The shit building

When I went the first time to Asakusa and saw the Asahi Beer headquarters, my imagination told me that the strange sculpture on top of the building could be a “drop of beer”, because it’s golden and it looks like a drop? But a friend told me that the french artist who created the sculpture designed it to be a “flame”. My guess was far from right.

After some time I realized that Japanese have a nickname for this building. They call it “the shit building” (うんこビル) because it looks like the shape how Japanese/mangakas usually draw shits.

What do you see, a shit? a beer drop? a flame? a tarako? a spermatozoid?

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11 Comments
  • raindrop

    December 6, 2007 at 9:22 am

    Stark is the name of the designer.

    he is controversal in France too. 😉

    For example he designed a remote that was shaped like a Scepter for Thomsom.

    But then, Thomson took away the remote because TV sales plummetted.

    It is said because the remote was shaped like a sex-toy….

    see by yourself:

    http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Image:Phillipe-starck-001.jpg

  • sheerblade

    December 6, 2007 at 10:39 am

    ^ People will use anything now adays.

  • Brad

    December 6, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    I always called it the “Sperm Building”.

  • Tadashi

    December 6, 2007 at 6:34 pm

    I see a wavy daikon or a golden hitodama

  • theshadow99

    December 7, 2007 at 6:02 am

    I have to agree with Brad… My first thought is ‘golden sperm’ on seeing it… With the effect of beer on procreation it’s probably even topical for a brewery… ^_^

  • Locksley McPherson Jnr

    December 7, 2007 at 1:35 pm

    LOL! it just looks disgusting!

  • Adriaan

    December 9, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    Yeah, worst design ever. I passed that building many times and always thought it was the logo for a company promoting fertility or something.

  • henry

    December 10, 2007 at 11:49 pm

    Philippe Starck designed this building, the interior is incredible. However, i must say it does look like someone pinched a chimp on top of it.

  • kirai

    December 11, 2007 at 8:19 am

    I’ve never been inside, I should go inside next time. Thx henry.

  • JAPANESE_SUCK_CHINESE_COCK

    December 16, 2007 at 12:46 am

    IT IS THE SHIT BUILDING BECAUSE CHINESE PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN LOADS OF BIG SHITS IN THAT BUILDING. OR IS IT JUST CHINESE PEOPLE TAKING HUGE LOADS OF SHIT IN JAPAN?

  • haha

    May 14, 2008 at 8:09 am

    My grandmother and my cousins live near that area, and my brother always called it うんこビル but I heard from my dad that it was supposed to be a torch… to commemorate the Olympics or something.