Here’s a list for all of you who’ve ever wondered: why did they build that? Everyone has their own candidate for the world’s ugliest building and beauty is IN THE EYE of the beholder, but this list brings together five of the most colossal mistakes in architectural history. Some are downright repellent in their form and structure, while others boggle the mind with strange choices. Without any further ado, here’s Wacky News’ List of the Five Ugliest Buildings In The World!
The Royal National Theatre, UK. One London’s most iconic and prominent cultural sites, the National Theatre is colossus of authoritarian form and ugly concrete. The building was designed by Denys Lasdun and Peter Softley, two men who obviously possessed a great sense of humour. Classically of its time (the seventies), this three stage building is a stark reminder of how rigid and formal construction used to be.
The Pixel Building, Australia. Melbourne’s Pixel Building has been attracting some attention lately, though most of it is for the wrong reason. Even though it’s the greenest office space in the country, the Pixel Building is a weird combination of off colour facades and weird protrusions. Still, hats are off to the designers for creating a carbon neutral, self sufficient building made of recyclable materials (factors which make it more attractive, to my mind).
The Ryugyong Hotel, North Korea. You wouldn’t expect a North Korean hotel to be particularly hospitable, but this is something else. Widely recognised as a grandiose and mind-numbingly ugly piece of architecture, the Ryugyong Hotel boasts a boring exterior and a tacky interior. So it’s the perfect place for your next holiday! Check Trip Advisor for the “Hotel of Doom”.
Trump Tower, USA. Just like the man himself, Trump Tower is an over bearing and gaudy monolith that lauds over Metropolitan New York like a leering bully. Classified as contemporary in the eighties, this outdated eye sore has drawn the ire of many a local New Yorker since its unfortunate construction.
The Sharp Centre for Design, Canada. Toronto’s Sharp Centre is quite the sight to behold, with a dazzling array of black and white squares mashed together with just about everything else. Part of the Ontario College of Art & Design, this building should’ve been considerably more graceful and elegant. Instead, it’s just downright unappealing.
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