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Die Before You Visit These Top 10 World’s Ugliest Structures

Posted on December 9, 2009 | Top 10One Comment



Atrocities, nightmares, frights, or eyesores – you can label them with numerous such names. However, hideous buildings are pitifully all over the places. And you simply cannot categorize them because they are just UGLY.

In an attempt to erect a contemporary or ultramodern edifice, several such blunders have blemished our planet with ugly spots. Let’s examine 10 such stains.

1.    Ryogyong Hotel (Pyongyang, North Korea)

The construction of this 105-story hotel building halted in 1992 and never resumed again. Maybe because the architect himself might have had a real look at it and realized his blunder. However, the real reason is not yet known. Some say it might collapse, some say the builders had no more money to waste, and some say it was just awful being a part of it. Fortunately, the world did not have to accept the embracement of the hotel’s inauguration and never will have to.

Ryogyong Hotel

2.    National Library (Pristina, Kosovo)

This already weird structure is decorated with some honeycomb garnishing just to make it worse. It looks like a murky armory bunker scaring readers away rather than attracting them. From no angle, it represents a library.

National Library Pristina

3.    Michael Lee-Chin Crystal, Royal Ontario Musuem

The construction of this structure concluded in 2007 after spending around $270 million. Immediately after its erection, it started being loathed by visitors. Some say the reputation of this crystal museum is shattered and so will be the structure. My personal observation says it’s quite ugly because it cannot quite merge or connect with the adjoining buildings.

royal ontario museum

4.    Markel Building; Richmond (Virginia, USA)

Any observer (not necessarily an architectural expert) will prospect the ugliness of this structure. It looks quite similar to a UFO banged from all the sides may be by human fighter-planes. Or may be the design of this building is stirred by a boiled potato, which the architect had for lunch a day before planning it.

Markel Building Richmond

5.    Petrobras Headquarters (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)

This unfinished construction appears quite awful and unpleasant in it early stages. Moreover, the external laths seem as if the building is ripping apart. This structure is definitely ruining the eminence and elegance of Rio De Janeiro.

Petrobras Headquarters

6.    Federation Square (Melbourne, Australia)

If you ask me to rate it, this structure would be the ugliest amongst all. Firstly, it’s a shame for vicinity like Melbourne to embrace such a frantic structure with unprepossessing wires emitting even uglier lights. Secondly, I don’t know who decided on the location of this edifice. It is enclosed by Flinders Street Station, granite gothic church, Y&j’s pub, Yarra, and quite near to Princess Bridge. Why such a splotch in between?

Federation Square Melbourne

7.    Center Georges Pompidou (Paris, France)

Wow! Now that’s what you call a fabulously ugly building. The multihued pipes stuck on the outside of the building definitely make it a distinct and uncommon architecture but not at all admirable. However, I am only against the structural design of this building. It has got some very astonishing frescos by many celebrated artists. Thankfully, those artists are not alive to stomach the slur done with their best paintings by preserving them in worst container.

center Georges Pompidou

8.    The Beehive (Wellington, New Zealand)

This wedding cake shaped building is another blotch bruising the architectural ability and famousness of our world. It took around 12 years to construct this ugly piece, which is now occupied by Kiwi government officials. Though it’s liked by quite a few natives, I personally detest it.

The Beehive Wellington

9.    Zizkov Television Tower (Prague, Czech Republic)

The 216 metre tower is the tallest structure in Prague. This is a fact, so people obviously have to believe it. However, greater number of people believes that it’s one of the ugliest structures of the world. The viewing platform on the summit of the tower offers magnificent views but pathetic coffee. Yes, it has a restaurant and a café there. The construction of this tower started in 1984 and took (or rather wasted) 8 years to finally finish in 1992.

Zizkov Television Tower

10.    Morris A. Mechanic Theater (Baltimore, USA)

Constructed by John Johansen in 1967, the Morris Mechanic Theater tops the list of most dreadful buildings due to its obnoxious curves and monochrome smear. It becomes quite difficult to believe that such a bleak charade of this once-theater was a one amongst the preferred stages of renowned individualities like George C Scott and Katherine. Though not demolished, blissfully the edifice is now secluded. It seems like one of those houses that I used to build with my playing cards.

Morris A. Mechanic Theater

The cities where these ugly structures are erected are witnessing enormous tourist attraction. People visit these sights to laugh and capture it in their cameras to laugh again later.

However funny these constructions might be, it should not be considered as a shaggy dog story. These architectures create a negative impact and ruin the reputation of the region, city or even country.

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One Comment »

  • Aurelien says:

    This is totally outrageous! Never knew that wiered constructions can be existing and will be rated as the ugliest among the world! What a work done by the publsher of this article! cheers!

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