Talk:Novelty architecture

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w:Tiger Balm Garden, the miniature town near The Hague, ...

Architecture should link here & vice versa. Pashley (talk) 19:30, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Nice article! Ikan Kekek (talk) 05:43, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
A good idea indeed. It seems like this article might want to refer to Big things in Australia as well, though I'm not sure how/where... Texugo (talk) 11:23, 4 August 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps a "See also Big things in Australia" note at the beginning of the article. Ikan Kekek (talk) 12:25, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

London skyscrapers[edit]

They're not in the strictest term "novelty", but towers such as the Shard, the Cheesegrater, the Walkie-Talkie and the Gherkin (and its lookalike in Barcelona) are popularly named after the everyday things they supposedly look like. The question I have, is are they within the scope of this article, or do they belong elsewhere? --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 11:34, 19 December 2017 (UTC)

Big towers in Pudong
While I'm thinking about it, the Lipstick Building in New York definitely belongs, and I would also ask whether to include the Chrysler Building, with hood ornaments in place of gargoyles. Ikan Kekek (talk) 18:05, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
They definitely belong on the same list as the Gherkin et al, but whether that list belongs here is what I'm wondering. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 18:12, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
I don't know. I tend to think not, because though Londoners gave the buildings fitting nicknames, they aren't as obviously imitations of those objects as the structures pictured in the article such as the basket, the ketchup bottle and the blue whale. However, the Lipstick Building is expressly built to look like lipstick, so I think it does belong. I'm leaning against considering the Chrysler Building as a whole to be an example of novelty architecture, because while it does have hood ornaments, it doesn't look like a car and is one of the great buildings in the U.S., not just a building with novelty value. Ikan Kekek (talk) 03:52, 24 December 2017 (UTC)
Foreigners in Shanghai sometimes call the leftmost of the three towers shown "the bottle opener". All three are over 400m (a quarter mile) tall & are tourist attractions. Pashley (talk) 04:47, 24 December 2017 (UTC)
Yep, Ikan Kekek, I think I agree with your considered take on it. --ThunderingTyphoons! (talk) 19:27, 24 December 2017 (UTC)
It looks like I'm incorrect about the Lipstick Building, and it belongs in the exact same category as the Shard, Cheesegrater, Gherkin, etc.: w:Lipstick Building. I had thought it was at one time the headquarters of some cosmetics company, but apparently not. Ikan Kekek (talk) 06:19, 25 December 2017 (UTC)