12 Ugliest Buildings on the Planet

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More often than night we see extraordinary buildings during our travels or commutes, and many of them simply boggle the mind with their creativity of design and outstanding appearance. On the other side of the coin, however, there are those that make us take a look and literally think to ourselves, “What was that person thinking?” Well, here are some prime examples of such buildings. Take a gander and see for yourself; you will likely be unpleasantly surprised.

1. Roundhouses in the Netherlands

1. Roundhouses in the Netherlands

A group of architects where granted permission in the late 1970’s to build roundhouses, also called ‘bolwoningen’. If it worked out the way it was supposed to they would have built more, but these were so ugly that they garnered no further encouragement, so the plans ended up in the toilet, so to speak.

2. Ryugyong Hotel

2. Ryugyong Hotel

This building can be found in Pyongyang. Building began in 1987 and ended in ’92 because the project ran out of the needed funding. It ended up without elevation, making this a shoe in for our ‘ugliest building’ list!

3. Federation Square

3. Federation Square

In Melbourne, Australia you can view Federation Square, designed by Peter Davidson and Don Bates. So ugly it is that only the designers themselves could hold fondness of love for the structure.

4. Edificio Mirado

4. Edificio Mirado

Madrid is home to this insane building. MVRDV, an architectural group there, designed it to reach nearly sixty-three and a half meters tall, and it houses twenty-one stories in all. It is unique in that it sports a massive hole in the center of the structure which is a little over halfway up the building. It serves as an observation area, a garden, and provides pretty impressive views. The colors you see here shows how each different block of the building was planned differently. It also houses nine individual apartments.

5. The Pilgrimage Church

5. The Pilgrimage Church

This German church was built by Gottfried Bohm and was erected between 1968 and 1973. While the structure made Bohm a bit famous in his own right, it was considered a definite eyesore, but it is attributed to him as his most prolific project.

6. The Elephant Building

6. The Elephant Building

This can be found in Bangkok, Thailand, and as you can see it closely resembles a great big lower-case ‘m’. The building is a high-rise located on both Ratchadaphisic and Paholyothin Roads in case you ever want to visit while you are there.

7. The Landmark Theater

7. The Landmark Theater

If you ever visit Ilfracombe, Devon, you may want to get a load of this! It is surrounded by cottages for fishermen, and it is right on the sea. It looks quite a bit like a pair of gas towers rather than a theater. Ugly as they may be, there are currently no plans to raze the building.

8. The Kaden Building

8. The Kaden Building

This is in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and it looks a lot like someone hung a massive doily or table cloth over the front. I guess it may look great…to someone.

9. The Portland Building

9. The Portland Building

Found in Portland, Oregon, USA this building is made from plain white masonry and sports very small windows. The first three stories are done in green (green?) tile, which adds a bit to its unattractive facade.

10. Boston City Hall

10. Boston City Hall

Massachusetts is known for having some pretty cool structures, and maybe some even appreciate this one, but it was only suited properly for the day it was built in. Today it is a bit dreary compared to the more modern structures the area boasts today.

11. First World Hotel

11. First World Hotel

This colorful (and somewhat ugly) hotel has over 6,000 rooms, which is something to brag about, but even Malaysia could have done better than this. It’s coloring looks a bit like some school kids did the paint job.

12. The Fang Yuan Building

12. The Fang Yuan Building

This Chinese structure appears to be the joining of a bunch of different ideas. Some areas are based on Chinese coins, while the rest appears to be your typical corporate building. It is made of concrete, steel, and grooved glass.

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