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Is It an Office Building or a Donut?

If you’re like most of us, your cubicle is located in an office building shaped like a shoebox, or, if your company is fancy, perhaps a collection of mirrors. If you work at Apple, however, you might soon be working in donut.

A donut? Yes, a donut. To be specific, a “massive glass donut,” large enough for 12,000 people. Located in Cupertino, Calif., the office would contain an on-site energy center, a cafe big enough to seat 3,000 people, and an interior courtyard. What it wouldn’t contain, according to Steve Jobs, is a single “straight piece of glass.”

If this sounds weird to you, consider a few other food-shaped office buildings already in existence:

1. An Office That Looks Like Bacon
Albion House in Liverpool, UK, doesn’t look like a strip of bacon, it’s true. But there’s no denying the bacon-y appearance of its striped facade. It’s also the oldest food-inspired building on our list, having been built in 1890 by the White Star Line.

2. An Office Building Shaped Like Beer, and Another Shaped Like Coffee
The architect who designed the Asahi Brewery headquarters in Tokyo will be in charge of creating our mansion when we become millionaires. Seriously, beer and coffee together? This is like the Fireworks, Candy and Puppy Dog Store of office buildings.

3. The Office Building Shaped Like a Picnic Basket
OK, this one isn’t technically a piece of food. But it is food-related, and reminds us of Yogi Bear, so it gets a spot in the list. No word on whether employees at the Longaberger Office Network in Newark, Ohio run around yelling, “Hey, Boo-Boo! Let’s go get some picanick baskets!” But we totally would if we were them.

4. The Museum Building Shaped Like an Easter Egg
The Pysanka Museum in the Ukraine houses a collection of 10,000 Ukrainian Easter Eggs. It’s also shaped like an Easter Egg, which was wonderfully bizarre enough to warrant its inclusion. (Hey, someone has to work at the museum, right?)

5. The Office Building Shaped Like a Pickle
The skyscraper at 30 St. Mary Axe in London was built during 2001-2003 on the site of the former Baltic Exchange. Its 40 floors house the Swiss Re Insurance company, and it’s famous for being London’s first environmentally sustainable office building … and for being shaped like a pickle. In fact, the building is often referred to by a pickle-inspired nickname, the Gherkin, which is slightly more family-friendly that its other nicknames: the Towering Innuendo or the Crystal Phallus.

Which brings us to our final point. If you still find the idea of buildings shaped like non-buildings sort of odd, look at it this way: At least Apple’s new office won’t be shaped like this.

Image sources: 1. Seattle Weekly, 2., 3., 4. 5.

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