L'elephant triomphal

In 1758, French architect Charles Ribart proposed an elephant-shaped structure to be erected on the site where the Arc de Triomphe now stands. Equipped with a kind of air conditioning and furniture that would fold up into the walls, the three-level structure would've had a drainage system built into the elephant's trunk.

Update: in comments Joseph Barbaccia points out a more contemporary cousin of Ribart's elephant — Lucy, a 124-year-old structure in Margate, New Jersey, dubbed "the world's largest elephant."


Joseph Barbaccia said...

Check this out in Margate, NJ.


And artwork of the same.


Paul Schmelzer said...

Wow. Thanks for the links!

nick said...

and the elephant building in bangkok athansius
(or older link via me! blanketfort (2nd to last))