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Are these the ugliest buildings in the world?

Are these the ugliest buildings in the world?


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21: The ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture and observation tower at the London 2012 Olympic Park. Designed by Anish Kapoor with Cecil Balmond and due to open this year.






20: The Verizon Building or 375 Pearl in New York City. Designed by Rose, Beaton & Rose and opened in 1975.






19: Aldar headquarters building in Abu Dhabi. Designed by MZ Architects and opened in 2010. This coin-shaped building is the world's first circular skyscraper.






18: The Longaberger Basket Company building in Newark, Ohio. Opened in 1997.






17: The Žižkov Television Tower in Prague, Czech Republic. Designed by Václav Aulický and Jiří Kozák and completed in 1992. The tower is adorned with sculptures of crawling babies.






16: Ponte City Apartments in Johannesburg, the tallest residential skyscraper in Africa, at 54 storeys. Designed by Manfred Hermer and completed in 1975.






15: Strata SE1 in Elephant & Castle, London. Designed by BFLS and completed in 2010.






14: The National Library of Belarus in Minsk. Dersigned by Mihail Vinogradov and Viktor Kramarenko and opened in 2006.







13: Grand Lisboa Hotel in Macau. Designed by Hong Kong architects Dennis Lau and Ng Chun Man and opened in 2007.






12: The Slovak Radio Building in Bratislava. This inverted pyramid was designed by Štefan Svetko, Štefan Ďurkovič and Barnabáš Kissling and it was completed in 1983.






11: The Elephant Building in Bangkok, Thailand. Designed by Sumet Jumsai and completed in 1997.






10: The SIS Building in Vauxhall, London, also known as the MI6 Building. The headquarters of the British Secret Intelligence Service was designed by Terry Farrell and opened in 1994.






9: The Mirador Building in Madrid. Designed by Dutch architecture studio MVRDV in collaboration with the Spanish architect Blanca Lleó and opened in 2005.






8: Federation Square in Melbourne, Australia. Designed by Lab Architecture Studio and Bates Smart. Opened in 2002.






7: The Metropolitan Cathedral Church of Christ the King in Liverpool. Designed by Frederick Gibberd and opened in 1967.






6: The Russian embassy in Havana, Cuba. Designed by Alexander G Rochegov, and opened in 1985.





5: The Tours Aillaud (also known as Tours Nuages) in Nanterre, a suburb of Paris, France. Designed by Emile Aillaud and built in 1977.






4: The Fang Yuan Building in Shenyang, northeast China's Liaoning Province. Designed by CY Lee, who fused together the idea of an old Chinese coin, complete with square cut-outs, with a contemporary modern office block. Opened in 2001.






3: The National Library in Pristina, Kosovo. Designed by Croatian architect Andrija Mutnjakovic and opened in 1982.






2: The 105-storey Ryugyong hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. Designed by Baikdoosan Architects & Engineers. Construction began in 1987 and stopped between 1992 and 2008. Exterior work is now complete, but it is not known if it will ever open.






1: Torre Velasca in Milan, Italy. Designed by the BBPR architectural partnership and built in the 1950s.

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I can't remember if it's in Louisville or Nashville but there is a building that looks to be maid out of doilies. It's a glaring omission.

That and Guy's Hospital.
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I would go so far as to say that I love these buildings:

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17: The Žižkov Television Tower in Prague, Czech Republic. Designed by Václav Aulický and Jiří Kozák and completed in 1992. The tower is adorned with sculptures of crawling babies.












12: The Slovak Radio Building in Bratislava. This inverted pyramid was designed by Štefan Svetko, Štefan Ďurkovič and Barnabáš Kissling and it was completed in 1983.





6: The Russian embassy in Havana, Cuba. Designed by Alexander G Rochegov, and opened in 1985.





3: The National Library in Pristina, Kosovo. Designed by Croatian architect Andrija Mutnjakovic and opened in 1982.



Verizon and the Elephant Building definitely belong on the list though.
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I have a big soft spot for the Elephant Building.
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This article claims the Abu Dhabi building is the world's first circular skyscraper, but then they show another circular skyscraper in Shenyang that's 9 years older.

This is, as usual, a stupid list. 90% of the stuff on the internet is worthless, HuffPo style content mills that add zero value and simply aggregate stuff from other places.
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The Elephant Building is fun.
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I can't remember if it's in Louisville or Nashville but there is a building that looks to be maid out of doilies. It's a glaring omission.

That and Guy's Hospital.
Kaden Tower in Louisville.

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Made out of doilies.
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The building of the Longaberger Basket Company is really original.
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This is a fun thread.
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That Stratta SE1 Building is pretty bad ass, and for reasons I cannot put into words, I've always loved that Vodacom building in Jo'burg.
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I could do without the wind turbines but yes, it is super-cool.

So is the building in Louisville, although it would look SO much better without the Ruth's Chris sign (and with a good cleaning). It's so top-heavy, it appears to be floating - perfect for a building that's all about lacy lightness.

Unfortunately the screen is built with exposed aggregate concrete, so it cannot be painted or easily cleaned - it is truly the world's ugliest construction material. If the screen was done in modern precast, it would be a thing of beauty.



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None of those buildings are ugly. Actually, many of them are really bad-ass. Half of them look like they came from Blade Runner. I can take a ten minute walk and find twenty uglier buildings then the ones posted here.
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i like a lot of these. where's the knockoff world trade center twin towers from china? there's also a glut of late 70s and 1980s towers that haven't aged gracefully.

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I'm actually very pleased to find these in this useless list.
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5: The Tours Aillaud (also known as Tours Nuages) in Nanterre, a suburb of Paris, France. Designed by Emile Aillaud and built in 1977.

Social housing of course. I mean who the nuts wants to live in there? The day when they're torn down or totally restructured will be a party. While modern architecture can often be wonderful, those brutalist, concrete or 'commieblock' looks heavily developed from the 50s to the 70s were a sorry mistake in my opinion. Some may like it, which is nothing wrong, just a matter of taste, but most don't. It's undeniable.
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As far as commieblocks go, those are probably the least ugly there are.
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Yeah, they're fun!

Reminds me of the Hillard Homes in Chicago.


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The Longaberger Basket Company building looks like a tourist trap you would see one the side of the interstate in Tennessee.
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The author needs to get out more. These aren't so bad, and a few aren't bad at all.
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Reminds me of the Hillard Homes in Chicago.


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