a stapler, mushrooms, milk cartons, cereal boxes, dildos... These kinds of endearing associations create a pop-cultural world parallel to Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen's, whose inflated, oversized banal objects are exactly what the "untrained eye" seems to see in many buildings.
"La macchina per scrivere" (the typewriter), Rome.
|"La grapadora" (the stapler) by MBM, Barcelona|
"De paperklip" (the paper clip) by Carel Weeber, Rotterdam.
|"Las setas" (the mushrooms) by Jürgen Mayer H., Seville.|
"El tampax" (the tampon), by Toyo Ito, Barcelona
|"La pedrera" (the stone quarry) by Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona.|
|La colmena (the beehive), by Taller de Arquitectura, Barcelona|
|La gasolinera (the gas station), by Viaplana, Piñon, Miralles, Barcelona|
|"The gherkin" by Foster, London|
|La râpe à fromage (cheese grater), Roger d'Astous & Jean Paul Pothier, Montreal|
|La chute à linge (laundry chute) by Moshe Safdie, Montreal (photo courtesy nwaonline.com)|
One of many "milk cartons" by IKOY, Winnipeg