Hyperboloid Architecture

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Arnot Power Station, Middelburg, South Africa. [ image source 2010-02-04 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:South_Africa-Mpumalanga-Middelburg-Arnot_Power_Station01.jpg ]
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The James S McDonnell Planetarium building at the St. Louis Science Center.
Ciechanow water tower
“Water tower in Ciechanów, Poland. Designed by Jerzy Michał Bogusławski; built in 1972. The support structure is an hyperboloid lattice and the water reservoir is a toroid.”. [ image source 2010-02-06 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ciechanow_water_tower.jpg ]

See also:

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Cathedral of Brasilia
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Canton Tower

These structures are called Hyperboloid of One Sheet. They are made of straight lines.