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Comment: this might not be that common outside of the
Chicago area, but it's very familiar within the Windy City. Our skyline
includes a prominent diamond-shaped building that people refer to as "The
Y" or with less subtlety as "The Vagina Building." (It was featured in the
film "Adventures in Babysitting.") The story goes that a female architect,
fed up with skylines dominated by what she thought were multiple phallic
symbols, decided to design a high-rise with a more feminine appearance.
I've heard this repeated over and over, and some friends insist that they
heard it on an architecture tour. I looked up the name online, and found
out it's called the Smurfit-Stone Building. Here's some info --
http://www.emporis.com/en/wm/bu/?id=116680

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Methuselah
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The building isn't really any less phallic than any other standard skyscraper. If a female architect really wanted a female genitalia inspired building, she should design an underground structure with a center courtyard. [Razz]

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Googling a bit, I found this:

From Six o Six magazine:

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Now, before calling the Smurfit-Stone building a symbol for feminism, I had to call A. Epstein & Sons International, Inc., the architectural firm who designed the building back in 1984. According to Sid Epstein, one of the original architects, the building was designed to take advantage of the space on 150 North Michigan Avenue and to maximize the view overlooking Grant Park and Lake Michigan. When asked about any feminist or anti-phallic intention, he grew perplexed and almost annoyed, saying he had never heard of that claim before.

“[The designers] never had that thought in mind. It was never their intention. I assure you, absolutely not,” he repeated.




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quote:
Originally posted by Milhouse Van Houten:
The building isn't really any less phallic than any other standard skyscraper. If a female architect really wanted a female genitalia inspired building, she should design an underground structure with a center courtyard. [Razz]

Don't know how "female" this building is, but it's definitely not phallic:

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as previously discussed
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Bad Actor
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Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. I don't see anything is remotely female in this design.

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that's one abstract vagina.

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Looks sort of like the middle part of the San Francisco MOMA.

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NeeCD
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From the link in the OP:

"The building's designer was Sheldon Schlegman of A. Epstein & Sons."

If "Sheldon" is a she...

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I think it's silly the way people have such a tendency to try to make every single shape fit into the context of sexual organs. And as has been noted, if you're going to look for a building that looks like a vagina, long towers jutting into the air are generally not your best bet.

No, a far more likely candidate is this design that was considered for a Beijing 2008 Olympics stadium: http://www.bjghw.gov.cn/forNationalStadium/indexeng.asp

(The set on the top, of course.) Although that could also be seen as an eye, particularly the one on the bottom right.

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In San Francisco there's the Transamerica Building, giving the finger to all of Marin County.

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Some peole think the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art building looks like a vagina.
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The "Big O" in Montreal. Vulval?
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Funny, the differently shaded top and the "slit" in it, make it look even more like a penis to me.

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I love that building. Our first trip to Chicago I was just mesmerized by it in the night skyline. Beleive me I have one of the "dirtiest" minds ever and I saw nothing sexual in it just creative architecture that stood out in a city with a lot of creative architecture.

in case you can't tell we really loved Chicago.
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If anything, I find that building even more phallic than most others...the diamond-shaped part at the top with the little slot in it looks like a very stylized representation of the glans penis, with urethral opening.

Nonny

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I used to attend this church in Mesa, AZ for a short time right after this building opened. The architecture is supposed to be reminiscent of the orange groves that used to be there, but when you approach it from certain angles it looks like, well, boobs. [Eek!]

http://www.zzconsulting.com/images/Church.jpg

I always wanted to ask the people there "what were you thinking?" but never did.

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WTF....... none of those (except prolly belaglik's) look dirty. I think it's just perversion.

Aqua--"And the Empire State Building is a penis, too"--dude

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quote:
Originally posted by Snafucated:
The "Big O" in Montreal. Vulval?

OK So I think we've figured it out. Men get skyscrapers and office blocks, women get stadiums and ball parks.

Sound fair?

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The nuclear power plant in San Onofre has always looked like boobs to me. My friends and I call it the "Ode to Dolly Parton".
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One of the Naked Gun films uses the mammary-like appearance of the San Onofre nuke plant as the punchline to a joke.
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The 16-sided Nott Memorial at Union College in Schenectady was known as either the Tit of Tutelage or the Nipple of Knowledge.
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waffles....

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quote:
Originally posted by MOWOG:
The 16-sided Nott Memorial at Union College in Schenectady was known as either the Tit of Tutelage or the Nipple of Knowledge.

It was just known as "Nott's Nipple" when I was there.

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