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Buildings Shaped Like Animals

Vila Olímpica, Barcelona

In the late 1980s, many architects were obsessed with Grecian columns. Frank Gehry felt that postmodernists weren’t looking back far enough. He surmised that we are all descended from fish and, for the 1992 Olympics, set about creating a structure near the Hotel Arts that would reflect our 300-million-year-old ancestor. The metal canopy, measuring roughly 114 by 177 feet, is supported by a wood and steel space frame and was the first of several fish-inspired buildings Gehry created.

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