One of the architects that I work with alerted me to THIS monstrosity being perpetrated on the (already monstrous, admittedly) city of Pella, Iowa. Pella, which is known for its windows and faux-Pennsylvania Dutch culture (which basically means that Iowans are too wussy to eat scrapple). The design geniuses at Wal-Mart HQ in Arkansas cooked up a little 7-Gabled wonder that they will plop down into a Pella strip mall. Does the Smoothie King down the block double as a has bar? According to the Des Moines Register:
The facade of the store will include some architectural features that will fit well with the community's Dutch flavor, Mayor Darrell Dobernecker said.We can only hope that the nearby town of Amana, Iowa will counter with a windmill-shaped K-Mart.
"We were very impressed with the way Wal-Mart stepped up with a design to keep the building in step with our Dutch architecture," Dobernecker said.
LINK thanks, Zamir!