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10 Ugliest Buildings in the World

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by edinatlanta, Nov 20, 2009.

  1. edinatlanta

    edinatlanta Senior member

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    All according to VirtualTourist.com

    I'm surprised Ryugyong Hotel isn't number one and TBH, I kind of liked the Missing Parts building for Petrobras. Rio's Cathedral could have made the list, and it certainly is the ugliest church I've ever seen.

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    Ceauşescu Palace [​IMG] Also, most brutalism makes me feel like I'm in a utility corridor.
     
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    I nominate Daniel Libeskind's new shit pile in Covington, Kentucky.

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    I nominate Daniel Libeskind's new shit pile in Covington, Kentucky.

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    Looks infinitely better than what surrounds it though
     
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    Add to the list: anything done by Rem Koolhaas and Frank Gehry.
     
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    fictional and not real, but i think the tyrell corporation building is darn ugly.
     
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    I'll give those a pass. They were probably built at 1/10 the cost per sq. foot.
     
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    Add to the list: anything done by Rem Koolhaas and Frank Gehry.

    wow [​IMG] talk
     
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    I nominate Daniel Libeskind's new shit pile in Covington, Kentucky.
    I swear I must not have the 'orthodox unorthodox' eye for design. I saw this building a few months ago, and it seems pretty awesome. ~ H
     
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    Add to the list: anything done by Rem Koolhaas and Frank Gehry.

    +1 oh Rem Koolhaas.


    Look at this shit he designed for my alma matter's beautiful campus:

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    Jardine House in Hong Kong doesn't get much love. Often called the "Building of 1,000 Assholes." Dunno if it's top 10 ugly necessarily but interesting and high-profile enough to be commented on. [​IMG]
     
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    Looks infinitely better than what surrounds it though

    +1
     
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    Add to the list: anything done by Rem Koolhaas and Frank Gehry.

    wow [​IMG] talk

    It's not that different from the recent inco & jl backlash.
     
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    I think Shanghai is full of absolutely hideous buildings, many of which are considered pretty landmark. Pearl Tower obviously, but there are also all these gaudy gold-colored buildings and crazy UFO domes on everything. Nasty.
     
  15. gdl203

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    +1 oh Rem Koolhaas.


    Look at this shit he designed for my alma matter's beautiful campus:

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    I can't tell if you're joking or not. This is awesome.

    Also, his Maison à Bordeaux has to be one of the most brilliantly designed house in the last few decades.
     
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    I nominate Daniel Libeskind's new shit pile in Covington, Kentucky.
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    Now that's one fugly building! [​IMG]
     
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    I can't tell if you're joking or not. This is awesome.

    Also, his Maison à Bordeaux has to be one of the most brilliantly designed house in the last few decades.


    not joking. It's a pizza box that is a tumor on one of the oldest and nicest buildings on campus.

    I love the interior of the building, but I really dislike the way it looks in relation to its location on campus.


    -1 on the "brilliantly designed" apsect of Maison a Bordeaux. I know you'll give me flack for this, but to quote the GF on this building: "the general concept seems straightforward and nice. three separate "houses" for different aspects of living. each house is defined differently (like the article says-carved into the hill, open, enclosed) then the elevator platform is looked at as a room that moves between all of these. what would make or break this is how that movement is defined, and how each "house" is articulated". its a good prect conceptually, finished a little funny. its odd because its a simple, fun, good idea. but its made to take itself very seriously and finished with these funny details and shapes that over do it."

    then again, she can be very harsh on R.K.
     
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    gomestar Senior member

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    for further Rem Koolhaas discussion, I asked the GF if she liked him:

    As a person. Not at all. Total douche. Seriously. He has a public mistress.

    The projects his office does that are really cool tend to be made cool by someone else, engineers actually. And I haven't been in one building of his I like. The finishes are cheap. I think the cctv tower is cool, its amazing that the engineers found a way to make it buildable. The seattle public library is similar, that seems like a good building.

    The kunsthall in rotterdam seemed a bit nice, there's some poetic approached to what a column is, but its a little literal. There is a log at the entrance, normal columns through out, some steel shapes. A running commentary. But the you go somewhere like that crematorium in berlin and its just blown away. that is poetry, that is using light and material to shape space and feeling.

    He has a building in chicago at whatever the school there is called, iit, itt? He went on a site visit and decided he liked how the ceilings look unfinished. Essentially blue foam, it looks cheap and it won't hold up. We visited these buildings on my summer trip. We saw buildings hundreds of years old, and then ones from modernism that were about 100 years old. Most were in great shape, looked like they'd continue standing no matter what.

    His buildings don't look like they will look nice in 100 years, or be standing. They are nice conceptual arrangements and approaches, with interesting structure (sometimes) and cheap finishing.
     
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    Interesting thoughts. I've seen these "cheap" finishes your gf talks about and I tend to think of them as "rough" rather than cheap. Cheap implies a lack of attention to detail and skill - something that I don't think is accurate here. In other words, his buildings and houses are intended to look "cheaply" (or roughly) finished IMO.
     

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