The Bar Code Building, St. Petersburg, Russia

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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.

Strange
Trend:
There’s also a
Barcode House by the Dutch architecture firm MVRDV on the outskirts of Munich, but it’s much more subtle.
—Karrie Jacobs

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.

Strange
Trend:
There’s also a
Barcode House by the Dutch architecture firm MVRDV on the outskirts of Munich, but it’s much more subtle.
—Karrie Jacobs

Anton Chmelev [1] [1] http://www.flickr.com/photos/unton/415375587/

World's Strangest Buildings

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