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10 Ugliest Buildings in the World

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

  1. Verno Inferno

    Verno Inferno Well-Known Member

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    I like them, they feel ominous, oppressive, and like something IBM would make all at the same time

    Ha! You're pretty good... this is the IBM Building in downtown Chicago [​IMG]
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  2. leftover_salmon

    leftover_salmon Senior member

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    Ha! You're pretty good... this is the IBM Building in downtown Chicago [​IMG]

    I quite like the Mies van der Rohe International style.
     
  3. JetBlast

    JetBlast Senior member

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    I quite like the Mies van der Rohe International style.

    I do as well. Something about the executive look of it is appealing.
     
  4. dganderson

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    There are buildings that are uglier but these from my alma mater are pretty awful.

    First up is General Classroom Building. As you can tell there are two different colors of bricks, the darker one is this weird shade of brown that has faded differently. Honorable mention for Library North just to the right and back of GCB. Thankfully they have renovated part of it in the last few years.

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    The Urban Life Building seen in the back is also atrocious. As you can see, windows weren't something the designers thought were too important. They can only be found near those round--things--at the corners. The Bastille was the inspiration for ULB. Walking inside is just as soul crushing as you would imagine. (BTW: Found this picture at some thread about the ugliest law schools).

    [​IMG]

    Let me be honest, I could have selected any buildings from GSU and included them in this thread.


    Seconded. GSU has some horrendous buildings. Atlanta has some of the best looking and absolute worst looking buildings around.
     
  5. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    What if Le Corbusier had had his way with the Marais?
     
  6. tagutcow

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    That's part of what makes this stuff aggravating: they don't harmonize with their surroundings. They just end up being a massive monument to the architect's ego.

    I agree. The black skyscrapers are jarring in their environment. As well, scale is not a non-consideration; what may be elegant for a 10-story office building can be overbearing for a skyscraper.

    Not harmonizing with their environments is the biggest sin for some of these things, like this:

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    McMansions are so unambitious I don't see how they warrant includion in this thread. Sure, they're in bad taste, but they're somebody's very cozy home, and I'd much rather live in one of them than where I'm living now on any day of the week.
     
  7. SField

    SField Senior member

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    I think that blending with your environment is how ideas and aesthetics become stagnant.
     
  8. Britalian

    Britalian Senior member

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    I have always considered Westminster Cathedral, on Victoria Street, London particularly vulgar.
     
  9. culverwood

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    The MI6 headquarters in London deserves a mention.
     
  10. NorCal

    NorCal Senior member

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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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    First thing I thought of, great minds think alike. Either that or we've both smoked one too many.
     
  11. apropos

    apropos Senior member

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    blehhhhh. If I wanted an old black box..well..I'd be Conne. [​IMG]
    Requoted for sheer awesomeness.
     
  12. wetnose

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    Even worse than ugly, it's not even functional - Ontario College of Art and Design

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  13. oneeightyseven

    oneeightyseven Senior member

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    Requoted for sheer awesomeness.

    thank you, thank you. [​IMG]

    What are some examples of what you find to be impressive or valuable pieces of architecture?

    Here you go. To be built:
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    http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat...servatory.html
     
  14. dganderson

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    Even worse than ugly, it's not even functional - Ontario College of Art and Design

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    Holy crap, that's insane. What part of Ontario is that located in?
     
  15. oneeightyseven

    oneeightyseven Senior member

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    Holy crap, that's insane. What part of Ontario is that located in?

    Toronto. OCAD kids are fags. One girl painted a picture out of her menstrual blood and got applauded for being so "artistic".
     
  16. Aaron

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    Holy crap, that's insane. What part of Ontario is that located in?
    It's in downtown Toronto. I've never been inside it but always thought it was something different in a neighbourhood of fairly bland buildings.
     
  17. freshcutgrass

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    Except for the Gehry literally next door I guess.

    That's the thing with Aslop buildings...they don't require bland surroundings to stand out. OCAD got a lot of bang for their buck...the "flying tabletop" was done on a very small budget.
     
  18. Aaron

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    Except for the Gehry literally next door I guess.
    Oh yeah, forgot about the AGO.
     
  19. freshcutgrass

    freshcutgrass Senior member

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    Mies's TD Centre is bad architecture???

    Really...the word "style" needs to be removed from this forum's title.

    It's also not a very flattering photo...it also looks altered, as the dimensions seem squished or something.


    Well, I guess at the time (the 60's) it did stand out, but it's hardly an issue nowadays, as a "few" buildings have been added to the area.
     
  20. FidelCashflow

    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    Even worse than ugly, it's not even functional - Ontario College of Art and Design
    This is why Albertans hate Ontario
    Is this ugly? [​IMG]
    I was going to ask what 4th world country this monstrosity hailed from... until I saw the filename.
     

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