Now and then, we grab the opportunity to praise architects who consistently outdo themselves and surprise us with their marvelous creations. Because designing impressive and remarkable structures that leave everyone in awe is far from an easy task. It requires years of hard work, dedication, and understanding of seemingly endless aspects of human life. But far too often, we stumble upon places that tell us one universal truth — some pieces of architecture are utter disasters.
Here’s where ‘The World’s Ugliest Buildings’ Twitter account comes in. This social media project is dedicated to pictures of some of the most visually displeasing architectural examples globally. It shares the worst of the bunch. They leave an impression even when they are the most unattractive fiascos ever discovered.
For your entertainment, the Twitter account in question has been documenting terrible building examples ever since it was created in 2020. As the creator writes in the description, this social media account is a virtual gallery of some of the ugliest buildings worldwide, from China to Belgium to the United States. And they certainly deliver.
Moreover, each photo has a caption with the location of the building, and some offer more information like its name, construction date, and architect. So if some of these pictures left you scratching your head and wondering, “What on earth were these people thinking!” this makes it much easier for you to look them up.
We at A&D have gathered some of the most memorable pictures from the page to share with you all. Be sure to hit upvote as you go, and let us know which of these places you’d love to see IRL in the comments! So sit back, buckle up, and get ready to go down the rabbit hole of architectural hiccups.
01. Renmin Ribao Building In Beijing, China. It was ‘Erected’ In 2013.
02. Hotel Casanus In Antwerp, Belgium.
03. Bosnia-Herzegovina, 1977 By V. Stojanović.
04. Jastrzębie-Zdrój In Poland
05. London, UK.
06. AT&T Headquarters In Houston.
07. Cheerful But Sad In Belgium.
08. Nunotani Office Building In Tokyo, By Eisenman Architects.
09. Bullring In Birmingham, UK.
10. Justin Bieber’s House In Beverly Hills.
11. Aoyama Technical College, By Makoto Sei Watanabe, 1990 In Tokyo, Japan.
12. Tirau, New Zealand.
13. Antilia Mumbai In India By Perkins and Will & Hirsch Bedner Associates.
14. Trump International Hotel In Las Vegas, Nevada, the USA By Joel Bergman.
15. Berlin, Germany.
16. University Of Cincinnati’s Crosley Tower In USA.
17. Edificio Mirador In Madrid By MVRDV & Blanca Lleó.
18. Many Have Suggested We Publish The New OMA Department Store In South Korea, «Modeled On A Prolapsed Intestine.»
19. Gran Canaria In Spain.
20. Intempo In Benidom, Spain By Pérez-Guerras Arquitectos & Ingenieros.
21. Amertec Building By Chayo Frank In Miami, Florida.
22. Nepal SBI Bank Ltd., In Kathmandu, Nepal.
23. Saudi Arabia.
24. Scottish Parliament.
25. Jounieh, Lebanon
26. Kahramanmaras, Turkey
27. Marriot Hotel, Sochi.
28. Museo “Lock Ness” Torre del Vino, Socuéllamos, Ciudad Real, Spain.
29. National Library Of Kosovo By Andrija Mutnjaković.
30. The Pyramids By Sjoerd Soeters In Amsterdam, Netherlands.
31. The High-Heel Wedding Church, Taiwan.
32. Caltrans District 7 Headquarters In Los Angeles, USA.
33. Kushan, China.
34. One Of The Good ol’ Classics: The Longaberger “Basket” Company, Newark, Ohio.
35. Tianzi Hotel In Langfang, China
36. The Ministry Of Economy And Finance, Paris, France By Paul Chemetov and Borja Huidobro.
37. The “Elephant House” In Lagos, Nigeria, Triggered The Creation Of The So-called “Ugly Building Law,” By Which Owners Are Liable To Pay A Tax Depending On How Their Building Rates On A Scale Of 1 to 1,000.
38. Office Center 1000 Kaunas, AKA “The Banknote Building” Kaunas, Lithuania.
39. Dubai, UAE.
40. Pharaoh Building, A Dental Clinic In Kyoto, Japan.
41. Tel Aviv, Israel, 1985: Leon Gaignebet Wanted To Create A Building That Brought Together The Sea And The Desert.
42. High Point, North Carolina.
43. The Royal Ontario Museum By Michael Lee-China. Canada.
44. Museo Pablo Serrano, Zaragoza, Spain.
45. The Binoculars Building By Frank Gehry In Los Angeles.
46. Ryugyong Hotel, An Unfinished 105-Story Skyscraper In Pyongyang, North Korea.
47. The Museum Of Pop Culture (Formerly Experience Music Project) In Seattle, USA By Frank Gehry, Allegedly Inspired By Jimmy Hendrix’s Guitar.
48. The Pixel Building, By Grocon, In Melbourne, Australia.
49. Museo Del Diseño De Barcelona, España. Por Martorell-Bohigas-Mackay.
50. Gringo Mall, Yekaterinburg.
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