National Fisheries Development Board building – The fish-shaped building in Hyderabad

The three-story, 1,920-square-meter structure was designed this way by the Central Public Works Department of India for the simple reason that the work done inside relates to fishing.

The National Fisheries Development Board building is an effective example of mimetic architecture, in which the form of a structure plays a role in its function. This includes the left pectoral fin doubling as an awning above the staircase to the entrance, and the two circular windows acting as eyes.

The building is clad in stainless steel panels and, apart from the central core, is completely raised off the ground on pale blue piloti. Blue-purple spotlights illuminate the building at night, giving the impression that the ‘giant fish’ is swimming through Hyderabad.

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