A beautiful Duck.

April 13, 2010 at 1:46 pm 1 comment

In Learning From Las Vegas, authors Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi, and Steven Izenour set up a dividing line between two kinds of symbolic architecture. The first was the Decorated Shed, a building with signage or other visual (usually denotative) symbols added on. The second was the Duck, a “building that is itself a symbol“. Their example was a large duck located on Long Island.

New York’s Big Duck, not to be confused with Georgia’s Big Chicken

Though this style of architecture hasn’t gained much traction in the design world, I did recently come across a beautiful example of a Duck: the new Shell Museum in the city of Dalian in Northeastern China, intended to look like a large seashell.

Dalian Shell Museum

April 13’s daily design idea is what’s your favorite Duck?


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  • 1. Form and Content 101. « Daily Design Idea  |  December 22, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    […] 1. Learning From Las Vegas (Revised Edition) by Robert Venturi, Design Scott Brown, and Steven Izenour Particularly the part of the book that deals with the Decorated Shed vs. the Duck. […]


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