The Scoop: What’s in a Name?


Some of the most iconic buildings around the world aren’t always known just for their design. Often times they are more recognized by name. Here is a collection of buildings with quirky but fitting nicknames.

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam= "The Bathtub"

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam= “The Bathtub”


Cylde Auditorium, Glasglow = "The Armadillo"

Cylde Auditorium, Glasglow = “The Armadillo”


175 5th Avenue, NY =  "The Flatiron"

175 5th Avenue, NY = “The Flatiron”


New Zealand Parliament Building, Wellington = "The Beehive"

New Zealand Parliament Building, Wellington = “The Beehive”


Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts = "The Big Egg"

Beijing National Center for the Performing Arts = “The Big Egg”


Olympic Velodrome, London = "The Pringle"

Olympic Velodrome, London = “The Pringle”


122 Leadenhall Street, London = "The Cheese Grater"

122 Leadenhall Street, London = “The Cheese Grater”


China Central TV HQ, Beijing = "The Big Pants"

China Central TV HQ, Beijing = “The Big Pants”


MIT's Simmons Hall, Cambridge, MA = "The Sponge"

MIT Simmons Hall, Cambridge, MA = “The Sponge”


Centre Pompidou-Metz, France = "The Chinese Hat"

Centre Pompidou-Metz, France = “The Chinese Hat”



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