10 of the uglier buildings in the world

Have you ever seen a building and thought “Wow, that’s rather unfortunate looking?”  Maybe you saw it in a movie, on social media, or in person. In this post, we’ll take a look at 10 of the more unfavorably designed buildings in the world, at least according to us. Art is a matter of taste, of course, and there are some people who find these buildings aesthetically pleasing. Architecture is, after all, not only about function, but also about form. In any case, we believe these ten are among the less attractive buildings in the world.

10 unattractive buildings

1. Embassy of Russia, Havana, Cuba

This giant ampoule-shaped building is the Russian embassy building in Havana, Cuba. It was constructed in 1987. Other embassy buildings have nothing on this one when it comes to ampoule-ness.


2. National Library of Kosovo, Pristina, Kosovo

The National Museum of Kosovo was designed in 1982 by Croatian architect Andrija Mutnjakovi. Many symbols were used in its design, and it is a good building in terms of architecture and function. However, the exterior appearance isn’t appealing to a wide variety of tastes.


3. Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle, Washington

Frank Gehry, the famous architect, designed this building. This is the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, Washington. The construction is exciting and the technique commendable, for some it lacks a certain appeal.


4. Aoyama Technical College, Tokyo, Japan

The design of this Japanese university, according to its website, shows a new order from the heart of the disorder. Unfortunately, not everyone is a fan of disorder in their architecture, but to each their own. The building was the first major work by architect Makoto Sei Watanabe, with construction completed in 1990.


5. CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, China

This building is used as a CCTV control center for China Central Television and has 44 floors. It’s located in the lower part of Beijing. Some locals think of it as a man squatting and taking a nap.

Designed by OMA as a reinvention of the skyscraper as a loop, construction on the building began in 2004. At approximately 473 000m2, CCTV – accommodating TV studios, offices, broadcasting, and production facilities – is OMA’s largest-ever project and its first significant building in China.

6. Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia

Federation Square is located in Melbourne, Australia, and is a multi-purpose building.   and the different parts of the building are designed incongruently. The network of wires laid on top of this building hasn’t helped the building’s case for grace.

7. First World Hotel, Pahang, Malaysia


Colors are beautiful, and colorful buildings can change the human spirit and energize people. This Malaysian hotel, with more than 6,100 rooms, may do that for some people, but to others, it can be painful to look at.

8. Petrobras Building, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

This is the semi-private company Petrobras’ headquarters, which operates in the oil industry.

9. Pompidou Center, Paris, France

Paris is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and even it has its fair share of less-than-stellar buildings.

The Pompidou Center, a public library and art museum, appears to be constantly under construction due to its design.

In the 1970’s, architects Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers, both unknown at the time, collaborated and erected this famous, radical building.

10. Boston City Hall, Boston, Massachusetts

Boston City Hall was designed by Gerhard Kallmann, a Columbia University professor, and Michael McKinnell, a Columbia graduate student. Although it may have been considered hip and relaxed, the building is often criticized today for its dreariness and out-of-place architecture. Built-in 1968, it is a prominent example of the brutalist architectural style.

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