Friday, 11 May 2012

top 10 ugly building???

— A recent opinion piece in the New York Times resurrected the age-old debate about whether ugly buildings deserved preservation if deemed historically important.

While the staff and travellers at online travel advisers Trippy.com (trippy.com) may be undecided on that issue, they can certainly tell you which buildings they’d put on the list for consideration. Here are their choices for the World’s Top 10 Ugliest Buildings. Reuters ( and blog2shout) has not endorsed this list:

1. J. Edgar Hoover Building (FBI HQ); Washington, D.C.



Even the architect was unhappy with this one. Upon the building’s completion, a displeased I.M. Pei admitted himself there’s little harmony in these conflicting shapes.

3. Sharp Centre for Design; Toronto, Canada

Although some call it innovative, there are others who call it intolerable. While the building’s black and white squares combined with pencil-like stilt supports make it look like a clubhouse for crossword puzzle enthusiasts, this building is actually part of the Ontario College of Art & Design.

4. Aoyama Technical College; Shibuya, Japan




Ever wondered what you get when you cross a Transformers figurine, an oil well, and a curling rock? Now you know. The school’s site offers that the building “represents a new order...through the tolerance of chaos.”

5. Geisel Library; University of California, San Diego, California




This library is one of the best examples of Brutalist architecture ever built, and that’s not a compliment. Named after Audrey and Theodor Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), we think it would have been a whole lot prettier had its benefactor also been its architect.

6. Chang Building (“The Elephant Tower”); Bangkok, Thailand





It’s not that we think the design is that bad and we even like the intended humor. It’s the half-hearted execution that turns this potentially fun idea from attraction to eyesore.

7. Epi Apartments; Seattle, Washington






Yes, the building is carbon neutral, but how many Olympic mascot pins had to die to make it? While we love that the building is self-sufficient (they even collect their own rain water on the roof), we just wish it were a tad more subtle.

10. Royal National Theatre; London, UK








Yes, Shakespeare wrote that “All the world’s a stage...” but he might not have had he lived to see 1970s. While we love the idea of the theatre and the world-class productions mounted here, our feelings don’t quite extend to the actual building. — Reuters

1 comment:

  1. xda la huduh sangat. kretip jugak apa. hehe

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