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Animal Houses: The Top 10 Bizarre Zoomorphic Buildings

Whether you're selling a pet-related product, providing service to animals or just want to make people smile, securing space in a building that looks like an animal is the way to go. This collection of zoomorphic buildings will definitely appeal to the worldwide fraternity of animal-lovers, with the extra bonus of NO double secret probation.  

Dee Katze Kindergarten, France

Remember when you hated going to school? If so, you most likely didn't attend the Dee Katze Kindergarten in Karlsruhe, Germany. Or maybe you just weren't a cat person, or perhaps you're a mouse. (Pet Building image via Milk Japon)

Macau Pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010

Macau is sort of a Portuguese-accented version of Hong Kong that's a bit less crowded... unless you're in one of the many magnificent casinos. So why was Macau's pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 designed in the shape of a rabbit? Because rabbits are lucky... at least their feet are, and most rabbits have four of them! (Pet Building image via Asia Explorers)

Cat Island Cabins, Japan

Summer visitors to Tashirojima, Japan's “Island of Cats”, can stay in one of these ridiculously cute cat-shaped cabins and really, why wouldn't you? It's about the only time a guy can spend time in a cat-house with his spouse's approval. (Pet Building image via Tofugu)

Elephant Building, Thailand

The Elephant Building in Bangkok, Thailand, regularly makes lists of the world's ugliest buildings owing to its odd three-legged design. Not even the natives want to stay there – the entire upper level is rumored to be unfinished. (Pet Building image via Varming)

Kishi Station, Japan

When Tama, Japan's most famous stationmaster cat rocketed to worldwide fame in 2007 the powers that be at the Wakayama Electric Railway decided to give scruffy old Kishi Station in Kinokawa a suitable makeover... which means, it was remodeled to look like a cat's head. (Pet Building image via Dadablog Seesaa)

The Sheep Building, Tirau, New Zealand

The Tirau Tourist Information Centre in Waikato, New Zealand tells visitors pretty much everything they need to know before they even enter the painted corrugated sheet-metal building. (Pet Building image via Geolocation)

Sheepdog Building, Tirau, New Zealand

If it's true you can't get too much of good thing, then the city authorities in Tirau must think their giant sheep building is really, really good... or, they just ordered too much corrugated sheet-metal the first time and it was too much of a hassle to send it back. Another possible explanation is that this is the HQ of Mutt Cutts and the van's parked out back. (Pet Building image via DsgnWrld)

Heisei Animal Hospital, Japan

It's no fun going to the hospital but knowing your hospital looks like a huge cat has got to reduce the stress levels somewhat. The Heisei Animal Hospital is a perfect example of how to always look on the bright side of life whether you're a sick cat, dog, bird or python. (Pet Building image via Heisei Animal Hospital)

Lagos Elephant House, Nigeria

You know that annoying neighbor who brings down your property values with his “tasteful” home improvements? This guy makes that guy look like Tim Allen on steroids. At least he lives in Lagos, Nigeria so you don't have to see his house nor answer his emails. (Pet Building image via National Mirror)

Black Cat Building, Japan

Animal houses don't have to be weird, wacky, impractical or eyesores as this creative construct in Tokyo illustrates. Who wouldn't be pleasantly surprised to round the corner and come across this big black cat? Everyone, that's who... well, everyone except dogs. (Pet Building image via K.Suzuki)



Living, working, eating or all of the above in an animal-shaped building just has to enrich your existence – the very act of entering or leaving one is enough to put a smile on your face. If only everyone's life could be so ruff! (Pet Building image via Tekstu)

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Nov 23, 2012
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That "the Big Chicken"

That "the Big Chicken" outside Atlanta isn't on this list is wrong.

Nov 25, 2012
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Actually the Macau pavilion

Actually the Macau pavilion was inspired by the Rabbit lanterns of the mid-Autumn festival, and right now Macau is probably the most densely populated place on earth...

Nov 29, 2012
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What happened to Lucy the

What happened to Lucy the elephant in New Jersey USA?

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