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Saturn-shaped planetarium and book-shaped library: 10 amusing buildings from across the world shaped exactly for the purpose they serve

The National Fisheries Development Board Building in Hyderabad is built in the shape of a huge fish!

Updated:October 19, 2014, 10:41 AM IST
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Saturn-shaped planetarium and book-shaped library: 10 amusing buildings from across the world shaped exactly for the purpose they serve
The National Fisheries Development Board Building in Hyderabad is built in the shape of a huge fish!

It would usually take just a signboard for you to understand what purpose a building serves. A few architects decided to take full control and designed buildings in amusing shapes that give away what they are trying to sell or promote.

The National Fisheries Development Board Building in Hyderabad has been constructed in the shape of a giant fish! Even the Indira Gandhi Planetarium is built in the shape of Saturn with a number of rings around it.

Outside India, there is the Kansas City Public Library in Missouri that looks like a series of books resting on a book shelf. You wouldn't believe it, but an owner of a shoe company got a guest house built in the shape of a shoe! Here are 10 such extreme buildings from around the globe.

The Indira Gandhi Planetarium opened in Patna, India, in the year 1993 and looked exactly like Saturn with rings around it.
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Headquarters of the United Equipment Company, Turlock, California, built in 1976.
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The Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City, Missouri looks like a series of books stacked on a bookshelf.
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National Fisheries Development Board Building, Hyderabad, India, opened in 2012 has been built in the shape of a fish.
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Digital Beijing Building , Beijing, China, by Studio Pei Zhu and Urbanus, 2008. The building looks like a barcode.
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The Longaberger Company headquarters in Newark, Ohio, completed in 1997. It’s 160 times larger (180,000 square foot or 16722 sqm) than the Medium Market Basket, the company’s number one model and providing space for 500 employees.
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The headquarters of Furnitureland South, the largest furniture retailer in the world.
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The Teapot shaped museum in Meitan, China. Meitan is the main producer of green tea in China. The museum is nearly 245 feet tall.
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This shoe shaped building in Hallam, Pennsylvania, was built in 1948. It was used as a guest house by the owner of a shoe company. The 25 feet tall building has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a huge living room and a kitchen. It has now been converted into a museum.
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Haewoojae, a toilet-shaped house, was built by the chairman of the organising committee of the Inaugural General Assembly of the World Toilet Association.
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