13 stunning buildings that look like boats

A home that floats on the water is a houseboat. So, is a boat that sits on dry land and acts like a building a boathouse? Perhaps.

Here are some buildings that are shaped like boats — perfect for getting that nautical feel without horrible seasickness.

The Museum of Maritime Science in Tokyo looks, naturally, like a huge ship. It was modelled after the British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2, and features seagoing exhibits like an icebreaker and a cannon from a World War II battleship.

The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is also, fittingly, shaped like a boat, but this one is a little smaller. The museum is free, and boasts some of the best views of the San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The Sun Cruise Resort & Yacht in Jeongdongjin, South Korea, is built to look like a huge cruise ship that ran aground and somehow ended up on a cliff. It's 541 feet long and 148 feet tall, and boasts 211 rooms, volleyball court, and a fitness club.

The Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino sits next to the mighty Colorado River in Laughlin, Nevada. It was built to resemble a 19th-century Mississippi paddle wheel riverboat.

The offices of Softpak, a company that develops software for running harbours, looks like a giant freight ship. It's located in Rotterdam, home to the biggest port in Europe.

This terrestrial cruise ship is located right in the heart of Hong Kong's largest housing estate, Whampoa Garden. It's a mall that contains restaurants and a hotel in addition to shops.

It's not egregiously boat-shaped, but the historic Coca-Cola Building in Los Angeles has many hallmarks of a ship, including portholes, a catwalk, and a bridge. It became a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1975, 36 years after it was built.

This landlocked vessel is located in Annicco, a commune in Italy.

The SS Encinitas and SS Moonlight are located a mere two blocks from the ocean in Encinitas, California, but they have never been out to sea. The two houses were built in the late 1920s, and considered to be examples of 'courtyard architecture,' according to the town's historical society.

The headquarters of Nigeria's Ministry of Defence are located in the totally landlocked capital city of Abuja. Why is the building shaped like a boat, then? It was originally the Maritime Building.

St. Theresa's Church in the Indian city Thrissur is better known as the 'Ship Church' for obvious reasons. Positioned next to a school, the hull contains a place of worship and underground cemetery.

Cap Ducal is a ship-shaped hotel in restaurant overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Vina del Mar, Chile. The views are spectacular.

Bonus: Well, it's not a boat, but The National Fisheries Development Board regional office in Hyderabad, India, definitely looks like it should be out at sea, hanging out deep below all the other boathouses.

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