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10 Ugliest Buildings in the World

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

  1. SField

    SField Well-Known Member

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    something other than a black rectangular prism. Huge black squares really brighten up the skyline............................[​IMG]

    So a blue prism is more attractive to you? And a skyline should be bright? What are some examples of what you find to be impressive or valuable pieces of architecture?
     
  2. gdl203

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    Again, what people choose to post here gives a good indication of their own level of taste.
     
  3. HORNS

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    I don't have a problem with people posting Mies van der Rohe, because I certainly don't think there is anything about his buildings that make me want to be near them or step inside them. They are chillingly austere and being around them for very long, while living in Chicago, made me start clinching my teeth.
     
  4. StephenHero

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    Tinted glass has had its day and needs to go. It's the VHS tape of transparency control.
     
  5. gdl203

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    I don't have a problem with people posting Mies van der Rohe, because I certainly don't think there is anything about his buildings that make me want to be near them or step inside them. They are chillingly austere and being around them for very long, while living in Chicago, made me start clinching my teeth.

    Yeah - da Vinci and Mozart sucked too
     
  6. johnapril

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    What kind of windows go into office towers that are basically all windows? Can such windows be used in houses?
     
  7. StephenHero

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    The newest technology is fritted glass that uses small ceramic dots that are bonded to the glass that reflect heat and varying degrees of sunlight away from the building. It's better looking, more environmentally friendly, and easier to see through than tinted glass. On a high rise it's not even noticeable. On a house the better option is triple pane glass which can have pockets of gases between them to provide insulation. [​IMG]
     
  8. johnapril

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    Thanks, SH! Do you happen to know a good book on passive construction?
     
  9. StephenHero

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    This book is a very good overview of all green building principles, passive solar included. It's written for architects but very accessible. Most of this information is really easy to understand anyway.

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  10. HORNS

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    Yeah - da Vinci and Mozart sucked too

    Well, neither none of us will be around 200 years from now to see if van der Rohe is compared to those two. Not a big fan of classical music, anyway.

    Personally, I just happen to dislike austere architecture - growing up in a very rural environment, I feel more comfortable (happier, even?) surrounded by more organic materials and aesthetics.
     
  11. Pennglock

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    [​IMG]

    eyesore of Toronto's financial district.


    What the hell?
     
  12. Journeyman

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    What the hell?

    +1. They look like two massive, alien spaceships that suddenly landed there - totally at odds with everything around them and divorced from the landscape.
     
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    I like them, they feel ominous, oppressive, and like something IBM would make all at the same time
     
  14. Dragon

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    ^^I think they look OK too. Again, look at the surrounding buildings. Much, much uglier I think.
     
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    That looks like my balls on a Thursday morning!
     
  16. HORNS

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    That looks like my balls on a Thursday morning!

    Covered in bumps?
     
  17. edinatlanta

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    That looks like my balls on a Thursday morning!

    Un-used and un-loved?
     
  18. Dakota rube

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    While I'll not go so far as to call it an eyesore, I do find the similarity to this striking...

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  19. oneeightyseven

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    That looks like my balls on a Thursday morning!

    surrounded by green growth?
     
  20. Flambeur

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    I have mixed feelings about this thread. Context, originality, unapologetic creativity should all be considered. There are very few buildings I truly hate, and I am definitely more open-minded about architects I used to dislike before.
    Again, what people choose to post here gives a good indication of their own level of taste.
    LEVEL of taste? How exactly? You make it sound hierarchical, as if those with excellent taste (by your definition) would appreciate and dislike the same things (well, buildings in this case) Seriously? Oh wait, this is SF. Carry on. I'm the guy with Lady Gaga in his avatar.
     

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