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"Many architectural wonders attempt to achieve notoriety by the novelty of their design or their beauty. Sometimes the public has different ideas and a nickname sticks that the builders never intended. Which of these do you recognize?"
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What is the endearing nickname given to the glass dome on the Reichstag building in Berlin?
the glass onion
the disco ball
the cheese cover
What is the unflattering nickname which was immediately adopted for the CCTV media building in Beijing?
Rome's monument to Vittorio Emanuele II, near the forum, has been the object of much ridicule. Which of the following is NOT a nickname attributed to this edifice?
the wedding cake
In Paris the George Pompidou Center is a modern landmark. What nickname stuck with the Parisians for this colorful building with ductwork and wiring on the outside?
the spaghetti rainbow
the cruise liner
The Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain is a marvelous Frank Gehry creation, and has failed thus far to have a single nickname stick. One appealing nickname proposed makes reference to the layers of apparent peeling metal, evoking the term "the silver _________".
The Casa Mila, Antonio Gaudi's noteworthy Barcelona building known for its paucity of straight lines, is better known as:
the brown grotto
London is undergoing a skyline transformation with a conglomeration of architectural oddities, allegedly to compensate for the impression that the buildings in central London had been boring. Which of the following is not a nickname for current or proposed contributions to this architectural menagerie?
the glass testicle
the can of ham
the milk jug
The Sydney opera house is another famous structure without a nickname, although most people think of sails, and "drowning nuns" has been proposed, because of the resemblance to nun's habits. The nearby harbor bridge, however, does have a nickname. It is commonly known as the ?
We all know Beijing's bird's nest stadium, but the Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts has been tapped the "big duck egg".
The General Electric building in New York City has appropriately been nicknamed what?
the crackerjack box
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Compiled Jun 28 12