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