World's Strangest Buildings
The Bar Code Building, St. Petersburg, Russia
Near the banks of the Neva River, this trade complex by Vitruvius & Sons transforms the world’s most ubiquitous symbol of commerce—the bar code—into a powerful architectural motif. It can be read as an update of American-style roadside classics like the giant Dixie Cup water tower of Lexington, KY, or Detroit’s giant Uniroyal Tire. The rust-red steel building brightens an otherwise bleak urban setting.
Trend: There’s also a
Barcode House by the Dutch architecture firm MVRDV on the outskirts of Munich, but it’s much more subtle.